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Microsoft Goes Open Source with its web browser!

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A period of three years should be good enough for Microsoft to give up on Edge – the Windows 10 default browser, given its web compatibility issues. Reports earlier this week corroborated similar perspective. And now it’s official too! Microsoft has confirmed in a blog post that the company is planning to adopt the Chromium open source project in the development of desktop version of its Edge browser.

The software company is notably taking one of the biggest moves here. For one, the open-source Chromium platform powers the predominant Google’s Chrome browser as well.

What this also implies is that Edge will soon be powered by Blink and the V8 JavaScript engines. Looks like the software giant is embracing the open-source community with open arms for the web.

The company claimed that it has started making contributions to the Chromium project “to help move browsing forward on new ARM-based Windows devices.”

Microsoft also clarified what this move means for many different audiences. For instance, people using Microsoft Edge will experience improved compatibility with all web sites, while benefitting from the best-possible battery life and hardware integration on all kinds of Windows devices.

“Web developers will have a less-fragmented web platform to test their sites against, ensuring that there are fewer problems and increased satisfaction for users of their sites; and because we’ll continue to provide the Microsoft Edge service-driven understanding of legacy IE-only sites, Corporate IT will have improved compatibility for both old and new web apps in the browser that comes with Windows,” it explained.

Microsoft also plans to bring Edge to the Mac later in 2019.

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