Microsoft Is Replacing Edge in Windows 10 with a Chromium-Based Web Browser

Discussion in 'HardForum Tech News' started by cageymaru, Dec 4, 2018.

  1. unfortunateson

    unfortunateson Limp Gawd

    Jul 17, 2004
    This is good news, Edge had only a couple things going for it - mainly better video acceleration and quicker data loading (in some scenarios) vs. Chrome. Overall though, Chrome wins on compatibility and javascript execution speed. If Microsoft can incorporate their pluses into a chromium-based web-browser (and still retain a solid IE compatibility mode for the old, crappy MS-standards-built web pages that will never get updated), they could hopefully go back to a single web browser instead of a bastardized IE11/Edge scenario.
  2. ChadD

    ChadD [H]ardness Supreme

    Feb 8, 2016
    The main takeaway here for end users should be...

    Just run chromium.

    Not sure how much of a pain it is for windows users to self compile things like widevine for DRM (netflix) playback. For Linux users though chromium is in every distros repos... and widevine in most.
  3. RPGWiZaRD

    RPGWiZaRD [H]ard|Gawd

    Jan 24, 2009
    Well at least Chrome has group policy support when running a domain controller like we do at work which Firefox unfortunately doesn't. The biggest hinderance to Firefox is extension control support for clients which could potentially be a security issue.
  4. 4saken

    4saken [H]ardForum Junkie

    Sep 14, 2004
    makes perfect sense with the direction MS has had over the last 5ish years. They are the largest OSS contributor in the tech industry. Still surprised people dont get that.
  5. c3k

    c3k 2[H]4U

    Sep 8, 2007
    Rollout in first half of 2019? Ok. Will the Win10 auto update just delete Edge, or will this new browser be installed in parallel to Edge, and be a user option?
  6. DejaWiz

    DejaWiz Oracle of Unfortunate Truths

    Apr 15, 2005
    One of the first things I do after a fresh Win10 install is change the default browser to IE...
  7. Dermen

    Dermen Limp Gawd

    Oct 10, 2017
    I have used Firefox for years. I started running into a few problems with it on my PC and phone, maybe around the time the new version came out. I switched to Chrome, but it doesn't block video/audio from auto playing and it was very annoying. Edge added blocking auto play media last month so I have been using it since. Haven't ran into any sites that wouldn't work properly and blocking auto play media is just something I can't do without.

    The only annoying thing about Edge is you can't have it sync with Edge on your phone unless you use a Microsoft account to login to Windows 10.