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Microsoft opens extensions shipments for its Chromium-based Edge browser

Microsoft has opened extension developer presentations for its new Edge browser based on Chromium.

Redmond made the decision earlier this year to end the development of Microsoft's own browser engine and use Google Chrome.

The decision was received with a mixed reaction. Some welcomed Microsoft by adding their experience to the development of Chromium, while others, especially Mozilla, expressed concern about the loss of another alternative to Google's domain.

"Microsoft’s decision gives Google more ability to decide on its own what possibilities are available to each of us," Mozilla CEO Chris Beard said at the time.

Most browsers are based on Chromium and the only important alternative is Firefox (except Apple devices). The advantage for developers is that it means fewer engines to test compatibility issues.

In response to Mozilla's position, Kenneth Auchenberg, Microsoft's program manager at the time, tweets:

"It is time for Mozilla to get off her philosophical ivory tower. The network is dominated by Chromium, if they really 'care' for the web, they will be contributing instead of building a parallel universe that is used by less than five percent." .

The new Chromium-based Edge has been available in a preliminary version for some time and is nearing its public launch on January 15. As such, Microsoft wants help to ensure that browser extensions are ready.

Users can technically install any extension created for Chrome on Edge by going to Settings> Extensions, and then enable the Option Allow extensions from other stores.

However, that is not a step that your average user will take. The average consumer expects to find the extension they want in the Edge store and that is what Microsoft wants to help fill.

According to Microsoft, the extensions created for Chromium "will work without modifications to the new Microsoft Edge," so it should be a fairly trivial process.

You can find out how to send your extensions here.

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