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Microsoft Edge is moving to Google's Chromium engine and is also coming to MacOS

Microsoft has officially confirmed that its fighter Edge web browser will be rebuilt on Google's Chromium rendering engine, which is the same code that the Chrome browser uses.

Until now, Microsoft had been using its proprietary browser engine, EdgeHTML, which was praised for its performance in some areas, but it also brought frustration to web developers due to compatibility issues. With only a select number of users using Edge, developers often didn't bother to make their code browser compatible either.

in a blog post In announcing the change, Joe Belfiore, Corporate Vice President of Windows, stated: "We intend to adopt the Chromium open source project in the development of Microsoft Edge on the desktop to create better web compatibility for our customers and less fragmentation of the web for all web developers. "

"Ultimately, we want to improve the web experience for many different audiences," he said.

When Belfiore says "audiences," those audiences also include macOS users who, despite having Safari, will soon also have access to Microsoft's Edge browser.

The move definitely appears to be a step in the right direction for Microsoft and Edge users, as it should mean that future versions of Chromium-based Edge will have features and plugins that are comparable to Chrome and other browsers based on the Chromium web engine. Chromium. But it also means that vulnerabilities in the open source project can affect a wider set of browsers.

Meanwhile, Mozilla, the maker of Firefox, isn't too happy about the move.

Company CEO Chris Beard at a blog post He wrote: "Microsoft is officially giving up an independent shared platform for the Internet. By adopting Chromium, Microsoft hands over control of Google through Google. Making Google more powerful is risky on many fronts.