Report: Microsoft kills Edge, replacing it with a Chrome clone

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#1 Edited by madrocketeer (5882 posts) -

Not strictly gaming-related, so OT it is.

Report by Windows Central. Apparently, Microsoft are throwing in the towel on their browser business, killing both their EdgeHTML rendering and Chakra JavaScript engines. Instead, they're going to replace it with a new browser based on Chromium, the open-source base of Google's Chrome.

A sad day for the two people who don't just use it to download Chrome.

(Disclosure: I'm one of those two people - I use it to download Firefox. Save the lifebuoy, because I'm dead set on going down with the "S.S. Netscape Nostalgia.")

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#2 Posted by uninspiredcup (29159 posts) -

Seems like a good idea, Edge sucks. First thing I do with a new install is replace it with Firefox or Opera.

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#3 Posted by Jag85 (12408 posts) -
@madrocketeer said:

A sad day for the two people who don't just use it to download Chrome.

Now I feel a little guilty for being one of those people who only uses Edge to download Chrome.

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#4 Posted by johnd13 (9493 posts) -

Edge is currently my go to browser in cases that Chrome doesn't work for whatever reason, which happens very rarely. Don't really care what they do to it.

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#5 Posted by thehig1 (7006 posts) -

Like said above only use edge to download chrome

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#6 Posted by sakaiXx (4185 posts) -

Edge is a decent browser but it came way too late, I got used to chrome and firefox layout to care. But isn't edge one of the more widely used browser? I mean many company PC/laptop uses edge/IE widely due to restriction on 3rd party softwares.

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#7 Edited by DaVillain- (32945 posts) -

Meh, I only use Chrome as my all-in-one browser on my main PC and besides, I use the Internet Explorer so I could download Chrome in the first place when I upgrade W10 while back when W10 was free to upgrade.

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#8 Posted by Master_Live (19207 posts) -

Ha, I didn't even use it to download Firefox. That's what Internet Explorer is there for.

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#9 Posted by TryIt (12800 posts) -

@madrocketeer said:

Not strictly gaming-related, so OT it is.

Report by Windows Central. Apparently, Microsoft are throwing in the towel on their browser business, killing both their EdgeHTML rendering and Chakra JavaScript engines. Instead, they're going to replace it with a new browser based on Chromium, the open-source base of Google's Chrome.

A sad day for the two people who don't just use it to download Chrome.

(Disclosure: I'm one of those two people - I use it to download Firefox. Save the lifebuoy, because I'm dead set on going down with the "S.S. Netscape Nostalgia.")

I thought the two people where the people who were working on the browser at MS as well.

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#10 Posted by mrbojangles25 (42343 posts) -

If you can't beat 'em, join 'em?

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#11 Posted by Serraph105 (32947 posts) -

@madrocketeer: I'm a firefox user as well, chrome has become too much of a resource hog in recent years for me to bother with it, and I find that firefox has faster start up times.

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#12 Posted by Byshop (19175 posts) -

@madrocketeer said:

Not strictly gaming-related, so OT it is.

Report by Windows Central. Apparently, Microsoft are throwing in the towel on their browser business, killing both their EdgeHTML rendering and Chakra JavaScript engines. Instead, they're going to replace it with a new browser based on Chromium, the open-source base of Google's Chrome.

A sad day for the two people who don't just use it to download Chrome.

(Disclosure: I'm one of those two people - I use it to download Firefox. Save the lifebuoy, because I'm dead set on going down with the "S.S. Netscape Nostalgia.")

-Byshop

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#13 Posted by Ovirew (8394 posts) -

I've been using Edge the last few weeks and no issues. I am pleased with it, haven't found the need to download a substitute browser.

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#14 Posted by madrocketeer (5882 posts) -

Update: Confirmed.

Today we’re announcing that 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.

As part of this, we intend to become a significant contributor to the Chromium project, in a way that can make not just Microsoft Edge — but other browsers as well — better on both PCs and other devices.

Yeah, I think this is smart, and well in line with Satya Nadella's "presence" strategy; i.e., instead of trying to create their own ecosystem and dominate the market with it like they have in the past, they're just looking to have a lasting presence in one, whether they own it or not. If you've been following the news, you would know it paid off big time.

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#15 Posted by jun_aka_pekto (24520 posts) -

It's a browser. I don't feel guilt over little things like using it.

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#16 Posted by Baconstrip78 (1121 posts) -

As a web developer this makes me so happy I don’t think I can express it in words. Writing was on the wall. They just kept falling behind on supported features and the dwindling user base didn’t justify trying to keep up.