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Microsoft are reportedly scrapping Edge in favour of 'A Chromium based browser' as the default.

https://www.windowscentral.com/microsoft-building-chromium-powered-web-browser-windows-10

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I don't think they could get their own browser engine to function with the speed and features of the other browser so why not go with the best (so to speak). This is a win, win for everyone. A independent browser that doesn't rely on the core Windows ecosystem (yet) and Microsoft is even submitting code to improve the browser.

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I never could get used to Edge, I use SRWare Iron Portable solely for YouTube, and Firefox Portable for everywhere else.

Interesting because the Lon.TV YouTube channel recommends the use of Edge on low-end budget systems in his video reviews of low-end budget systems, since Edge seems to have less of performance impact. So I wonder how Microsoft will cater if at all to low-end systems with say a max of 2GB-4GB RAM that cost anywhere from $180-$400 dollars like inexpensive laptops, etc. I definitely don't think a Chrome/Chromium based browser would play nice on some of those due to RAM, resource, and CPU requirements.

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- No, that article doesn't reduce the confusion, at all.

- But I found this article:

https://betanews.com/2018/12/10/microsoft-edge-chrome-extensions/

I don't know whether or not this will work (that well). chrome extensions on Edge ? A recipe for A LOT OF problems.

- Well, any one who doesn't want to use Edge Always can switch back to IE 11.  ;-)

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- This could pose a problem for third party software who use the "rendering engine" of Edge and perhaps even Internet Explorer (like e.g. Outlook Classic). We'll have to wait and see what the future will bring.

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If anyone wants to try the new Chrome based Edge a beta version is now available to download from the Dev Channel:
https://www.microsoftedgeinsider.com/en-us/

More about the different Chrome channels, how they work, and how to switch between them:
https://www.chromium.org/getting-involved/dev-channel

Personally I'm sticking with Firefox (at least for now).

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On 1/27/2019 at 13:51, Willy2 said:

- This could pose a problem for third party software who use the "rendering engine" of Edge and perhaps even Internet Explorer (like e.g. Outlook Classic).

I would imagine the rendering engine would be left intact, likely parts of the OS require it like in previous Windows versions.

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