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The Microsoft Edge browser now runs on the EdgeHTML engine. "To accomplish this, we will evolve the browser code more broadly, so that our distribution model offers an updated Microsoft Edge experience + platform across all supported versions of Windows, while still maintaining the benefits of the browser's close integration with Windows". There is evidence that Microsoft is about to introduce Chrome on Windows because its engineers worked with Google to support Chrome on Windows operating systems supported by ARM.

Edge for the desktop now just runs on Windows 10, but the promise of bringing Edge to all supported Windows versions suggests that Microsoft will build it for Windows 7 and Windows 8.1, too, as well as associated Windows Server products. "Web developers will have a less-fragmented web platform to test their sites against, ensuring that there are fewer problems and increased satisfaction for users of their sites".

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Rumours are spreading that Microsoft is ready to throw in the towel with Microsoft Edge, the browser that replaced the much-maligned Internet Explorer in the release of Windows 10. The two applications share most of their features, most notably the Blink web page rendering engine and the V8 system for processing JavaScript code.

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Google Chrome is already the most used browser on the web and Edge's forthcoming move to Chromium will strengthen this effect, leaving only Safari and Firefox as significant players outside the fold.

Yesterday, in a post on Reddit linking to the Belfiore announcement, one redditor wasn't overly impressed, which prompted a response from Kyle Alden, Microsoft's Edge Project Manager.

Microsoft has given Edge numerous advantages in the war on retention.

Edge itself has struggled to gain much of a following despite Microsoft's attempt to push it as the default in Windows 10.

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On the one hand, the date when Microsoft Edge will reach macOS is unknown, for the time being, since Microsoft has not yet revealed any official information in this regard. Edge is far from the worst browser on the planet, but it's certainly not what we'd call a fan favorite.

In a slightly cheeky tweet Sean Lyndersay, principal lead program manager for Microsoft Edge, pointed out that his team needs new developers for the browser.

In addition, Microsoft will start to contribute to the Chromium project.

"Ultimately, we want to make the web experience better for many different audiences", stated Joe Belfiore, the Corporate Vice President for Windows, in a blog post. All in, this is great news for anyone who struggled with Edge and the fact that websites and web apps simply didn't play well with it from the beginning.

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The second important part of this story is that Microsoft will also be bringing this new version of Edge to more platforms.

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