Microsoft Gives Up on Edge Browser

Microsoft Gives Up on Edge Browser
Windows 10 users will be offered a Microsoft web browser based on the Blink rendering engine.

(CCM) — Microsoft has decided to abandon its flagship Edge web browser and plans to replace it with one built on Google's Chrome browser technology, according to a Verge report.

The company launched Edge three years ago as a replacement to its aging and unpopular Internet Explorer, but its EdgeHTML rendering engine has struggled to compete with Chrome's Blink engine. In part this is because the popularity of Chrome on desktop, laptop, and mobile devices means that Blink has become the default rendering engine and many websites are optimized for it. As a result the Edge browser often faces compatibility issues, the report says.

Microsoft is expected to announced its Blink-based browser imminently. It will represent an abrupt U-turn from its recently-tested tactic of warning Windows 10 users not to install alternative browsers such as Chrome or Firefox, informing them when they attempt to install a rival browser that "You already have Microsoft Edge – the safer, faster browser for Windows 10."

The company also removed Chrome from the Windows Store on the grounds that it violates store policies because it does not use Microsoft's rendering engine.

Chrome accounts for approximately 63.5% of the worldwide browser market on all devices, while Apple's Safari has the second-largest market share with 13.9%. Microsoft's Internet Explorer and Edge combined account for less than 7.5% of the total market.

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