Microsoft’s Edge browser is changing what’s under the hood to Chromium in order to be faster, more in line with standards, and stop being used that one time when you set up your computer to download Chrome.
If you’re not familiar, Chromium is the underlying engine in Chrome, but it’s not something that particularly is tied to Google. It’s an open-source platform, and as such pretty much anyone can use it as a base.
Due to the nature of open source, you should be able to pop in and verify that it’s not spying on you should you be so inclined. Just get ready for a couple of months sitting down and going through the code.
What’s really pretty cool is that Chrome extensions will by default work in Edge once it’s fully Chromium’d.
If you heard a weird blowing sound, that was most likely of several hundred thousand web developers sighing in relief that they’re not going to have to build and test for different platforms any more.
You can grab the Chromium Edge builds for Windows officially at the Microsoft Edge Insider Channels page, and for Android on the Play Store. Should be noted that the Android version has been Chromium for a while.
Glad they’re moving up a bit in terms of development, but they need to redesign the Edge logo as seriously, it’s just Internet Explorer’s emo cousin.[The Verge]