Microsoft said it intends to use the open-source Chromium browser engine in the desktop version of its Edge browser, promising the two per cent of global internet users who favor Edge an improved web experience.
Edge browser, Despite being the built-in browser on Windows 10, which is installed on around 700 million active devices, the browsers owns just a tiny fraction of the desktop browsing market.
Microsoft is going to abandon its EdgeHTML and Chakra scripting engines, and move to Chromium for their first-party web browser, to improve Edge, hoping more share in the web browsing market.
The move to Chromium as the underpinnings of Edge should improve the situation quite a bit. As well, Microsoft will be releasing versions of Edge based on Chromium for Windows 7, Windows 8, and even macOS, in addition to Windows 10. This should help developers who use those platforms test Edge if they need to.
Edge, which will be developed using chromium, will support chrome web extensions, also well has updates as soon as released to Chrome by Google.
For more information find the Edge page on github: github.com/MicrosoftEdge