Recent rumors were true: Microsoft's edge will be a Chrome-based browser.
Microsoft's chief executive Joe Belfiore revealed the news in a blog post Thursday, saying that the company intends to "adopt the Chromium open source project in the development of Microsoft Edge on the desktop."
Here's the kicker: Microsoft plans to bring this new, Chromium-based Edge browser to Mac.
According to Belfiore, Microsoft is planning to switch to Chromium "over the next year or so."
For users, this means better compliance with web standards and other Chrome-based browsers like Google Chrome and Opera. Microsoft also plans to deliver and update Edge more often to all supported versions of Windows. And in the end, Microsoft hopes that its participation in the Chromium project will make other Chrome-based browsers better on Windows devices.
Hi all your Microsoft Edge fans … we've been working on some plans to make Edge more compatible and more widely available. We believe this will make users, developers and IT managers ALL happier with the edge!
Here are the details … https://t.co/Ii7AeKyUfd
̵1; Joe Belfiore (@joebelfiore) December 6, 2018
And yes, Belfiore says all this work will make it possible for company to "bring Microsoft Edge to other platforms like macOS." The company probably does not assume to gain a large market share from the move; competing with both Chrome and MacOS & native Safari would be a high order.
Instead, it's about improving your browser. As Belfiore says, "Improving web platform experience for both end users and developers requires that the web platform and browser are consistently available to as many devices as possible."
Current Edge users do not need to do anything, as the switch does not happen very soon. Microsoft plans to preview the new Chrome-based Edge browser in "early 2019."