Microsoft reportedly working on Chrome-style browser to replace Edge

Joanna Estrada
December 4, 2018

According to analytics service Net Applications, Edge now has a 4.2 percent share of the browser market as of this November, while Chrome is at 65.6 percent. For now, Microsoft still needs to finish building the mysterious Chromium-based browser ready for Insider testing.

Brad Sams reports at that the new OS, which could debut at the Microsoft Build developer conference next year, will be similar to previous attempts at a stripped down operating system such as Windows 10 S in some ways.

The new browser is codenamed Anaheim and uses Chromium, the rendering engine used by Google's Chrome browser, Windows Central reported Monday. There are many uncertainties about the incoming browser, such as the whether Microsoft will retain or ditch its Edge branding or current user interface; however Anaheim will most certainly put an end to EdgeHTML and usher in the company's first effort on Chromium. With Edge's market share at just 4.2 percent and Chrome's closer to 66 percent, it's not surprising that Microsoft wants a product that's closer to Google's popular browser.

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Microsoft reportedly working on Chrome-style browser to replace Edge

Microsoft appears to be working on a new stripped down operating system that might be branded separate from Windows, the OS that has always been synonymous with the tech giant, according to a new report.

According to The Verge, Microsoft will announce its plans for Anaheim as early as this week, while the finished version is expected to be rolled out in the first half of next year. It remains to be seen if improved performance and stability will be enough to get more folks on Windows 10 to switch from Google's offering in the near future.

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