Microsoft’s Chromium Based Browser Will Rival Chrome & Firefox

The latest browser attempt from the company relies on Google’s web engine called the Chromium & it is launching soon

Published06 Nov 2019, 12:29 PM IST
Tech News
2 min read

Microsoft is finally ready to enter the web browser market yet again, and this time, it is taking help from Google to build its product. The company has announced that the consumer-ready version of Edge browser, powered by Chromium engine will be released on 15 January.

Before that, people can try out the browser on their Windows or Mac PCs by downloading its beta version. The Chromium-based Edge is also getting a new refined logo, which takes its design inspiration from Google Chrome’s logo.

Unlike the previous web browsers from Microsoft, the new Edge is expected to be faster and support all the latest web features thanks to the Chromium engine.

It has taken Microsoft a long time to become relevant in the web browser space, where it will compete with the Google Chrome (leading player), Mozilla Firefox and Vivaldi among others. But it’s important to note that Microsoft is adding its own tweaks to ensure that user and their data remains in safe hands.

The new Edge browser will show respective files linked to your account.
The new Edge browser will show respective files linked to your account.
(Photo Courtesy: Microsoft)

Microsoft claims the Chromium Edge browser offers better security than before, with the integration of ‘Balanced Security’ mode. With this enabled, the browser will be able to secure trackers from websites you haven't visited, including those which are known to be harmful.

Microsoft is also making sure that websites still compatible with its previous generation browsers work on the Edge. For this, it has introduced a new Legacy Internet Explorer mode which allows users to run aging web apps.

The tracking prevention tool on the new Edge browser.
The tracking prevention tool on the new Edge browser.
(Photo Courtesy: Microsoft)

The release candidate of the new Microsoft Edge for Windows and macOS can be downloaded right now with general availability targeting 15 January in more than 90 languages, as mentioned by Microsoft in its release over here.

With Google Chrome running away with majority share in the market, it’s ideal that more players chip in with their products, that can work out as a viable alternative for users.

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