The new Microsoft Edge will be available on Windows 7, Windows 8.1 and Windows 10 as well as macOS.
Expanding its participation in the open source software (OSS) community, Microsoft has announced that it intends to adopt the Chromium Open Source project in the development of Microsoft Edge on the desktop to create better web integration for customers and less web fragmentation for all web. The developer says that as part of this association, it wants to become a significant contributor to the Chromium project.
“Our goal is to do this in a way that embraces the well-established open source model that has been working effectively over the years: meaningful and positive contributions aligned with long-term, thoughtfully designed architecture and collaborative engineering. Together we look for the best results for all people who use the web across multiple devices, “said Joe Belfiore, corporate vice president, Windows, in a statement.
Microsoft says it will change an “under the hood” technology for Microsoft Edge within the next year. This means that the company will move to a chromium-compatible web platform for Microsoft Edge on the desktop. “Our goal is to simultaneously align the Microsoft Edge web platform with (a) the web standard and (b) other Chromium-based browsers. This will provide better compatibility for everyone and create a simple test-matrix for web developers, “the company notes.
Microsoft Edge will be distributed and updated to all supported versions of Windows, which means that the machines will get the new Edge browser running on Windows 7, Windows 8.1 and Windows 10. The new Edge browser will receive more frequent updates than the original. Microsoft also hopes that the move will enable it to bring Microsoft Edge to MacOS as well. “To accomplish this, we will further develop the browser code, so that our distribution model offers an updated Microsoft Edge Experience + platform across all supported versions of Windows, although still maintaining the benefits of closer browser integration with Windows,” the executive commented.