Microsoft has announced that it is working on a new version of the Edge browser that will adopt the Chromium open platform as the engine for rendering pages.
The software giant, however, has already begun to register with people interested in testing the new version of the browser – which is expected to gain an early version in early 2019.
“We announce that we will embrace the Chromium open source project in the Microsoft Edge development on the desktop to create better web compatibility for our customers and less web fragmentation for all web developers,” says Microsoft.
Microsoft also says that by switching to Chromium, the company can “make the web a better place for everyone,” as it contributes to the project and invests in open source.
A former Microsoft employee, however, reportedly told US Web sites that the decision is due to a technique Google uses to bring incompatibilities to Edge.
"I worked very recently on the Edge team, and one of the reasons we chose to quit EdgeHTML was because Google kept making changes to its sites that break other browsers."