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Google takes even more control over the web as Microsoft adopts Chromium as a foundation for Edge

Chromium adopted to replace EdgeHTML

ARE YOU ONE OF THE 2% of internet users who actually use Edge as their preferred web browser? In that case, hold onto your belt buckles because Google is coming for your browser history and Chromium wants your credit card.

Joe Belfiore, the Corporate VP of Windows, announced that Microsoft are scrapping EdgeHTML for Chromium. The open-source browser foundation created by Google is what powers Chrome, so it’s not going to be long before Edge is under Google’s thumb.

“Ultimately, we want to make the web experience better for many different audiences,” said Belfiore when the switch was made public earlier this week. The ones who should be really excited for this change are the web developers. They should expect to see better compatibility with… basically everything. Hopefully this means we can look forwards to a unified internet in the near future.

Microsoft also want to make Edge available to users of Windows 7 and 8, not just Windows 10. Windows 10 makes up around half of all Windows installations, so Microsoft seems to be trying to push Edge to everyone.

So what does this mean for the average user? The biggest issue with the change is that Microsoft Edge is now opened up to new vulnerabilities that lie within the Chromium framework. It could also cause some discrepancies between Microsoft and Mozilla, who have already made their disapproval of the marriage public knowledge.

The Google Age

On the Mozilla blog, the company states that its biggest issue with the switch is that “by adopting Chromium, Microsoft hands over even more of online life to Google.” They’re not happy bunnies.

Of course, this is a perfectly valid concern. Google have indeed been growing rapidly in the past few years and their global presence is becoming more and more significant. With their first real crack at the smartphone industry – the Google Pixel – having been a huge success, it’s no surprise that Google is slowly becoming a household name.

But do we really have to worry about Google taking over the world? Probably not. Sure the Pixel and devices like the Google Home mean that the big G is in our houses more than ever before, but believe it or not, they’re not doing anything malicious.

At the end of the day, Google know what they’re doing when it comes to making web browsers, and as we’ve seen with Edge, Microsoft seem to have lost their touch. I’m not complaining about this change.

Are you?

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Isaac Harris-Holt

Isaac founded Bluefire Media in 2017, wrote a few reviews and then decided to expand the website.

Isaac’s love of gadgets stems from the many, many hours wasted playing Club Penguin as a child. He hasn’t really done anything else with his life, but people seem to think he can write.

His articles on Bluefire mostly revolve around gadgets and fun things, but he’s also an avid gamer and can tell you more about Minecraft than 90% of the population.

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