The New Microsoft Edge Update Looks To Stamp Out Google Chrome

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We all love chrome but it’s time we faced the facts. It’s getting slower and eating up RAM on our PC’s. It’s time we took a different approach, luckily, Microsoft have come up with a solution to that. Introducing Edge Chromium. MsPowerUser reported in December that Microsoft will be pushing out the Chromium-based Edge browser to the majority of Windows 10 users.

Microsoft will be pushing out the update, replacing the old Edge, to all Windows 10 users. Yusuf Mehdi, Corporate Vice President in charge of Microsoft’s Modern Life & Devices Group, told PCWorld that the process would begin on January 15. Here’s all you need to know about it.

What Is Microsoft Edge Chromium?

Chromium is an open-source browser project, or web rendering engine, started by Google. On Chromium, Developers can build upon to create more fully-fledged browsers. Google Chrome, Opera, and Amazon Silk are just a few examples of browsers built on Chromium. With Microsoft also moving over to the popular open-source project, Firefox now stands out as the last major option not built around Google’s vision for the web.

  • In-built dark mode.
  • Read aloud web pages.
  • Chrome-cast
  • App Downloads
  • Faster and lighter than Chrome and Firefox

The Blocker Tool Kit

Microsoft is releasing a Blocker Toolkit for enterprise users to control the roll out. If you wish to block out this update as a business owner, this is the tool for you. Specifically on devices running Windows 10 version 1803 and newer that are running the Home or Pro Edition of Windows.

“Most enterprise admins need not worry about the web rendering engine of their PCs being changed wholesale over the next few weeks.” Sean Lyndersay from the Edge team

Microsoft said in November that the new Chromium-based Edge would begin replacing the “traditional” Edge.  Microsoft confirmed this in a document it released earlier this week, though with one caveat: If you’re a business user, you can choose to remain on the “old” Edge.

We’re all on the edge of our seats in anticipation for what’s coming next.


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