Microsoft could be working on a Chromium-based Edge replacement for Windows 10

If this is true, it’s the best news since Windows 10 was launched in so many ways. Even since Edge was Spartan I’ve grown extremely tired of Microsoft not listening to anyone’s feedback about Edge, let alone mine, which I gave directly to the team at the Microsoft Summit and then using any other possible communication tools.

I can dare say I am not only happy because they failed with Edge, but happy too because at least they seem to have hopefully realized this epic failure at least now, a few years later.

I know that starting August 1st, 2018, Edge got a new and extremely capable Product Manager, a truly fascinating open-minded guy, William Devereux.

I had the wonderful chance of meeting Devereux in Redmond and I was really impressed by his receptivity and listening skills. I can easily say he worked wonders while leading the OneNote team, because the Windows 10 OneNote universal app is his masterpiece, showing his incredible abilities in leading the team behind the product. I pray he is successful with the new project as well, because, regardless of what the rendering engine does, it’s the user experience that matters. And that was my feedback right from the start. And this type of feedback was stubbornly ignored by Microsoft from the start, leading to this epic failure, which is perfectly pictured by Windows Central’s Zac Bowden:

Microsoft’s Edge web browser has seen little success since its debut on Windows 10 back in 2015. Built from the ground up with a new rendering engine known as EdgeHTML, Microsoft Edge was designed to be fast, lightweight, and secure, but launched with a plethora of issues which resulted in users rejecting it early on. Edge has since struggled to gain any traction, thanks to its continued instability and lack of mindshare, from users and web developers.

Because of this, I’m told that Microsoft is throwing in the towel with EdgeHTML and is instead building a new web browser powered by Chromium, a rendering engine first popularized by Google’s Chrome browser. Codenamed Anaheim, this new web browser for Windows 10 will replace Edge as the default browser on the platform. It’s unknown at this time if Anaheim will use the Edge brand or a new brand, or if the user interface between Edge and Anaheim is different. One thing is for sure, however; EdgeHTML in Windows 10’s default browser is dead.

We still need more confirmation on this story, but it looks credible for me after Microsoft engineers were found to be contributing to development of Chrome for Windows 10 on ARM, code commits being spotted from a pair of Microsoft engineers in the Chromium codebase.



Cosmin is an independent IT consultant, with a huge passion for Microsoft technologies. Between 2014 and 2018, based on his Windows expertise and contributions in various IT communities, Cosmin was awarded by Microsoft with the Most Valuable Professional (MVP) title.