Microsoft is now rolling out its new Chromium-backed Edge browser through the most recent Windows update, after its manual download-only existence…
For years, Microsoft’s Edge browser performed poorly — and in more ways than one. It was notorious for its out-of-date interface, difficulty of usage, and its legacy technology. All of that, not to mention the fact it only managed to squeeze out a very small market share (like Internet Explorer, Firefox, Safari, and others).
But, last year, Microsoft completely rebuilt the browser, using Google’s open source Chromium framework. Now, it’s being included in the latest Windows update, after only being available as a manual download.
Microsoft Pushes Out its New Chromium-Powered Edge Browser through Latest Windows Update
The new Chromium-powered Edge browser is unsurprisingly more like Google’s internet browser. It features improved website compatibility, along with better overall performance. And, it’s arguably a less resource-intensive than rival Chrome. Plus, it supports extensions.
The move could help Microsoft widen its browser market share, which presently ranks third at 6.38 percent, compared to Chrome’s number one spot, at 68.26 percent, according to tracking site, Net Market Share. Microsoft announced on its official support page that Edge is now available for Windows 10, on versions 1903 and 1909:
“Microsoft has released a new Chromium-based version of Microsoft Edge. This new version provides best in class compatibility with extensions and websites. Additionally, this new version provides great support for the latest rendering capabilities, modern web applications, and powerful developer tools across all supported OS platforms.”