Microsoft is building its own Chromium browser to replace the default on Windows 10. The software giant first introduced its Edge browser three years ago, with a redesign to replace Internet Explorer and modernize the default browsing experience to compete with Chrome and others. While the modern look and feel has paid off for Edge, the underlying browser engine (EdgeHTML) has struggled to keep up with Chrome. Microsoft is finally giving up and moving its default Windows 10 browser to Chromium.
It was first reported by Windows Central that Microsoft has given up on Edge and reportedly building a new Chromium-based web browser, dubbed project codename “Anaheim” internally, that will replace Edge on Windows 10 operating system as its new default browser.
Though there is no mention of Project Anaheim on the Microsoft website as of now (except Anaheim Convention Center at California), many speculate that the new built-in browser could appear in the 19H1 development cycle of Microsoft’s Insider Preview program.
According to the report, the new browser will be powered by Blink rendering engine used by Chromium, one that also powers Google’s Chrome browser, instead of Microsoft’s own EdgeHTML engine.
Chromium is an open-source Web browser project started by Google that is popular among web browser developers and also powers Vivaldi and Opera browsers.