There is a good reason why yours truly doesn’t get involved in the prognostication game too often. Track record. A herd of monkeys at the roulette tables in Las Vegas would have better results predicting Black or Red than Mr. Mincey.
That said, it’s time to bring out the big guns and carry a prediction and a bucket down to the watering hold. Microsoft is so desperate to save its flagging Surface PC line that it resorted to mocking Apple. Again. Worse, now Microsoft wants to get in bed with Google. Oh, the shame!
Edge, Edged Out
Remember way back in the last century, back to when Microsoft tried to extinguish browser competition? That got the Windows maker into a world of hurt without actual hurt, but it made Internet Explorer the de fact browser for earthlings.
My, my, my. How times change. What goes around, comes around. If you can’t beat ’em, join ’em. That’s what Microsoft is about to do, hence my prediction of Microsoft Surrendered To Google. Internet Explorer is no longer the world’s premier web browser, having been stuffed and squashed by Google’s Chrome, and totally embarrassed by Apple’s Safari. Between the two, Chrome and Safari, Microsoft’s Internet Explorer and its new Edge browsers are an afterthought among browser users.
So, what is Microsoft up to? How will the surrender take place? Let’s call it, oh, I dunno– open source. Zac Bowden:
Microsoft is throwing in the towel with Edge and is building a new web browser for Windows 10
New? LOL. That is laughable. Microsoft plans to use Chromium as the engine for whatever name it tacks onto a new browser. Chromium is the basis for Google’s Chrome and is used as the browser engine for many copycat browsers.
Copycat. That’s Microsoft these days. What happened to Edge?
Microsoft’s Edge web browser has seen little success since its debut on Windows 10 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 it launched with a plethora of issues that resulted in users rejecting it early on.
So, what that means is obvious. Not only is Internet Explorer ready for the garbage heap of browser history– and, good riddance– but its successor, Edge, is ready to follow.
Why would Microsoft adopt the very browser engine that Google uses in Chrome? Well, for one, it’s free.
Using Chromium means websites should behave just like they do on Google Chrome in Microsoft’s new Anaheim browser, meaning users shouldn’t suffer from the same instability and performance issues found in Edge today.
And, two, in short order, they get a browser that runs on Windows 10 already, and works better out of the box than what Microsoft has tried to build for the past five years. Something similar works the same way on iOS for iPhone and iPad. Uh huh. Microsoft’s Edge browser for iOS may look like Edge, but it’s really just Safari under the hood.
Browsers may be free for users, but having a platform browser is beneficial to operating system vendors. Apple has Safari for macOS and iOS. Google has Chrome everywhere. All Microsoft has done in recent years is to lose browser share to Apple and Google, and now it has decided to surrender and go with Google as a strange bedfellow.