Just when you thought it was safe to go back online for a swim across the interwebs, Google comes out with yet another browser. Google? They make Chrome, right? Is there going to be a Chrome Lite? Yes. From Microsoft.
This one is Microsoft’s capitulation to Google’s free Chromium project as the basis for the Edge browser engine. Yep. Microsoft gave up Internet Explorer. Microsoft gave up the Edge project. Microsoft decided to get into bed with Google and bought the Chromium farm, so the Mac gets yet another Google browser.
My Mac is graced with a beta version from Microsoft; the Edge beta, and I have to admit, it’s pretty good. No, it’s not as feature-laden as Google Chrome, but Microsoft has tacked on enough features to justify the Edge logo, and as browsers go, it will make you forget Internet Explorer after about the third website you load.
Microsoft lackey Rob Enderle:
Microsoft’s Chromium Edge Browser moves to beta: Who knew a browser could be exciting again?
Exciting? Don’t get excited. It’s typical Enderle hyperbole. It’s a browser. It’s from Microsoft. It’s not possible to be exciting, too.
The old Microsoft was a proprietary Microsoft and that’s what brought about Internet Explorer. It almost ruined the interwebs for everybody.
Thankfully, those days are gone.
Internet Explorer represented the old technology model: Everything had to be proprietary and big companies like Microsoft could execute on the rule that it was their way or no way.
Chromium Edge is likely the penultimate representation of the change Microsoft went through. This new Edge product is no longer based on Microsoft’s technology – it’s built on Google’s. Microsoft just enhanced it and then extended it to be a bridge between their old IT-focused Edge and IE, and the new codebase.
Edge is Microsoft’s future browser but with a built-in bridge to yesteryear. Yes, there is an Edge version for Mac, and, like I intimated, it’s decent. Not great, though. It does not have the privacy and security functions found in Safari and Firefox. It does not have the speed, either, but it’s, well, decent, and that’s what you can say about Brave browser, Vivaldi browser, and even the early industry favorite, Opera browser.
They’re all based on Google’s Chromium project, so guess who controls that side of the browser world?
It’s ain’t Microsoft.
Look, if you want a safe, fast, private, secure browser for your Mac (or, iPhone or iPad), it won’t be Google’s Chrome, the firstborn of Chromium, which runs almost everything else. For me, it’s Firefox.