Three years ago, Microsoft introduced its first new Web browser in 20 years: Microsoft Edge. It was designed to supplant Internet Explorer (still hidden on Windows 10 to this day) and beat back Google Chrome, which had arrived with zero market share and subsequently grabbed two thirds of it. The big pitch for Edge was that its engine was lighter and faster than Chrome, making it more processor- and energy-efficient. Unfortunately, it took forever for extension support to arrive and Edge was less stable than Chrome. Three years later and even though Edge ships with Windows 10 and is the default browser, it has just 4% desktop market share. Now, Microsoft has given up
. Sort of. It’s opening the Edge hood, pulling the custom-made engine and replacing it with Chromium, the same one at the heart of Chrome. The change will make Edge more stable and cross-platform compatible…and probably less edgy.