Ah yes, Google Chrome vs. Microsoft edge the battle of the ages I’m sure most of you know that Google Chrome is probably the most popular browser out there at the moment. but that has not stopped Microsoft from creating their own browser in-house obviously for Windows in the form of edge now despite all the memes Microsoft edge is not even really that bad of a browser.
It’s infinitely better than what internet explorer used to be however Microsoft has finally caved and announced recently that they will be redeveloping a new version of Microsoft edge based on the chromium browser.
What is Chromium Project?
Now if you’re not aware the chromium project is actually an open source browser project for the development of the chromium browser which is not the same as Google Chrome.
We’ll get to that in a second and the chromium project was originally started by Google and is actually what Google Chrome is based off and because it’s open source what that means is that Google and any other community developers around the world can contribute to the chromium project and therefore the chromium browser to increase its functionality bug fixes all that sort of thing.
So the chromium browser is separate from Google Chrome you could just go out and download the chromium browser if you want and installed on Windows or whatever operating system you’re using not the one that’s developed by Google now they are very very similar obviously but Google Chrome because it’s separately developed by Google has some additional features on top of chromium that are not available in chromium and obviously if you haven’t figured this out Google Chrome gets its name from chromium so you can think of chromium as like the base version of a browser and then you can build on top of it so because it’s open source any company can come along and build on top of it make their own browser based on this open source software and kind of brand it make it their own add their own features that they want to add.
Brave Browser also Based on Chromium
One example you may have heard is the brave browser that is also based on chromium and now we know that Microsoft is actually going to be changing edge to start developing it based on chromium and that also means they’re going to be contributing to the chromium project themselves and we talked about why they’re doing all this in a little bit.
Release Date For Chromium
I should point out that yes the chromium edge browser is available to download right now but it’s still in pre-release it doesn’t even have a beta version out right now they’re going to be three different channels so you can go on the download website and you’ll have the options for right now the developer or canary version the beta version is coming soon it says and that’ll be an update every six weeks or so that’ll be the most stable of the development versions and then the developer version will be weekly than canary will be daily.
and if you’re not aware these are the same channels that are also available for google chrome they have the same beta and developer channels that you can get so you can get the features right as they come out if you get a like a developer or canary version or if you want something that’s a little more stable but still has newer features then you can go to the beta Channel so it’s the same idea with edge but again there is no stable official version of the edge chromium browser yet it’s still in development and like I said there’s not even a beta channel yet and right now what they’re calling this is the Microsoft edge insider browser.
So if you don’t know windows insider is like the preview versions of Windows you can download so the insider edge browser is just like the preview version of the browser so if you do go to download it what’s it like using well not surprisingly it really does seem like a hybrid between the current version of edge and google chrome when you go to the settings pages they look very similar so yeah most of the same options.
Some Difference Expected in Chormium
One of the main differences you’ll notice is that when you go to log into the browser you log in with a Microsoft account instead of a Google account so then you’ll be able to store your bookmarks and stuff and sync it with the web that way also interesting but not surprising is like Google Chrome which has the flags menu you now have the same set of flags options in the hidden menu.
but it’s called edge colon slash Flags so that’s pretty neat all in all though I expect this is probably going to be very very similar to Google Chrome it’ll be interesting to see what kind of features that are exclusive than Microsoft ads on that might not be available in chrome now you might be wondering what’s the point of this if Microsoft already has their edge browser why would they go through the development of this new one based on chromium and they reason that it will be better for compatibility in several different aspects.
Benefits Of Edge With Chromium
first of all if they do make edge based on chromium that will basically mean that pretty much everyone on the web or at least a vast vast majority will be using a type of chromium based web browser so that I’ll combine google chrome and then edge and like even brave browser most web browsers will be based on chromium so that will make it a lot easier for web developers to create websites that are compatible with most browsers because if they make it compatible with one chrome browser it’ll be compatible with pretty much all of them then instead of having to try and make one for chrome one for edge and all that sort of thing
so after this is implemented no matter what browser you’re using then every website should work correctly if it’s gonna work on any of them also because Microsoft themselves are going to be starting to contribute to the chromium project that means that all chromium based web browsers will be better integrated with Windows and have better compatibility
and obviously not that chromium browsers aren’t compatible with Windows but say for example a big bug comes up or something on Windows then because Microsoft developers are gonna be a lot more familiar with Windows obviously because they work from Microsoft they can probably fix things a lot easier than if it was just random developers around the world trying to make compatible with Windows another interesting consequence of this is because chromium is a lot more compatible with many different operating systems and platforms that will then mean that edge will likely be usable on things like Mac OS or Linux or even a RM platforms like on Raspberry Pi
so we’ll probably be able to get edge on whatever operating system you want if you do one time now one of the biggest benefits that will become of this transition for users at least is all the extensions that will become available for use with edge because it’s based on chromium so you might know that google chrome obviously has like tens of thousands of extensions you can pretty much get it to do whatever you want however Microsoft edge even though it technically does support extensions there are not that many I think there’s like 235 extensions total on edge so really not that many.
Chormium is The Future
So with this upcoming chromium based version of edge theoretically pretty much all the same extensions that were for Chrome or whatever will also work on edge and actually if you do go to the chrome webstore on the Microsoft edge new one it’ll ask you if you want to allow extensions from the Chrome Web Store to be installed on edge so you can already pretty much install whatever you want on there interestingly Microsoft does have their page for edge extensions based on chromium but there’s not that many on there so I don’t know what the difference is maybe they just want to maintain their list of extensions that are guaranteed to be compatible I don’t know if every single one in the Chrome Web Store is compatible so what does that – see about that in any case you might be wondering when are we going to see this new version of edge rollout finally and completely and it’s hard to say this was first announced back in December of 2018 and at the time they said they’d be developing this over the next year as this is 2020 so I would not be surprised if it took a year or two.
Maybe like the beginning or ending of 2020 we would possibly see this rollout by default but I don’t think Microsoft is trying to rush this out so who knows it might be late 2020 or even later still like I’ve said several times the good news is that if you want it right now you can get it right now it might not be the most stable version because it is still only developer or beta possibly.
I would like to know what you guys think have you tried out this browser are you gonna maybe start using it because you don’t trust Google or something like that have you been using extensions on it does it work well let us know down in the comments.