Microsoft's Edge Web browser has been unsuccessful since its release on Windows 10 in 2015. Microsoft Edge was designed from the ground up with a new rendering engine called EdgeHTML. Microsoft Edge was designed to be fast, lightweight, and secure, but it was started with a plethora of issues that caused users to decline early on. Edge has since struggled for traction because of the continuing instability and lack of mindshare among users and web developers.
That's why I'm told that Microsoft is throwing in the towel with EdgeHTML, and instead a new web browser powered by Chromium, a rendering engine first released by Google's Chrome browser. Code name Anaheim, the new Windows 1
It is currently unknown whether Anaheim will use the Edge brand or a new brand, or whether the interface will be different between Edge and Anaheim. One thing is certain; EdgeHTML in the default Windows 10 browser is dead.
Many will be pleased to hear that Microsoft is finally implementing another rendering engine for the default Windows 10 Web browser. Using Chromium means that websites should behave the same way as in Google Chrome. Microsoft's new Anaheim browser means that users should not experience the same instability and performance issues that are found in Edge today. This is the first step in upgrading Windows 10's built-in web browser for users on PCs and phones. Edge for iOS and Android already uses native rendering engines for these platforms, so not much will change on this front.
Recently, Microsoft engineers have discovered that they have set code for the Chromium project, suggesting that Microsoft is working on its own Chromium powered browser for Windows 10.
I assume that Microsoft introduces Anaheim throughout the 19H1 development cycle, which is currently being tested by insiders in the Fast-Ring. This is a big deal for Windows and I am sure that many people will be happy about it. Microsoft's own web browser will finally be able to compete with Chrome, Opera and Firefox, and those familiar with the Microsoft ecosystem will finally get a browser from Microsoft that works well while surfing the web.
We still have a lot to do I do not know Anaheim, and I'm sure we'll get to know Microsoft officially in the coming weeks. What do you think about it? Let us know in the comments.