Google can sleep peacefully. Even Microsoft fans do not want to use the new Edge

We live in a time when for most Internet users the system browser is a tool for downloading Chrome. How do we know that Edge, the one built on Chromium, will not change that? Because even the most committed members of the Microsoft community have a crush on him.

Once upon a time, Microsoft was the Internet. At least the gates to it for most Internet users. Internet Explorer was the absolute dominant browser in market shares. Microsoft knew how to use it: he was deliberately pushing for proprietary solutions related to rendering websites and web applications that worked only in Internet Explorer available only on Windows. Therefore, the creators of websites had a choice: to create them according to standards and well-accepted practices, or for IE, which is used by the overwhelming majority of Internet users. They usually chose the latter.

However, Internet Explorer was not a good browser. He was vulnerable to crapware, adware and other forms of malware. It was coarse and uncomfortable - as one of the last on the market introduced even browsing in tabs. When Mozilla finally managed to break the monopoly, and Opera played a role in it, the IT enthusiast community sighed with relief. Internet Explorer dominated for a long time, but it was already clear that his days were numbered. Even when Microsoft took it seriously, nobody cared anymore.

Contingency plan: soft restart. That is Microsoft Edge with an icon resembling Internet Explorer

Edge in its current form is an Internet Explorer fork. So it is not a completely rebuilt browser, but on the foundations of a technology known from IE. Edge has been slimmed down with technologies maintained for decades for backward compatibility. It was to become light, dynamic, energy-efficient and compliant with standards. And also safe and easy to manage in organizations. It worked only partially.

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The Edge was indeed light and fast, and actually provided laptops with longer battery life. However, this could not be achieved solely due to the ingenuity of Microsoft engineers - although certainly their contribution was significant - but also due to the use of non-public APIs in Windows. However, this trick only worked for some time. The fact that today on Windows Chrome is a faster, lighter and more energy-saving browser is quite humiliating for Microsoft.

However, this is not the end of Edge's problems. It was available only on Windows 10, so users of Windows 7, Android and iOS could not conveniently synchronize data in the browsers on their devices. Let's meet, Windows 10 Mobile hardly anyone cares. Further, its icon, although familiar to even the least educated users of computer use, was associated with that of this nasty Internet Explorer. And if that wasn't enough, the browser was associated with the operating system. Which means that it could be updated with new features only if Windows also received them - that is, twice a year. The competition updates its browsers every few weeks.

As a result, Edge has never gained too many users, remaining on the market margin .

Emergency plan number 2: soft restart number 2. That is Microsoft Edge as the Chromium distribution

Seeing the spent funds and man-hours for the development of Spartan technology (EdgeHTML and Chakra engines) being the foundation of Edge, translating into almost absolute zero benefits, Microsoft decided to withdraw and try a different approach. So he looked at market statistics. From these it is clear that today Chrome is such an Internet Explorer. Almost on every popular platform - except for iOS - Google's browser enjoys the popularity of the largest number of users, usually also with a significant advantage. Even on the macOS platform, where Apple is usually very effective in keeping users in the bubble of its proprietary products and services.

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Chrome, however, is very different from Internet Explorer. Its Chromium foundation - the Google equivalent of Spartan - is open source and accessible to everyone. Everyone can take it and use it to create something of their own. Microsoft already when abandoning Internet Explorer considered the use of this technology. Seeing that Spartan does not affect the development of the Internet in any way - it is so rarely used that developers ignore it - it was decided to come back to this idea.

So Microsoft joined the Chromium development companies and decided that the next - currently in beta testing - version of Edge will be built on this technology. This move has many benefits for the company. Instead of fighting for Spartan to be compatible with optimized websites under Chromium, human resources can focus on another robot, including the browser usable layer. Edge users will benefit from the market-leading technology.

All this in exchange for partial loss of influence on the development of the Internet. Chromium is open, everyone developing the project shares patches and innovations introduced to it, and everyone uses them. These patches and innovations are approved and rejected by a group of moderators, and this group consists only of Google employees.

Great noise on the Internet. A moment of immortality, of historical significance. And now it's time to practice

edge versus chrome

Edge built on Chromium will not be available only for Windows 10. The browser is created in versions for Windows 7, Windows 8.x , macOS and Android - in the latter case it is even in the production version, I recommend checking if you have not already done so, she is great. It would seem that every enthusiast will want to check what Microsoft brings to Chromium, how it will distinguish its product from Chrome. We're talking about one of the largest software companies in the world that has dominated the browser market for decades.

And if not every enthusiast, then maybe even programmers.

And even if not, at least the Microsoft user community.

Maybe his fans?

Let's look at the numbers

As informs Microsoft Edge development version of the browser has been downloaded over a million times. MILLION! Can you imagine that? A lot. After all, this is a test version of the product that has not enjoyed any greater interest so far. Great success! Except not.

We have 1.5 billion devices compatible with the new Edge in the world. Tens of millions of Poppies and hundreds of millions of PC users with Windows 7 and Windows 10. Well, but one might rightly notice that this is a beta version, that ordinary people do not care about future browser testing from the future. And you are right. Only there is one more number that puts a million Edge into a catastrophic context.

We have 16 million active members of the Windows Insider program today. 16 million people are ready to use the experimental future version of Windows 10, knowingly exposing themselves to unstable work and a number of other potential problems.

These 16 million Windows 10 testers prefer to use Chrome.

I will give you a moment to let this information soak up and reach.

After all, why would they want to use the new Edge?

I have several arguments. First, the new Edge uses the same paid third-party licenses as the old one. This means advanced support for copy-protected media, including high-definition playback. Secondly, Edge is compatible with management tools for companies, which gives it good opportunities for company admins. Thirdly, it is compatible with many solutions for the disabled. Fourth, however, it is not from Google.

edge versus chrome

This argument is quite important for some, including myself. I try to avoid Google services as much as possible while maintaining relative convenience. I do not like the business model of this company and I think that we should all take ownership of our data more seriously. Edge not only does not contain advertising and tracking modules from Google, but also on default settings blocks the collection of some data about us - with the possibility of setting an even more aggressive block.

However, these are arguments that appeal to a very narrow audience. Other creations based on Chromium - such as Opera or Brave - bring much more. In fact, even Chrome can be upgraded with the appropriate extensions and probably in this way achieve similar functionality to the Microsoft browser.

Edge promises to be a great browser. For some time I have been using Canary's compilation on the laptop I work on - for everything. And I am always pleased. However, does Edge, apart from the above arguments, provide me with any further improvements? Something that obviously makes it a Chrome-killer and that people will massively switch to it?


Can this failure be somehow turned into success? Words of encouragement for fanbors

Playing for a moment as a devil's advocate: yes, let's build the Edge project on Chromium can be partially counted as success. It is worth considering why Microsoft actually has a web browser, apart from the fact that one should be offered in the system. Google's motivation is to create a product that will shape the future of online advertising and faster and easier consumption of its services.

Microsoft is dead from Internet advertising, not counting on the tiny success of the Bing search engine on the US market. He lives for it with software. And yet the Web is today considered as one of the application platforms. Controlling Web development is controlling the future of computer software. And Microsoft partly achieved it.

edge versus chrome

Spartan did not affect anything, unlike Chromium, which Microsoft is now influencing. Not final - after all, Google decides everything - but the interests of both companies in the further development of the project are more convergent than mutually exclusive. This can be seen in Chromium itself, to which Microsoft has already reported hundreds of improvements, usually accepted and implemented. If you were unable to create the future yourself, it's good to have at least an impact on it. Chromium will, after all, be crucial in the further development of such development solutions as PWA or Electron.

Let's not have any illusions. Edge as a browser will be nothing more than strange. Since even the biggest Microsoft enthusiasts on experimental versions of Windows prefer to run Chrome, there is basically nothing to talk about. I intend to continue using Edge - because I see no reason to stop. But I don't see an argument that I could convince most of you. After all, even lovers of absolute privacy have built on Chromium Brave that I will not mention Firefox being built for a proprietary solution. The next few years will pass under the banner of domination - and maybe monopoly - of Chrome, and Microsoft will not be the new Mozilla or Opera. It's a shame.

Google can sleep peacefully. Even Microsoft fans do not want to use the new Edge


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