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Confirmed: Microsoft is replacing Edge with a Chromium-powered browser

By midian182 · 47 replies
Dec 6, 2018
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  1. jobeard

    jobeard TS Ambassador Posts: 12,749   +1,490

    IMO, very few here understand that :sigh:
    m4a4 and cliffordcooley like this.
  2. great video, the lyrics below from Frank Zappa 1973 song: "I'm the Slime"
    I am gross and perverted
    I'm obsessed 'n deranged
    I have existed for years
    But very little has changed
    I'm the tool of the Government
    And industry too
    For I am destined to rule
    And regulate you

    I may be vile and pernicious
    But you can't look away
    I make you think I'm delicious
    With the stuff that I say
    I'm the best you can get
    Have you guessed me yet?
    I'm the slime oozin' out
    From your TV set

    You will obey me while I lead you
    And eat the garbage that I feed you
    Until the day that we don't need you
    Don't go for help . . . no one will heed you
    Your mind is totally controlled
    It has been stuffed into my mold
    And you will do as you are told
    Until the rights to you are sold

    That's right, folks . . .
    Don't touch that dial
    captaincranky likes this.
  3. H3llion

    H3llion TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,666   +424

    Chrome and Firefox won a long, long ago. TOR does not count.
  4. Branoli

    Branoli TS Rookie Posts: 21

    I never cared much for Edge. It seemed like I was always having to put in a password for sites I visit regularly and it became annoying since I have so many different passwords. I prefer Firefox although sometimes I do use Chrome. I will see what the changes entail and go from there. Just my 2 cents worth.
  5. texasrattler

    texasrattler TS Evangelist Posts: 614   +231

    Edge works just fine for me. I don't use it other than going to a few sites, no issues for me. I used IE for a very long time but over the course of the last year or so certain tech sites didn't support it very well and some game sites didn't like it either. So I decided to just use Edge from now on.
    While I do use Chrome its just not on my pc, its on my phone. My tablet uses Safari. In the end, it's all the same. For me, all of them do the same. None of them is anything special, just a browser at the end of the day. Maybe some use it for more or use it in more detail, I don't.
  6. LeroN

    LeroN TS Enthusiast Posts: 85   +28

    Finally Microsoft is not able to build just a web browser. A case when ambitions don't match possibilities of its outsourced companies.
  7. Squid Surprise

    Squid Surprise TS Evangelist Posts: 2,439   +1,434

    Is there any real reason you need to just use one browser??

    I have Firefox, Chrome and Edge - and Safari on my iPhone/iPad...

    I use each according to when they're useful. More choice is always better - If Edge becomes the same as Chrome, then that's just one less choice...
  8. cliffordcooley

    cliffordcooley TS Guardian Fighter Posts: 11,208   +4,877

    One good thing about this. Microsoft's sites may start working better with other browsers.
  9. lazer

    lazer TS Addict Posts: 230   +53

    I don't know about there rest of the people out there, but I haven't used a M$ browser from the time of IE. My standard is FF and Opera: fast, secure, and with plenty of great ad-ons to suit my personal taste.

    do people (with the exception of great grandmothers) actually use M$ browsers??
  10. koohansen

    koohansen TS Rookie

    Internet Explorer / Edge sole purpose is to download Chrome,Firefox and other browsers....
    lazer, havok585 and mcborge like this.
  11. Blitzeon

    Blitzeon TS Rookie

    That is accurate information...
  12. cliffordcooley

    cliffordcooley TS Guardian Fighter Posts: 11,208   +4,877

    With the exception 35 is not old.
    psycros likes this.
  13. Ravey

    Ravey TS Addict Posts: 148   +65

    I was quite a loyal user of IE and Edge up until this year. I only switched to Chrome initially because I started to get odd playback issues while trying to watch Twitch. Then I recently bought a Chromecast so making a complete switch to the Chrome browser was just an obvious step.

    Google is just doing everything right these days. I even prefer their free workstation tools, Google docs, sheets. So much more convenient than Word and Excel.

    I wouldn't be surprised if we start hearing news about a Google OS sometime soon.
  14. psycros

    psycros TS Evangelist Posts: 2,619   +2,353

    They have ChromeOS already and I wouldn't be a bit surprised if Google were to release a Linux distro made for all PCs. I guarantee their at least considering doing what Apple did with NetBSD.
  15. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 14,686   +3,846

    I never quite caught on to Mr. Zappa in his heyday. The clatter and atonality were enough to obscure his message. But with that set of lyrics, it's for certain he had a very potent and thoughtful message to deliver.

    Fast forward to now, the power / symphonic metal band "Kamelot", offers their take on government over watch and manipulation, with, "Liar, Liar". Oddly enough the guest girl singer does the metal vocal growling.

    You can't help but imagine the line , "liar, liar on the wall, tell me what you see". was inspired by our predilection to allow the TV set do our thinking and observing for us..

    Beside, if you like being hammered around in you seat by the music to which you listen, these guys are as up to the job as any! (y) (Y)

    Last edited: Dec 7, 2018
  16. Blitzeon

    Blitzeon TS Rookie

  17. vincentyu

    vincentyu TS Booster Posts: 33   +13

    It's not the engine but the interface that turned people away from Edge.
  18. Fred Dickey

    Fred Dickey TS Rookie

    No, it's the engine. It has some issues.

    I am a long term Google Chrome user and just tried flipping to Edge for my default browser, mainly because it has Single Sign On support for Office 365 for business for an Azure joined Windows 10 machine, so I wanted to give it a go and see if I can use it as my browser without looking back at Chrome, but I ended up looking back...not because of the interface but because on my MSP cloud dashboard platform it takes Edge an infinite amount of time to render something like say a trouble ticket that Chrome, IE and Firefox all render in just a second or two.

    So something is definitely wrong under the hood with Edge. So far that's the only thing that has made me jump back and forth between Chrome and Edge so far but it looks like I am going to be switching back to Google Chrome until they release a chromium based version of Edge.
  19. Fred Dickey

    Fred Dickey TS Rookie

    One thing that is annoying with Google Chrome is when it bogs down in Windows 10 and you pull up task manager and there are about a dozen or so chrome.exe processes running and you have to kill them all to get Chrome to work correctly again. Fully updated, no malware whatsoever, no out of the ordinary browser extensions. It doesn't do it very often but every now and then it does and is extremely annoying when your used to everything responding within a second or two at the most on your rig and suddenly you find yourself having to wait more than 10 seconds for something to come up.
  20. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 14,686   +3,846

    Well, I use Opera on a simple Pentium dual core, IGP, Win 7 32 bit machine, and it really doesn't bog down, until I have 50+ tabs open, with a bunch of YouTube videos included.

    Here's the catch, Opera is (IIRC) allegedly using the Chrome engine. at least it mirrors Chrome with copious quantities of "opera.exe", running. (I have at least 2 dozen ATM).

    I had much worse headaches with Firefox when running the same sorts of tab loads, with the browser locking up, and the video blanking to black. Bumping the machine up to 4 GB of memory, (from 2 GB), made FF run a bit better, but Opera is still far superior under heavy tab loads,

    When Opera "hits the wall", so to speak, it tells you, "the computer is out of memory, either close the tab, or try to reload it.

    Yes, obviously a hundred tabs will slow the machine down, but as they say, patience is a virtue.

    I can only conclude that Windows 10 is exactly the dog I think it is. After all, it's using up a bunch of resources communicating with almighty M$ while you're online, or / and, Chrome is a is a resource hog as well, and the more hardware you give it, the more it wants to take.
  21. kmo911

    kmo911 TS Enthusiast Posts: 82   +8

    Now there are a new problem. the ad supported chrome will die out ??!! :D:cold_sweat::scream:
    so changing to a more safe version would be better. if the case is so wouldt we just use ff then. show them what we are mad e off *nerd*:p(y) (Y) other browsers would not die. ie edge maxtron and so on where you choos youre browser on older os.
  22. Axiarus

    Axiarus TS Evangelist Posts: 423   +243

    Is English your first language?
  23. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 14,686   +3,846

    I'm not entirely convinced he has one :confused:

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