25 April 2019
Microsoft has been reported of working on a Chromium-powered Edge browser for quite some time and now, the first look of the same has surfaced in the latest leak. As reported exclusively by The Verge, Chromium-powered Edge browser looks quite similar to Google Chrome but with a few tweaks here and there.
The team has essentially mixed the looks of both original Edge and Chrome browser for the upcoming Edge variant. It gives a hint of both the browsers in its current form but things can always change by the time public release happens. During the first launch after installation, it suggests user import bookmarks, passwords, favorites, and browsing history from their default browser (Edge or Chrome).
The next step is to choose the layout for the first tab page after which the browser is available for usage. While it has the majority of the commonly expected features, many of the signature Edge features are missing. These include the ability to set aside tabs and write on the web using a stylus. For those who prefer dark mode, it is available but can only be enabled via a testing flag.
Since it features Chromium underneath, there is full support for Chrome extensions via the Chrome Web Store. Although, a user will have turn on a toggle from settings to make use of the same. Alternatively, Microsoft has its own dedicated store for extensions that have been approved by its own team. It further supports extension syncing but is currently limited to syncing favorites. The ability to sync settings, history, extensions, open tabs, passwords, and autofill information will be added in the near future.
In terms of performance, the new Chromium-powered Edge browser is said to be significantly faster than the currently available Edge browser. Both the launch time and browsing experience is reported to be faster. There are no words on its public release yet but it is expected to happen sooner than later. It is likely to become the default Windows 10 browser once that happens.