Quick Hit: Microsoft Edge with Chromium is Now Ready to Preview

Steven NgDaily Debug BlogLeave a Comment

If you haven’t heard the news, Microsoft is moving the engine behind the Edge browser to Chromium, the engine behind Chrome. You can now try it out, as the preview program has gone live.

So you might be wondering how this will impact you. I don’t have an answer for that, but I can tell you how it will impact me.

  1. Assign It To Me, while capable of running on Edge, always had issues with performance when running in Edge compared to Chrome and Firefox. With the adoption of Chromium (which we use as a baseline for our development and testing) will make Assign It To Me much more performant for our users.
  2. If you’re a Windows laptop user, Microsoft’s own browsers tend to be better on battery consumption than other browsers. Chrome, has always been for lack of a better word, pig, on Windows. It eats up CPU cycles like you don’t believe, and of course, battery. Even with those flaws, I still can’t abandon Chrome for my own browsing use. I’m hoping this new incarnation of Edge will change that.
  3. If you’re a Cognos+Microsoft shop, you’ll no longer be forced to use IE to access Cognos. Cognos’s more recent user interfaces are better suited for Chromium/Webkit rendering engines, and now you’ll have a Cognos friendly Microsoft browser supporting modern web standards that is IT approved.


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