Microsoft to replace Edge with Chromium based browser

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  1. thierryb

    thierryb Scribbler - Standard Member Senior Member

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    Not sure, they could continue to name it edge.
  2. dellaster

    dellaster Scribbler - Standard Member Senior Member

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    I didn't realize that you can't be one of the Cool Kids if you use Edge. Oh well, I've always been a nerdy outsider. :p
  3. Marty

    Marty Scribbler - Standard Member Senior Member

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    When I read Mozilla's bleak statement on the death of Edge:

    "From a social, civic and individual empowerment perspective ceding control of fundamental online infrastructure to a single company is terrible. This is why Mozilla exists. We compete with Google not because it’s a good business opportunity."

    I was a little taken aback, but not overly concerned. But now after reading this story from an ex-Edge developer, I am worried:

    "I very recently worked on the Edge team, and one of the reasons we decided to end EdgeHTML was because Google kept making changes to its sites that broke other browsers, and we couldn’t keep up. For example, they recently added a hidden empty div over YouTube videos that causes our hardware acceleration fast-path to bail (should now be fixed in Win10 Oct update). Prior to that, our fairly state-of-the-art video acceleration put us well ahead of Chrome on video playback time on battery, but almost the instant they broke things on YouTube, they started advertising Chrome’s dominance over Edge on video-watching battery life. What makes it so sad, is that their claimed dominance was not due to ingenious optimization work by Chrome, but due to a failure of YouTube. On the whole, they only made the web slower."

    MS should just stick to their guns; Edge is good for what it is: solid, consistent performance across all platforms. I hope Nadella reverses this decision.
  4. siddhartth

    siddhartth Scribbler - Standard Member Senior Member

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    i for one liked Edge, but one has to understand that it was done for our own convenience. Good or bad, but blink is the engine for which websites are built. ITts a smart decision. i imagine that skin and functions will look the same.

    My issue with the Edge is not related to it's rendering engine, but about something that was more problematic in it to begin with. The "linked notes in onenote" (that is parallel note taking in OneNote while reading in internet explorer has not yet been brought over to Microsoft edge, which is supposed to replace the older browser for all practical purposes). The linked notes feature has become all the more important now since it now has annotation features for ebooks in pdfs and epub formats. It would be really convenient for knowledge workers like lawyers, scientists, economists, doctors, journalists and students of any kind, to research through multiple documents open in different browser tabs at the same time. And when the workflow has to be interrupted because of something, the user can save all these tabs together as "set", thanks to the new "sets" feature in app. I think this functionality can be hugely beneficial to most users. So, blink is hardly any source of worry for me, it's the broken integration between Microsoft's own modern apps that worries me.

    Another thing that worries me is Microsoft is completely behind in the custom silicon game. Apple develops it's own ARM silicon for ipad. Why must Microsoft lag behind. Even the surface go was an intel pentium. This year's Surface pro has to be a Qualcomm 8cx or better with thin bezels. Especially on Surface go and pro. And as a tabletpc user, what worries me most is this wholesale adoption of bad AES technologies like Wacom AES, NTrig and Synaptics that has been a complete disaster since last 5-4 years. But now, HP has realised what samsung knew all along- Wacom EMR is the only pen tech that's dependable for professionals who really depend on their pens. Ntrig has shown very lil improvement but it's still way behind when it comes to the near zero grams initial activation force in it's competitors.
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