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July 16, 2020

Google Chrome vs. Microsoft Edge Chromium

Microsoft’s new Chromium-based Edge browser might become a viable alternative for Google Chrome. It could even challenge its market share. Of course, this is only my personal opinion.  An indisputable fact is that Chrome’s top position is widely based on users being unhappy with Edge and IE. When Edge behaves and works exactly like Chrome, there will be one more reason to use Edge as the default browser in Windows 10 instead of a third party alternative.

What makes this situation really interesting is that Google worked (and still works) quite closely with Microsoft in getting Edge Chromium to work. Even so, some conspiracy theories proliferate. A month ago, users reported that Google Meet stopped working in Edge Chromium preview. Some users saw this as Google trying to push them back to Chrome. The same kind of thing happened this week, when users trying out a new layout for YouTube, still in its testing phase, learned that Edge Chromium is not (currently) supported:

Even some well-known writers have commented this, wondering what’s happening, forgetting how closely Google works together with Microsoft on the Edge Chromium project. Edge Chromium is still a preview, so it is quite natural for a new developer test build to manifest some compatibility issues. Google’s commitment to open source Chromium remains unshaken and unchanged, however. Google Meet already works in Edge Chromium, and YouTube New will for sure work again in future releases of Edge Chromium.

Thus it’s time for certain parties to remove their tinfoil hats, there’s no conspiracy here. However strong alternative for Chrome the new Edge will be, that does affect Google’s commitment. Edge Chromium may will have some bugs before its general availability release. When released, you can be quite sure it will work the same way, if not better than any other Chromium based browser.


Author: Kari Finn

A former Windows Insider MVP, Kari started in computing in the mid 80’s writing code for VAX / VMS systems. Since then, he’s worked in a variety of IT positions. He specializes in Windows image capture, customization, repair and deployment as well as Hyper-V virtualization. Kari is a proud Team Member at number #1 Windows site TenForums.com.

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