Chromium Edge is actually pretty cool!
It was a big step for step for the boys and girls in Redmond. They acknowledged that Microsoft Edge had fallen out of favour – in a big way.
The take-up of the new, modern browser was slow to begin with, and then stuttered out completely. Enterprise users were finding it hard to get users to adopt to Edge – many old-fashioned portals still relied on IE, and many Enterprises just took Edge off their image. Consumers also hated the lack of plug ins – Edge did not allow the ‘usual’ add-ins which people used every day – Adblock, Ghostery, Password Management tools – all the goodies.
Microsoft then took a step which a few years ago would have been unheard of. They dropped their in-house EdgeHTML programming and announced that the new Edge would be powered by open-source Chromium. The same workhorse used by Chrome and Firefox to name a few. After signing up for the Edge Preview over at https://www.microsoftedgeinsider.com you are able to take the new Edge for test drive.
All the plug-ins you love are ready to use, and the layout and speed is pretty neat. It may be a placebo effect, but I’ve found browsing with the new Edge painless and pretty darn quick. Whether the new Edge has the power to replace Chrome as the number one browser remains to be seen. One thing is true though; they have a bigger chance with this version of Edge than ever before!