Microsoft Edge, despite its features and improvements in recent years, has failed to perform well in the market — Google Chrome is one of the biggest reasons behind it. According to rumors, Microsoft is planning to tackle the issue by developing a Chromium-based web browser that would replace Edge.
Windows Central has reported that Microsoft is working on a project codenamed as ‘Anaheim‘ for building a browser based on Chromium, which is an open source web browser project initiated by Google.
The rumors are highly reliable as 9to5Google has also reported that Microsoft developers have committed tons of code to the Chromium project.
It is not known whether the new Chromium-based browser would be similar to Edge as far as the interface is considered, and whether Microsoft would continue the Edge brand or launch a new brand.
Microsoft already uses Chrome source code for its Edge browser Android and iOS apps, therefore, it would not be much of a work for building apps.
Reports have suggested that Microsoft could launch its under-development web browser by as soon as early next year. Windows Central’ Zac Bowden has said that Microsoft could introduce Anaheim throughout the 19H1 development cycle which is, currently, under Fast Ring testing by Insiders.
By developing a Chromium browser, Microsoft could pose a serious challenge to the popular browsers such as Google Chrome, Firefox, and Opera.