Yesterday, Microsoft announced that it is redeveloping Edge browser on open source Chromium rendering engine used by Google Chrome.
In an official blog post, the Redmond based company also said that the shift would help it to bring its Edge browser to macOS.
Edge was launched as a replacement of Internet Explorer and is the default browser on Windows platform. The browser was made available only for Windows 10, but, now as per the latest announcement, Microsoft Edge will be available for Mac devices in 2019.
Joe Belfiore, corporate vice president of Windows, wrote, “We also expect this work [moving to Chromium-compatible web platform] to enable us to bring Microsoft Edge to other platforms like macOS.”
Belfiore also wrote that Edge would be made available to other supported versions of Windows as well including Windows 7 and Windows 8.
According to The Verge, Microsoft has been planning the shift for over a year, and consumers & businesses have a huge role to play behind the move. With a Chromium-based browser, Microsoft intends to “create better web compatibility” for customers and less fragmentation of the web for web developers.
No specific date or timeline has been announced about Edge’s availability on macOS. However; there are speculations that the company could offer the Mac compatible Edge browser in 2019.