Microsoft has taken recently very surprising decision. The giant from Redmond decided to abandon the proprietary Edge web browser engine. Instead, Microsoft will prepare a new browser, which will be based on Chromium – an open source project founded by Google. Chrome and Opera creators support this idea. However, Mozilla does not support the enthusiasm of competitors.
About 17 – 18 years ago the world of web browsers was dominated by Internet Explorer. However, first Firefox, and later Chrome, took the priority palm of Microsoft’s browser. Edge was supposed to change it. However, it did not happen. Will Microsoft’s browser based on the Chromium project change the current situation? We do not know that. However, Google is very optimistic about Microsoft’s declaration.
“Chrome has been a champion of the open web since inception and we welcome Microsoft to the community of Chromium contributors. We look forward to working with Microsoft and the web standards community to advance the open web, support user choice, and deliver great browsing experiences”. – Google
The Opera also praises the Redmond giant for their decision. In the end, any browser using Chromium should benefit from it.
“We noticed that Microsoft seems very much to be following in Opera’s footsteps. Switching to Chromium is part of a strategy Opera successfully adopted in 2012. This strategy has proved fruitful for Opera, allowing us to focus on bringing unique features to our products. As for the impact on the Chromium ecosystem, we are yet to see how it will turn out, but we hope this will be a positive move for the future of the web”. – Opera
Mozilla is worried about Internet freedom
Will Microsoft’s accession to the Chromium project disturb the prevailing balance? Mozilla’s representatives are concerned that the Firefox browser may be pushed to the margins.
“This just increases the importance of Mozilla’s role as the only independent choice. We are not going to concede that Google’s implementation of the web is the only option consumers should have. That’s why we built Firefox in the first place and why we will always fight for a truly open web”. – Mozilla
Mozilla’s CEO has expanded the above statement on his blog. It reminded the times when Internet Explorer prevailed in the market of web browsers, and webmasters did not care about the operation of their websites in other programs. This was a very serious problem. It was not important whether the website or web application was written in accordance with the applicable standards. The only thing that counted was whether it works in IE. Will it be the same with Chromium?