Microsoft stunned the tech industry when it announced it was
sunsetting Microsoft Edge rendering engine and would replace
Windows 10’s default web rendering engine with one developed by
the Chromium, which is an open-source project headed by Google
There are plenty of reasons for old Edge’s failure, but a
significant one is Google’s dominance over the web and
Microsoft’s lack of intent to develop a feature-rich browser
before sunsetting Internet Explorer.
Another one is the lack of extensions in the Edge web store.
There were only 118 extensions in the Edge add-ons store, which
was just a fraction of those offered in the Google Web Store.
Microsoft said that they only approve the extensions tested and
validated by its Edge team to ensure quality and security, but
this approach backfired and more users switched to better
alternatives, such as Chrome and Firefox.
By adopting Chromium, Microsoft has addressed all these issues
and Edge is now getting more frequent updates. Plus, Edge is
still faster than Chrome, thanks to the numerous resources and
power consumption improvements made by Microsoft.
According to both NetMarketShare and StatCounter,
Microsoft Edge is growing at an exceptional rate.
NetMarketShare said that Edge is now the second most popular
web browser, while StatCounter report suggests Edge is still
catching up and it will beat Firefox soon.
Similarly, a thread created by IT admins suggests that
Microsoft Edge is also making inroads in the enterprise market.
“I still prefer Firefox over other browsers but [Edge is]
actually a very usable browser now. I prefer it over Chrome to
be honest. Just because of the Google stalking stuff,” one IT
and others also agreed that Chromium Edge is better than legacy
Edge or Chrome.
“It’s fast, respects much more HTML5 standards, can be
configured to seamlessly switch to IE mode on legacy enterprise
sites (ex. sites which require Java), and integrates superbly
with O365. Gone are the days of Edge having only one purpose:
downloading a different browser,” another enterprise customer
There are plenty of reasons for Chromium Edge’s success. But a
significant one is privacy controls and another is support for
all Chrome features.
The market share of Microsoft Edge is likely to get better in
the coming months as Windows 10’s October 2020 Update ships
with the Chromium version and
there’s also a taskbar popup recommendation to remind users
about upgraded Edge experience.