Google Gives a Thumbs-Up to Chromium-Based Microsoft Edge

Posted on April 27, 2019 by Paul Thurrott in Microsoft Edge, Windows 10 with 27 Comments

Microsoft’s decision to adopt Chromium as the basis for future versions of its Edge web browser is controversial to some who worry that Google will work to undermine the browser. But the search giant appears to support Microsoft’s move.

News of Google’s reaction comes courtesy of a misreported incident in which a Google enterprise messaging service called Meet doesn’t currently work in pre-release versions of the new Edge: Some claimed that Google was “blocking” the new Edge, leading to worries that it would do so across its other, more popular services.

But Google isn’t blocking the new Edge. Instead, Google Meet only works with browsers that are explicitly white-listed. Because the new Edge is so, well, new, and is in a pre-release state at the moment, Google Meet just doesn’t know anything about it. But that will change as the new Edge evolves, Google says.

“We view the increased adoption of Chromium and WebRTC as positive for the entire Unified Communications industry,” a Google spokesperson told The Verge. “With the recent release of developer previews for Edge, we are thrilled to be able to offer a new preview experience of Hangouts Meet, and we plan to officially support it once it becomes generally available.”

I realize this won’t calm all fears. But given the history between Microsoft and Google, this is indeed positive news, and a sign, I think, that fears of Google retaliation against the new Edge are overblown. Maybe we really all can get along.

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