EdgeHTML Engineer explains why MS switched to Chromium

Boy if this is true…oh boy


Ex Edge developer blames Google tricks in part for move to Chromium

“Don’t be evil”.

Conversation 16 comments

  • wright_is

    Premium Member
    18 December, 2018 - 12:25 am

    <p>If true, it doesn't surprise me. But such tactics won't get me to use Chrome. I don't use Google services, other than the Play Store on my phone.</p>

    • red.radar

      Premium Member
      18 December, 2018 - 8:44 pm

      <blockquote><em><a href="#383768">In reply to wright_is:</a></em></blockquote><p>I finally had to break down and install Chrome for corporate use. Microsoft's Sharepoint and other Corporate intranet sites just run better in Chrome. .. Pained me greatly…. Will probally look at the chromium derivatives soon.</p><p><br></p><p>At least I am never logging into a Google service with Chrome… </p>

      • coreyp

        20 December, 2018 - 1:57 pm

        <p>Vivaldi works well in my experience for Chrome-designed sites. </p>

        • skborders

          15 January, 2019 - 7:25 pm

          <blockquote><em><a href="#384736">In reply to CoreyP:</a></em></blockquote><p>I have been using Vivaldi and comparing with Edge. Edge starts up faster and IMO renders pages faster until you run into a site that does work well in Edge.</p>

  • F4IL

    18 December, 2018 - 11:01 am

    <p>…in part… So, what's the other part? For readers to form a complete picture, they need to know the full facts which the <em>anonymous ex developer</em> conveniently omits. This post only helps us <span style="background-color: rgb(255, 255, 255);">blame google, instead of </span>forming an educated opinion.</p>

  • Tony Barrett

    18 December, 2018 - 11:27 am

    <p>Poor MS. With all their resources, and despite the fact they've tried to hobble Chrome in the past themselves, and had a browser monopoly with IE, killing competitors in the process, now blame Google for one poor hidden little DIV that, for whatever reason it's there, broke Edge. Jeez. Stop whining MS. If that's the sole reason Edge is switching to Chromium, then don't even bother. Edge has way more problems than that, but heck, lets blame someone else, despite the thousands of engineers you have that couldn't find a way to work around it.</p><p>While you're at it, how about you let other browsers into your app store, without forcing them to use EdgeHTML! Oops – moot point now!</p>

    • wright_is

      Premium Member
      19 December, 2018 - 3:26 am

      <blockquote><em><a href="#383939">In reply to ghostrider:</a></em></blockquote><p>MS isn't whining, an ex-intern is.</p>

  • Paul Thurrott

    Premium Member
    18 December, 2018 - 11:47 am

    <p>First of all, this guy was an intern. 🙂 </p>

    • Sprtfan

      18 December, 2018 - 4:08 pm

      <blockquote><em><a href="#383947">In reply to paul-thurrott:</a></em></blockquote><p>doesn't mean&nbsp;that he wouldn't have some inside information. I'm guessing he would have talked to people or overheard things. I didn't find anything in the article to be that surprising I guess either. </p>

    • lvthunder

      Premium Member
      18 December, 2018 - 5:59 pm

      <blockquote><em><a href="#383947">In reply to paul-thurrott:</a></em></blockquote><p>So you're saying he has more information then most people just speculating on the reasons they made the switch.</p>

      • skane2600

        18 December, 2018 - 10:33 pm

        <blockquote><em><a href="#384079">In reply to lvthunder:</a></em></blockquote><p>No, he's saying he's not a authoritative source. A decision like this isn't made by developers, but by management. Unless <span style="background-color: rgb(255, 255, 255); color: rgb(34, 34, 34);">Nadella </span>made an announcement to the "troops" that this was the reason, his speculation is no better than ours.</p>

  • silverpasco

    15 January, 2019 - 5:35 pm

    <p>In my thoughts, it is yet another dastardly plan by the manufacturers to get people to buy more hardware yet again.</p><p><br></p><p>I keep reading on the internet that x browser is better than y browser. However, if you look up the original, Chromium, and look around the site it gives its recommended minimum specification for building Chromium for Windows as 8GB but recommends 16GB RAM. Further thinking from this led me to delete Chrome browser and resort to Firefox, which states suggested RAM at 4GB, and now I have no problems with speed. I don't plan on using any Chromium based browsers again, and sorry that will include the new planned Edge browser, which I didn't actually mind using.</p>

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