W10S and Browsers

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So we have Chrome on iOS which is not Chrome but in fact the Safari browser engine and Google has built its own browser user interface for that connects to Google services but its still running the same code as Safari.

 

We have Edge, Firefox and other browsers on Android that are in fact built on Google’s Chrome engine.

 

Why can’t Google build Chrome UI on the Edge engine? Is Microsoft locking it down not allowing third parties to customize their own Edge engine user interface? Are is Google just trying to kill Windows 10 S for Android or Chrome Devices. Could it be that Edge is still too new for Google to do this and they want to but Microsoft is keeping W10S so locked down and crippled because of Edge’s youth and underdevelopment? Why can’t Google’s engine be allowed into W10S? Ok W10S is so new I get “why build an app for it no one knows if the W10S it will gain traction and survive. I get that too but why not put your app in the Microsoft Store? Does Microsoft charge for “free” app? Why isn’t Chrome (todays version) not in the Microsoft Store for standard W10 Home and W10 Pro? Would it not be safer coming from the store?

 

To me the optics looks like Microsoft is trying to bring its services to everyone’s platform Edge, Outlook, Office, OneDrive, Cortana and yet everyone is doing their best to not return the favor. Is it just optics? I do see that you cant have Google’s assistant, Alexa or even Siri replace Cortana on W10.

I know I am answering my own questions a bit here but I would like analysis form smarter people.

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4 responses to “W10S and Browsers”

  1. arunphilip

    AFAIK, the Edge rendering engine (i.e. EdgeHTML rendering + Chakra JavaScript engine) doesn't expose itself for use by other browser wrappers (i.e. other browser's UI/chrome).


    Which is a damn shame, in my opinion, as I believe this is a capable engine (especially in text rendering) which is badly hobbled by the Edge UI/chrome.

  2. hrlngrv

    Because Google doesn't want to.

    Google Chrome has become the most used browser on Windows PCs without a presence in the MSFT Store. Why start now? As in, why bother? The number of Windows 10 users getting application software only from the MSFT Store is likely an order of magnitude smaller than the number of Windows phone hold-outs.

    Finally, Google has far more reasons to want to see Windows 10 S die rotting in the sun than do anything to improve its chances of living longer than, say, Silverlight. As for MSFT, now that its aspirations in phone OSes have been crushed, it needs to put as much of its apps and services in Google/Android and Apple/iOS app stores as possible. The reverse, that Google or Apple have any pressing need to put anything in the MSFT Store effectively for PCs only, just doesn't hold. In brutally simple terms, MSFT needs others' app stores, but the others don't need MSFT's. That won't change until a majority of PC users come to rely on the MSFT Store for ALL of their software. That certainly won't happen while Windows 7 usage exceeds Windows 10 usage, and probably not for several years after Windows 10 becomes the most used version. Indeed, it may never happen.

    This really isn't a mystery.

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