Can EdgeOS compete with ChromeOS and iOS ?


Does anyone think we’ll see EdgeBooks that compete with ChromeOS or iOS and run UWP apps?

I think it would make sense, especially if they made it free.. all you would need is an Extension or App launcher for Edge.

Comments (12)

12 responses to “Can EdgeOS compete with ChromeOS and iOS ?”

  1. 5027

    No, because there is no such thing as EdgeOS or Edgebooks

    • 9900

      In reply to JudaZuk:

      Challenge accepted.

      I happen to have an HP Chromebook 11 g5 (setzer) sitting around.. just noticed legacy bios is available for it. I was going to look at W8.1 or MacOS.. but might as well look at W10 and try to get it to boot and use Edge for its init task. .. I know nothing about UWP programming, but who knows.. it could be fun.

  2. 2

    :) EdgeOS is pretty good.

    • 170

      In reply to Paul Thurrott:

      Definitely better than Windows 10 Cloud.  I'm guessing that Microsoft would rather lean on the name of a product that most people seem to like in Windows 10 though instead of a browser that most people do not.  

  3. 5812

    What issue is being fixed here. The key advantage the ChromeOS has is the way the system works. 1. Seamless updates. When you restart your boot into the updated OS. No nagging you to update. No 10 min of doing the update and then rebooting. Chrome OS is way more advanced and ties in with tons of plugins that the Edge browser can only dream of. Once the Android apps land I don't think MS has any chance. 

    • 9899

      In reply to Nicholas_Kathrein:

      I'm sure its a debate Microsoft is having internally right now.

      But I also think they can't afford to not offer the option, ChromeOS and iOS native apps will always lead integration and have first position advantage when their parent companies plan and offer a new service.

      Its nothing nefarious.. its just Google and Apple will be on the ground before anyone else.. having a foothold in peoples mind would let them showcase their services.. on a ChromeOS or iOS platform introducing a new Microsoft app would take time and might run afoul of appstore approval polices, that Microsoft would not control.

      There is also the withdrawl effect of foreign services by third parties.. if Google or Apple can't make money on them and withdraw a mission critical service from the cloud.. there goes one of your products. They can't build a stable business on ephemeral services that can go "poof" at any time.

      API churn alone has caused a lot of trouble for people, Facebook changes their APIs quite often, Google changed Blogger and Youtube APIs, Apple doesn't exactly pre-announce their API changes and even Yahoo and Amazon changes their APIs.. if you have no input or control over the APIs that power your services.. your not much different from a standalone developer per application, and at a significant disadvantage.


  4. 8578

    That name is already taken: Operating System for Ubiquiti EdgeRouters:

  5. 5477

    I think if Microsoft, made a version of Windows that ran Microsoft Edge as the base, with Universal Apps along with it. It would be somewhat successful. Also, if they made it run on Arm based devices.

    Although it's reminiscent of Windows RT. A Edge based OS with Apps, would have none of the legacy things from Windows. It would have to be a total reinvention of how Windows is. 

  6. 399

    I'll be interested to see how Windows 10 Cloud runs on something like a HP Stream 11 (even better would be identical Cloud/Chromebooks). I'm not convinced that just ripping out the Win32 subsystem is going to be enough to make Windows run well on limited hardware. 

  7. 5530

    Windows needs to find a way to make Windows Updates seamless. It's literally the only thing holding it back.