Microsoft’s big announcement at the end of last year surprised (almost) everyone: the company is adopting Google’s Chromium for the default Windows 10 browser, Microsoft Edge.
Back when the company first announced the move, it promised to start delivering preview builds of the new browser in early 2019. And considering we are just coming to the end of February, the company still has a little more time before we go into mid-2019.
From the looks of things, however, the new browser could be coming soon to Insiders. A Microsoft employee today tweeted screenshots of the new Chromium-based Microsoft Edge, showing off the new-ish logo for what seems like Microsoft Edge Canary:
Here’s the tweet that was deleted pic.twitter.com/nbjoeI9nrA
— Tero Alhonen💙💛 (@teroalhonen) February 26, 2019
Screenshots of the installer for the new browser was also leaked, and the graphic suggests that Microsoft has started readying the new browser for Insiders to test.
In terms of features, it’s still very much unclear what exactly Microsoft plans to change with the new Chromium-based Edge browser. Although Microsoft plans to contribute heavily to Chromium, one of the company’s initial focus is to improve accessibility on the engine. It intends to eventually bring the browser to other platforms like macOS, too.
Details of when or how Microsoft plans to test the new browser with Insiders remains unknown. There is a possibility the company will start off with a limited testing process, however. But considering Windows 10 19H1 development is almost done, we could soon be getting our hands on the new Edge browser based on Chromium.
<blockquote><br></blockquote><p>Yes Edge scrolls great. But I switched to Firefox recently and with some adjustments and tweaks it can scroll similarly as edge.</p><p><br></p><p>For touchpad, paradoxically often works best just to disable smooth scrolling as a whole in standard options – that is often enough (also it is based on touchpad settings).</p><p> </p><p>For mouse wheel there are some settings to try, more can be found on the web (search "Firefox scroll like Edge".</p><p> </p><p><strong>MS Edge smooth scrolling</strong></p><p>general.smoothScroll.msdPhysics.continuousMotionMaxDeltaMS;250</p><p>general.smoothScroll.msdPhysics.enabled;true</p><p>general.smoothScroll.msdPhysics.motionBeginSpringConstant;450</p><p>general.smoothScroll.msdPhysics.regularSpringConstant;450</p><p>general.smoothScroll.msdPhysics.slowdownMinDeltaMS;50</p><p>general.smoothScroll.msdPhysics.slowdownMinDeltaRatio;0.4</p><p>general.smoothScroll.msdPhysics.slowdownSpringConstant;5000</p><p>mousewheel.min_line_scroll_amount;30</p>
<blockquote><em><a href="#407658">In reply to Silversee:</a></em></blockquote><p>Assuming what you say is true, it's just another example of how generic solutions are often sub-optimal. </p>
<blockquote><em><a href="#407569">In reply to Jackwagon:</a></em></blockquote><p>totally agree, but you know people feels cool to bash on MS without even know</p>
<blockquote><em><a href="#407543">In reply to Winner:</a></em></blockquote><p>I think there's some consistency here. Both versions of Edge will probably fail. Google supports this development which means that it could have happened even if Chromium was closed-source. </p>