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DevTrends #41

Microsoft Edge switches to Chromium


January 4, 2019



Microsoft Edge switches to Chromium

So we can say with confidence that Microsoft Edge is in its prime these days. It is no more associated with the burden of Internet Explorer past, is actively developed and has been supporting almost all modern web standards. And now Microsoft team makes another huge step towards open standards with moving Edge engine to Chromium-compatible web platform.

In their official announcement Microsoft said that early preview build of Edge with the new core will be available in early 2019. And whole this thing is really oriented more on developers than on end-users. It is really great that now, when developing websites and apps, we have one less platform to worry about. But some developers are concerned that this step will raise Google’s monopoly in the Web even more, leaving Firefox as the only alternative browser in terms of engine. Because even given the fact that Chromium is an open-source project, it is still almost completely being created by Google employees. Now, however, Microsoft devs also joined and are already actively contributing to Chromium core, so let’s just assume everything will be alright as it was.

Microsoft itself believes that switch to Chromium will help Edge to align better with web standards, make more frequent releases and last but not least bring Microsoft Edge to macOS which is quite an accomplishment itself. And we as web developers believe that Microsoft has truly good intentions, at least because of, you know, VS Code, TypeScript and MDN Web docs.


Google is well-known, among other things, for creating and pushing best web development standards related to performance and optimizations.

And there is a special GitHub account named GoogleChromeLabs, which consists of various tools and libraries from Google dev team, many of which are aimed specifically on improving web browsing experience for end-users. And another resident of this list which is recently hitted 1.0 release is called quicklink.

Quicklink is a small (less than 1 KB) library for boosting website navigation through prefetching subsequent pages. It looks on user’s viewport, detects links in it through Intersection Observer and prefetches urls to these links when browser is idle (so, without blocking UI rendering and other important tasks). It has simple API, is small and works both for static websites and single-page applications.

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