The Chromium version will also be available on Windows 7 and 8 as a separate application.

Microsoft decided to abandon its own EdgeHTML engine in the Edge browser. The company will rebuild it based on Chromium, an open source project that underlies Google Chrome.

Microsoft is not going to give up the Edge brand: only the work of the browser “under the hood” will change. Microsoft Vice President Joe Belfiore (Joe Belfiore) noted that due to the transition to Chromium, users will get improved compatibility with all sites. In addition, the change of the engine will reduce power consumption and improve hardware integration with other devices on Windows.

Along with the announcement of the refusal of its own engine, Microsoft launched a testing program for a new browser. It is possible to register on a separate site . A preliminary version of the new Edge will be released in early 2019.