Mi­crosoft is plan­ning on re­plac­ing Edge with a new Chrome-based browser

A new de­fault browser for Win­dows could be on the cards.

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Not too long ago Mi­crosoft be­gan ask­ing Win­dows 10 users why they pre­fer us­ing Chrome as a browser over Edge. It seems we may have an idea why the com­pany was do­ing so — Mi­crosoft is wash­ing its hands of Edge, ac­cord­ing a re­port pub­lished by The Verge. Sources have told the on­line pub­li­ca­tion that it will be re­placed by a Chromium-based browser which will be­come the de­fault op­tion on Win­dows 10. At the time of writ­ing, this news was just hearsay, with the sources telling The Verge the an­nounce­ment isn’t too far away. With Chrome clearly the mar­ket leader when it comes to web browsers, the de­ci­sion to switch to a Chromium-based op­tion for bet­ter com­pat­i­bil­ity with Win­dows 10 is, per­haps, a wise choice, es­pe­cially since Mi­crosoft has strug­gled with Edge over the years. Ac­cord­ing to sta­tis­tics shared by Net­mar­ket­share, Edge’s mar­ket share has been on a steady de­cline, cur­rently pegged at barely more than 4%, de­spite Mi­crosoft do­ing ev­ery­thing it can to give it a push. The de­ci­sion to switch, how­ever, is a brave move from the tech giant, es­pe­cially since it can be con­strued as an ad­mis­sion of de­feat.

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