Believe it or not Microsoft is going “all-in” on open source technologies, and even started developing insider builds of their Edge Browser which are based on Google’s open-source browser implementation called Chromium. Chromium is used as a base starting point for a number of popular browsers like Google Chrome, vivaldi, Opera, yandex, Brave, and more.
While this project is still in its infancy, Microsoft eventually plans to dump their proprietary builds of Edge in favor of a more compatible, open source browser based on Chromium.
According to this blog post from Microsoft,
“In December, we announced our intention to adopt the Chromium open source project in the development of Microsoft Edge on the desktop. Our goal is to work with the larger Chromium open source community to create better web compatibility for our customers and less fragmentation of the web for all web developers.
Joe Belfiore – Microsoft
Today we’re embarking on the next step in this journey – our first Canary and Developer builds are ready for download on Windows 10 PCs. Canary builds are preview builds that will be updated daily, while Developer builds are preview builds that will be updated weekly. Beta builds will come online in the future. Support for Mac and all supported versions of Windows will also come over time.”
Here you can check out the builds for yourself: