Microsoft has been increasing its participation in the Open Source Software (OSS) community for a few years now and are becoming one of the largest supporters of OSS projects. Microsoft has now made some major announcements for Microsoft Edge.
The first announcement that Microsoft made is that they are moving Edge from EdgeHTML to the Chromium Platform for the desktop. They said,
“Our intent is to align the Microsoft Edge web platform simultaneously (a) with web standards and (b) with other Chromium-based browsers. This will deliver improved compatibility for everyone and create a simpler test-matrix for web developers.”
Secondly, Microsoft announced that updates to Microsoft Edge will now be delivered for all the supported versions of Windows more frequently. With this, they are planning to bring Microsoft Edge support for the macOS as well. They said,
“We also expect this work to enable us to bring Microsoft Edge to other platforms like macOS. Improving the web-platform experience for both end users and developers requires that the web platform and the browser be consistently available to as many devices as possible. To accomplish this, we will evolve the browser code more broadly, so that our distribution model offers an updated Microsoft Edge experience + platform across all supported versions of Windows, while still maintaining the benefits of the browser’s close integration with Windows.”
Plus, they announced that they will be working on the OSS Project of Chromium to make the web a better experience for everyone.
Microsoft Edge Insider Program
If you are a Web Developer, Microsoft is inviting you to join their Microsoft Edge Insider Program. This is similar to their Windows Insider Program, Office Insider Program, and the Xbox Insider Program. The people in the community will be enabled to get the latest preview builds from Microsoft and their members of the community will be able to test their web apps with the latest APIs.
You can read more about this announcement here.