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Microsoft Edge Is Coming to the Mac

After gossipy tidbits
coursed that such a move was up and coming, Microsoft has affirmed that it is
without a doubt moving from its Edge HTML back end to Chromium, the open source
venture that powers Google Chrome. In affirming the talk, the organization
likewise said it expected this move could enable it to acquaint Microsoft Edge
with mac OS.
Joe Belfiore,
corporate vice president of Windows, wrote in a blog post on Thursday
that the move marked a change toward a “better” web experience with Edge which
will be powered by the Blink and V8 JavaScript engines under Chromium and one
that on the consumer side will improve compatibility across websites.
However, a big focus
of this shift is on web developers, who Belfiore noted “will have a
less-fragmented web platform to test their sites against, ensuring that there
are fewer problems and increased satisfaction for users of their sites; and
because we’ll continue to provide the Microsoft Edge service-driven
understanding of legacy IE-only sites, Corporate IT will have improved
compatibility for both old and new web apps in the browser that comes with
Windows.”
Another key highlight
of the announcement is the suggestion that Microsoft Edge is coming to the Mac.
Belfiore wrote that Microsoft “[expected] this work to enable us to bring
Microsoft Edge to other platforms like macOS,” though no specific timeline has
yet been offered for when that may happen.
Belfiore acknowledged, this again has a lot to do with how developers
test their sites and product. Mac users
don’t have access to Edge, “testing for it became even more of an
afterthought.” Belfiore said that improving its product for developers as well
as consumers “requires that the web platform and the browser be consistently
available to as many devices as possible.”
While it’s not clear
yet when Microsoft Edge will become available on macOS, early
estimates predict that it could arrive sometime in 2019.
Microsoft may be
positioning the shift as one that’s overall beneficial for its end users and
developers, but the decision isn’t without its critics. Following the
announcement, Mozilla’s CEO Chris Beard joined others in raising concerns that
the shift “hands over control of even more of online life to Google.”
“[Browser engines]
determine core capabilities such as which content we as consumers can see, how
secure we are when we watch content, and how much control we have over what
websites and services can do to us,” Beard wrote in a blog post on
Thursday. “Microsoft’s decision gives Google more ability to single-handedly
decide what possibilities are available to each one of us.”

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