Newsletter Archives

  • Chredge is available now

    Be still my beating heart.

    The Chromium-engine based version of Edge, which Mary Jo calls “Chredge,” just made an appearance on the Microsoft download site. Don’t know about you, but when I go to that site with the Chrome browser on Win10, it invites me to download the macOS version.

    Chredge still has a lot of rough edges. No history sync across devices. No extension sync between devices. And we’re just starting the (unpaid) beta testing phase. But it’s still a welcome new take on a dreadful old/new product.

    We’ve been promised an automatic rollout to Windows users.Kyle Pflug at Microsoft has posted a rollout roadmap:

    If you’d prefer not to install Microsoft Edge manuallyyou can wait for it to be installed in a future update to Windows 10following our measured roll-out approach over the next several months. We will start to migrate Windows 10 customers to the new Microsoft Edge in the coming weeks, starting with a subset of Windows Insiders in the Release Preview ring Enterprise and education users will not be automatically upgraded at this timeThe new Microsoft Edge will gradually be made available on Windows Update and offered to additional devices as data and feedback indicate that users are having a good experience.

    Yes, you can run Chredge and Oldedge simultaneously, but why bother?

  • Neowin: Microsoft will support the new Chromium-based Edge, Chredge, for at least 18 months

    Yeah, I know, it doesn’t make any sense.

    But if you’re running Windows 7 after Wednesday, you’ll likely get nudged to install the new Chredge = the Chromium-engine based version of Edge.

    Even more surprising: That version of Chredge — the one on the unsupported version of Windows — will be supported at least until July 15, 2021.

    Rich Woods at Neowin says it’s so.

    Thx @EP for the heads up.

    UPDATE: Rich Woods has since said that Microsoft retracted its statement.

  • New Chredge logo

    When Microsoft finally releases the new Chromium-based version of Edge, this will likely be the logo.

    Sonic the Chredge Hog?

    Thx Paul Thurrott.

  • Why does nobody use Edge?

    Excellent rant/position piece on Quora from Jin Kim, who’s a Product Manager at Microsoft:

    Microsoft has had a history of trying to compete with other successful products and services and losing focus on making the core fundamentals of that product better, but instead, adding some “value-add” feature to out-spec our competitors. But seriously, we forget that we are not very good at addressing the core fact that we need to focus on the fundamentals.

    Oh yeah and look, we threw in the towel and now about to release the new EDGE built on CHROMIUM!!! Wow, whodathunkit!

    Give this guy a standing ovation. And a raise.

    Thx @rpodric.

  • The Chrome vs Edgemium (Chredge?) wars heat up

    With Edge now absorbing the Chromium rendering engine*, I expect all of the Windows-centric bloggers to start explaining, in excruciating detail, why the New Edge is better than the current Google Chrome. The new Edge, it must be noted, is only available in beta preview versions. Even the latest Win10 1903 bits from MSDN contain the old Edge.

    Martin Brinkmann has a detailed side-by-side comparison, and come up with eight significant ways in which the beta Edgemium is better than (or at least different to) the shipping Chrome.

    In the end, I think this sentence hits the nail on the head:

    While you could say that you trade one data-hungry company for another, it boils down to personal preference.

    I think it’s great that Microsoft is getting back into the browser wars. (Deja vu all over again, eh?) It’ll be good for Microsoft, for Google, and most of all for us.

    I think Edgemium’s greatest foe is its pedigree. In my experience, people just don’t want Microsoft products unless they have to use them. But then again, Google’s had plenty of dirty laundry recently.

    Let the best browser win.

    *Good explainer by Gregg Keizer in Computerworld.