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  • The Credge is coming! The Credge is coming!

    Posted on December 17th, 2019 at 07:24 woody Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    (Thx, Peppy Grill, Indianapolis, via Steve Baker)

    In case you haven’t heard, Microsoft’s going to start rolling out its new, Chromium-based version of the Edge browser on January 15. Mary Jo Foley has details on ZDNet. Yes, that means if you’re running Windows 7 on the day after it died, it’ll get Credge, too.

    Credge is coming down the chimney — delivered via Windows Update. It’s not yet clear exactly how the update will roll out, but we’ll no doubt hear more soon.

    There are lots of reasons to like Credge, but the feature I like most is its disentanglement from Windows. If you recall, Internet Explorer was (and still is, to some small extent) bound to Windows at the wrists and ankles. Edge started out as a fresh new take on the browser, but soon got ensnarled in the Windows muck — the only way to update Edge was to update Windows. I’m convinced that the folks who designed Edge didn’t realize how much they’d have to depend on new/altered hooks in Windows, in order to make the browser work.

    Credge starts out fresh. It’s an app, in many respects just like any other app. In theory, MS will be able to update Credge without updating Windows. And that’s good for everybody.

    Will I use Credge as soon as it’s out? You gotta be kidding. I’ll stick with Brave and Firefox and Chrome. Give it a year to stew, and let’s see how it turns out.

    P.S. Yes, I know you can proactively block Credge from installing on your machine, thus clobbering Edge Classic. But why would anyone want to? Really?