Microsoft’s Chromium-based Edge follow-up has leaked, and The Verge took a look at it.
For an early version of Edge built on Chromium, Microsoft’s new browser feels very polished. It’s also very fast to launch and browse around with. If Microsoft can keep up this good work and keep Edge optimized in the future, I can’t see a reason to need to use Chrome on Windows anymore. I would never have recommended Edge before as it was often slow, clunky, and didn’t always work with websites properly. This new Edge feels entirely different, thanks to its Chromium backend.
That’s odd, since one of the main reasons I used Edge for a long time was just how fast it was compared to Chrome. I’m not so sure I like the idea of Edge with Google’s Blink.
now you can choose the icon to launch blink.
I also found Edge a significant improvement over Chrome and Firefox in my commercial uses, it took some time for Edge to come good but once it matured it worked very well within our constraints. But because we are not invested in one platform we have always encouraged diversity, we do not want a browser mono-culture and this has been favorable to us on several occasions particularly when bugs appear in one browser or another.
We used the individual preferences of people as a tool to encourage the use of a range of platforms, and we have always discouraged developments that preferentially favor one platform or the other. I find it ironic that many who promoted Linux over Windows for reasons of diversity and security, now want to push everyone to Chrome!