In December, we announced our intention to adopt the Chromium open source project in the development of Microsoft Edge on the desktop. Our goal is to work with the larger Chromium open source community to create better web compatibility for our customers and less fragmentation of the web for all web developers.
Today we’re embarking on the next step in this journey – our first Canary and Developer builds are ready for download on Windows 10 PCs. Canary builds are preview builds that will be updated daily, while Developer builds are preview builds that will be updated weekly. Beta builds will come online in the future. Support for Mac and all supported versions of Windows will also come over time.
At this point, the builds really do feel like Chrome with some UI modifications, so I don’t see any reason other than curiosity and developer prep to use these builds. Still, I’m keeping it installed to keep up with the progress, but at the same time, I’m surprised it doesn’t seem to update through the Microsoft Store, instead opting for its own update mechanism.
These are the kinds of tiny details they ought to sweat, because the one advantage these application stores do have is centralised updating (like Linux systemshave had for ages).
Central updating is not the “one” advantage. Another would be a central, and single DRM platform, built in at the system level, which obviates the needs for dozens of buggy, insecure, unstable third party root-kit based DRM systems, if opened up properly. We saw a similar cleanup of the PC games industry once many vendors started to standardize on just whatever is in Steam. Over time, games have even been re-released with a primary difference being the removal of the old DRM nonsense.
Now imagine if all Steam did was leverage the DRM built in to the Microsoft store. Imagine further if Microsoft removed the ability to even install or implement DRM systems in Windows completely.
There is a way to engineer such a system. It’s too bad most of these platforms companies (Microsoft, Apple, Google, etc.) can’t seem to see the benefits of a slightly more open system (than current app store models) like this. It would really only be a half a step away from Apple’s current model, and having additional store fronts on the same foundation could go a long way to solving the race to the bottom problem software vendors love to stress. Imaging if Steam, Origin, the MS Store, Battle.net, etc. were all on the same DRM and commerce platform.
Ah, but we have too many competing concerns, and almost no cooperative spirit in the computer industry, so it’ll never happen.