To deepen its commitment to open source projects in addition to making their own Edge compatible with more websites and platforms like macOS, Microsoft is rebuilding its browser based on the Chromium Project.
Microsoft Windows Corporate VP Joe Belfiore announced Thursday that the Edge browser is going to be getting a massive, albeit gradual, overhaul.
By rebuilding the platform on open-source Chromium, a browser project that supplies the source code for Google Chrome, Edge will soon have improved compatibility with all websites along with additional platforms and their respective hardware, as well as an easier time adopting new browser technologies.
“Microsoft Edge will now be delivered and updated for all supported versions of Windows and on a more frequent cadence. We also expect this work to enable us to bring Microsoft Edge to other platforms like macOS,” said Microsoft.
However, it’s unclear if the preview will initially be limited to Windows or extend to the Mac simultaneously.
Edge succeeded Internet Explorer as Microsoft’s default web browser on Windows in 2015, with a mobile version later released for iOS and Android. It will be Microsoft’s first web browser on Mac since Internet Explorer for Mac received its last feature update over 15 years ago, in June 2003.
Internet Explorer was the default web browser on Mac between 1998 and 2003, when Apple released Safari on Mac OS X Panther.