Microsoft is building a Chromium web browser to replace Edge on Windows 10

From Windows Central:

Microsoft’s Edge web browser has seen little success since its debut on Windows 10 in 2015…

I’m told that Microsoft is throwing in the towel with EdgeHTML and is instead building a new web browser powered by Chromium, which uses a similar rendering engine first popularized by Google’s Chrome browser known as Blink. Codenamed “Anaheim,” this new browser for Windows 10 will replace Edge as the default browser on the platform, according to my sources, who wish to remain anonymous…

Using Chromium means websites should behave just like they do on Google Chrome in Microsoft’s new Anaheim browser, meaning users shouldn’t suffer from the same instability and performance issues found in Edge today.

If this is true, like most things Microsoft does now it’s too little, too late. The people who care about their browsing already use alternative browsers (and tell their family members to do the same). At most it will alleviate some enterprise developer suffering, as they now have a management-friendly argument to ditch IE support in favor of Anaheim.

I really don’t understand why MS even bothers with browsers anymore. Why not just strike deals with Google, Firefox, and Apple to pre-install their browsers for cash? Does the Edge feature-set (which I assume will be ported to Anaheim) offer more than these browsers and their relatively mature extension communities? I doubt it.

Time will tell.