I kind of see it in other way.
In my opinion, Microsoft will play the nice guy with developers with good marketing about the open source movement it's doing. Steady and slowly if google/chrome devs start puting some blockers to the Microsoft's open source nice guy, this is where Microsoft will play the victim saying that google/chrome devs are trying to block the Microsoft's effort for an open and embracing web.
--- from here on is just speculation for the funz of course ---
Since it's been long rumored (not official/confirmed of course) that google products like youtube purposedly broke other browsers like firefox and edge,
now that you can't break the competition since it's using the same tools as you do, what's the way to fight them?
I think this chromium based edge, will actually give Microsoft more power on the web
I really can't comment of what MS might or might not do in the future.
The gist of my "preoccupation" is related to the shrinking of the browser's engine landscape. MS is definitely going to make Chromium better, see for example:
We've already made several hundred commits to Chromium and have lots more planned, and we're super excited to be working with standards bodies and the Chromium community to make the web better for everyone.Check out this post for a ton of great detail on how that will work: twitter.com/MSEdgeDev/stat…
16:23 PM - 08 Apr 2019
Microsoft Edge Dev @MSEdgeDevWe launched our first two preview build channels this morning - Dev and Canary. Check out our blog post to learn more about how the preview channels work, how we're working in the Chromium open source project, and what's next: https://t.co/dGFCne9Ey5 https://t.co/Ds3lOeDvwa
I'm happy for that. I still think it would have been great if they had chose Servo/Firefox helping to establish at least two great different browser engines that could evolve indipendently and help foster a more "varied" web.
Developers have already started building Chrome only websites, this is not going to be solved by having the two major desktop browsers share the same engine:
This is how it spreads. Google normalizes “web apps” that are really just Chrome apps. Then others follow. We’ve been here before, y’all. Remember IE? Browser hegemony is not a happy place. twitter.com/yaroslav/statu…
14:08 PM - 01 Apr 2019
Yaroslav Markin @yaroslavHere is @FrontApp reacting to Firefox bug report. What a joke. https://t.co/kHaSOaXRNV
Anyhow, the only thing I can do is keep Firefox as my default browser, which I'm liking very much to be honest :)
I'm sure there were tons of discussions and technical decisions that brought to that decision. I'm just talking about my personal wishes :-)
Oh yes I get your point though, I really hated this transition I really used edge as my daily driver (I still do on my machine) I just don't think it was merely a technical decision to choose chromium over servo
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