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It is no secret how miserably Microsoft’s 3-year-old Edge web browser has failed to compete against Google Chrome despite substantial investment and continuous improvements.

According to the latest round of tech rumours, Microsoft has given up on Edge and reportedly building a new Chromium-based web browser, dubbed project codename “Anaheim” internally, that will replace Edge on Windows 10 operating system as its new default browser, a journalist at WindowsCentral learned.

Though there is no mention of Project Anaheim on the Microsoft website as of now (except Anaheim Convention Centre at California), many speculate that the new built-in browser could appear in the 19H1 development cycle of Microsoft’s Insider Preview program.

According to the report, the new browser will be powered by Blink rendering engine used by Chromium, one that also powers Google’s Chrome browser, instead of Microsoft’s own EdgeHTML engine.

Chromium is an open-source Web browser project started by Google that is popular among web browser developers and also powers Vivaldi and Opera browsers.

“It’s unknown at this time if Anaheim will use the Edge brand or a new brand, or if the user interface between Edge and Anaheim is different. One thing is for sure, however; EdgeHTML is dead,” the report said.

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