Is the new Microsoft Edge browser a copy of Google Chrome?

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Austin Dcruz asked 22-Feb-2022 in troubleshooting by Austin Dcruz

Is the new Microsoft Edge browser a copy of Google Chrome?


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Hitesh Vohra answered 23-Feb-2022 by Hitesh Vohra
The new Microsoft Edge is built on the open-source Chromium project. Because Google Chrome is built on Chromium, the new Edge looks and feels much like Chrome. It contains Chrome-like features, supports Chrome browser extensions, and uses the same rendering engine as Chrome.
  • While Edge and Chrome are becoming increasingly identical under the hood, they remain distinct. Edge removes Google's services and substitutes them with Microsoft's in many circumstances. For example, instead of using a Google account, Edge syncs your browser data with your Microsoft account.
  • Chrome lacks some functionality that the new Edge provides. Edge, for example, includes a tracking prevention tool as well as a PUP (potentially unwanted program) blocker. On Edge's browser toolbar, to the right of the address bar, there's a favorites button, which matches the old UI.
  • Other capabilities from the old Edge are being ported over as well, like 'collections,' which allow you to save fragments of web pages in one spot.
  • Despite the fact that Edge uses the same core code as Google Chrome, many Google websites will display popups urging you to switch to Chrome.
  • When you visit Google News with Microsoft Edge, for example, you'll see a notice that says 'try a fast, secure browser with updates' and encourages you to 'try a fast, secure browser with updates.'


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