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Microsoft’s Chromium-Based Edge Browser Looks Just Like Chrome

Last December, Microsoft announced that it has embraced Google’s Chromium open source project for Edge development on the desktop, a move that shocked many. We now have some leaked screenshots of the browser in its current state, and they appear to show a browser resembling Google Chrome. Neowin reports: A lot of the design language and icons have remained similar to what they were like before, but there are definitely many changes that will be familiar to Chrome users. For one, the options to see all your tabs and to set aside the currently open tabs have been removed compared to the current version of Edge. To the right of the address bar, you’ll be able to find your extensions, as well as your profile picture similar to what Chrome looks like. Bing is integrated into the browser — as you’d expect of a Microsoft-made browser — and the New Tab background can be set to rotate based on Bing’s image of the day. Scrolling down will reveal a personalized news feed powered by Microsoft News, similar to the old Edge. The layout of the feed can be customised based on your preference from among a number of options.

The settings options for the browser have also changed. While Edge settings are currently available via a slide-out menu from the right, the new Edge’s settings are accessible through a new tab similar to Chrome. It’ll show the Microsoft account you’re logged into, as well as the usual array of toggles and tidbits you’d expect. Ominously, the about page for the browser now acknowledges the contributions of the Chromium project, as well as other open source software, a stark reminder that this isn’t the Microsoft of yesteryear. This is a new browser, and a new Microsoft.


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