Windows Lite is Microsoft’s long-awaited answer to Chrome OS


That new browser is said to now carry the codename Anaheim, and will replace Edge as the default browser for Windows 10.

Windows Central says Edge on iOS and Android already uses rendering engines native to the platforms, "so not much will be changing on that front". It is a fact that Windows 10 is now used by over 400 million users globally but lately, its updates have been causing users a great deal of trouble and especially with Microsoft's October 2018 update for Windows 10 version 1809. Google's operating system is still the most popular in the world and increasingly, Web developers have relied on Chrome for rendering engines and other technologies that optimize their websites. When Microsoft's Sean Lyndersay, the Principal Program Mananger Lead for Edge, announced the Android and iOS browsers a year ago, he said the company is committed to EdgeHTML, despite its replacing it with Blink and WebKit on Android and iOS. It's been a long time since we've seen a browser created by Microsoft hold any significant market share, but that could well be set to change in the future. They have been trying to get Chrome add-ins to work on Edge with little success, so this would certainly resolve that, unless they intend to focus on making Windows Store apps work with Chrome. Edge's current engine, EdgeHTML, is perfectly functional and a far sight better than Internet Explorer ever was.

Microsoft is finally getting ready to throw in the towel and admit that it can't make web browsers, with Edge apparently getting ready to be replaced by a new browser built on Google's Chromium. However, EdgeHTML has struggled to keep up with the WebKit-based Blink engine used in Google Chrome and its Chromium subsidiaries.

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What will this mean for you?

Now, Petri reports that Microsoft is working on yet another lightweight iteration of Windows, similar to Windows 10 S and RT; both of which are stripped-down versions of the full-fat desktop Windows 10 experience. That's good news for anyone out there who wants to browse the web with the power of Chrome but doesn't want to actually use Chrome to do it.

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