Rachel Andrew on Edge moving to Chromium
I woke up, to the [rumours] that were later confirmed that Microsoft were dropping their rendering engine EdgeHTML in favour of using Chromium. And I feared that we were heading right back to the days where one browser had over 95% market share. Where one browser could quite literally dictate the direction of the web.
Many of the things I have talked about […] were implemented by the Microsoft team. No, not in a perfect finished way, but enough for us to be able to experiment. Enough for us to try them out. Grid Layout was first implemented by the Microsoft Team in IE10. No, it [wasn’t] perfect, essentially a prototype for what was to come, but it enabled people to experiment.
Fewer browsers mean fewer experiments. Mean fewer places where things can start to evolve.
And I am not having a dig at Google here, again, there are some great people doing great things there, and the company is being a company doing what companies do - growing, succeeding. This isn’t a fight between good and evil. It’s a fight against a monoculture turning the web platform into the product of a single company. Whoever that company might be this time.