Friday, December 7, 2018

Microsoft Edge's switch to Google's Chromium is bad news for privacy

Well it's official Microsoft announced that it seems it will swap out EdgeHTML for Chromium's Blink engine. 

One of the primary reasons is that "Microsoft Edge will now be delivered and updated for all supported versions of Windows and on a more frequent cadence.

This supports Microsoft Agile objectives but clearly this methodology has not done so well with Microsoft Updates. Microsoft had to pull October 2018 update after many issues plagued it. It's not about speed, it's about quality.

Seems Mozilla is not too happy either, as it erodes the competition and give another advantage to Google-plex. Also, developers might want to just develop to Chrome browser and stop support IE and Edge altogether now. And the the cards will fall, and Microsoft will stop supporting IE and Edge for internal corporate website, where IE still has authentication advantages and uses.

Another huge issue is privacy, Chromium built-in tracking features unavoidable leak private information to Google-plex. Not sure how Microsoft will shore up their privacy policy or prevent this entirely. 

Let's hope Microsoft does the right thing and prevent communication to Google servers entirely. 

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