MICROSOFT HAS CONFIRMED that the Edge browser that will accompany Windows 10 as a successor to Internet Explorer will be exclusive and not made available to other platforms.
Consumer product MVP at Microsoft, Michael Gillett, sent a tweet saying:
"Right now we're building Microsoft Edge for Windows 10, we'll see in the future if it makes sense for other platforms" #BuildTour— Michael Gillett (@MichaelGillett) May 18, 2015
The company has now confirmed to TechCrunch that there is no development currently being undertaken for taking Microsoft Edge outside the Windows 10 environment.
It seems that Microsoft Edge is designed specifically to give Windows 10 the edge, so to speak, despite the rise of third-party browsers like Firefox and Chrome, and Microsoft's continuing overtures towards cross-platform software.
Old school techies may well say 'Well, doh' to that one because, after all, its predecessor, Internet Explorer, never left Windows. But this is a new Microsoft, the kind that allows Android apps to work on its operating system and open sources a lot of its code.
So while it wouldn't have been a given, the decision has given us a clear indication that Microsoft is not above keeping some of the cherries on the cake for itself. And why not?
At this stage at least, we can consider Edge as being an integral part of Windows 10. It is, literally and figuratively, its 'killer edge' (if you don't count all that mad scientist stuff with Tommy Wiseau and the Minecraft helmet).
And even though the environment has changed, there is still a place for proprietary treats in Redmond.
Edge, which is now available to Windows 10 Insider Programme users, has a completely new rendering engine and a crop of social features designed for the new single Windows (all nine versions of it).
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