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"Microsoft is officially giving up on an independent shared platform for the internet. By adopting Chromium, Microsoft hands over control of even more of online life to Google. [..] If you care about what’s happening with online life today, take another look at Firefox. It’s radically better than it was 18 months ago — Firefox once again holds its own when it comes to speed and performance. "

blog.mozilla.org/blog/2018/12/

@wezm From a business perspective, this is probably the best idea Microsoft has had in a long time. Their browsers have always been a joke, and now Windows will come with what I can only assume will be a halfway usable web browser. That alone portends a seismic shift in how people use and set up their computers since more than ever before the browser is the platform making it probably the most important software on a computer. Even more so than the OS.

@betazed yeah it’s probably a sensible business decision for a publicly traded company. Shame it’s not great for the wider internet :-/

@wezm I definitely feel you there. I would have rather seen them include a fork of Firefox or something of that nature. But, for better or worse, Chromium (and Chrome) own the Internet right now like IE did before them. I've partially weaned myself off of Chrome proper on the desktop but I'm using Vivaldi which still uses Chromium as a base.

@mjjzf I think so..? It used a browser engine that didn’t inherit significantly from any of the other main ones.

@mjjzf @wezm I think they mean that Microsoft is giving up on the idea of the web itself being an independent, shared platform instead of a Google-controlled monolith

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