Google now has access to data on 330 million more internet users: Microsoft's decision to use Chrome technology for its Edge app gives the search engine even more power, warns creators of rival Firefox browser
- Concerns about competition from web browsers have been expressed
- Mozilla believes that change could undermine the independence of the internet
- The Firefox browser has claimed that Microsoft will drop the Firefox technology
- They are worried that web developers will decide not to focus on optimizing websites for other browsers
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The iron grip of Google on the internet will be tightened by the release of Microsoft's next internet browser, warns rival company Mozilla.
The creator of Firefox has warned that Microsoft's decision to use Chromium search engine technology could undermine the independence of the online world.
The open source software from Google will be used for an updated version of Microsoft's Edge browser, which has 330 million active users worldwide.
Critics have warned that this will create a virtual monopoly and make it more difficult for other web browsers like Firefox to compete.
It also raises concerns about Google's privacy – which in the past has had scandals about data – will deal with the additional information to which it may have access.
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Mozilla, whose Firefox offering is among the top three web browsers in the world, claims that Microsoft is dropping their technology for the benefit of Google. The company says that this gives Google even more power and dominance and prevents fair competition (file photo)
WHO IS THE BROWSER WAR WIN?
According to the latest figures, only 4% of users currently use Edge, while Google's Chrome is the runaway leader with over 72% of the market
Chrome – 72.38%
Firefox – 9.1%
I.E – 5.38%
Safari – 5.06%
Edge – 4%
Mozilla, whose Firefox is one of the world's top three web browsers, believes that the change could provide even more power and dominance to Google.
& # 39; Microsoft's decision gives Google more opportunities to decide on its own which capabilities are available to each of us & # 39 ;, said a spokesman for the company.
& # 39; Google's dominance in search, advertising, smartphones and data recording creates a huge tilted playing field that works against the rest of us. & # 39;
Microsoft launched Edge in July 2015 as the default browser for Windows 10 and as a replacement for its outdated Internet Explorer.
The browser had trouble getting a grip, but acquired a relatively small number of users compared to the billion reported by Chrome.
The new step means that Microsoft will abandon its own infrastructure that drives its Edge web browser.
MailOnline contacted Microsoft for comments but still had to receive an answer at the time of publication.
The code for Google Chromium, the platform behind the popular Chrome browser, will be used to make the Microsoft browser more stable and compatible with various operating systems – including Apple's Mac OS – the company hopes in Seattle.
Microsoft is committed to attracting new users on Windows 7, Windows 8 and Mac with a wider rollout of Edge, as well as providing a more stable platform for accessing web pages, because web developers have one less model to connect to their websites. to fit.
Mozilla is concerned that this could mean that web developers will decide not to focus on optimizing websites for other web browsers, such as his own.
& Will the Microsoft decision make it harder for Firefox to flourish? It could be, & # 39; Mozilla continued.
& # 39; If a product like Chromium has sufficient market share, it will be easier for web developers and businesses to decide not to worry if their services and sites work with something other than Chromium. & # 39;
Although Edge users will not notice visual differences on the surface, the preview versions of the new software can be tested in early 2019.
Concerns about the competition from web browsers have been expressed, after Microsoft has announced that the Edge app will use Chromium earlier this month. Mozilla is worried that web developers will decide not to focus on optimizing websites for other browsers
Microsoft yesterday announced its decision to use Google's software.
The new browser app, also called Edge, uses the same open-source Chromium & # 39; code as Google's Chrome browser and its ChromeOS netbook software.
Today we announce that we intend to use the Chromium open source project in the development of Microsoft Edge on the desktop to create better web compatibility for our customers and less fragmentation of the web for all web developers & # 39 , according to Microsoft in a statement. at the time.
Codename & # 39; Anaheim & # 39 ;, this new browser for Windows 10 will replace Edge as the default browser on the platform.
A preview version will be available early this year, according to Microsoft.
& # 39; In the coming year we will implement a technological change that & # 39; under the bonnet & # 39; for Microsoft Edge happens, gradually, and be developed outdoors, so that those of you who are interested, can follow along. & # 39;
A BRIEF HISTORY OF BROWSERS
Good-bye trusted friend: Microsoft has confirmed that it will drop the brand of Internet Explorer (logo pictured) and instead use a new name for the next browser, which currently has the Project Spartan code
Internet Explorer, which was called Windows Internet Explorer for the first time, was released for the first time as part of the add-on package Plus! for Windows 95 in 1995.
Internet Explorer was one of the most used web browsers and reached a peak of about 95 percent in 2002 and 2003.
However, it struggled with competition and in May 2012 it was announced that Chrome from Google outdid Internet Explorer as the most widely used browser worldwide.
The brand has struggled to shake off the bad reputation of Internet Explorer 6, which was notoriously unsafe.
Internet Explorer, which was called Windows Internet Explorer for the first time, was released for the first time as part of the add-on package Plus! for Windows 95 in 1995, but since then it has gained a dull reputation. A stock image showing the software package in 1998 is shown