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It has been nearly two years since Microsoft announced that they would be giving up on the development of their EdgeHTML rendering engine and adopting Google’s open-source Chromium rendering engine.
Unlike other companies however Microsoft has not only swapped their engine to that of Google’s, but have also become enthusiastic contributors to the project.
A few days ago Microsoft PM Eric Lawrence post a slide listing Microsoft’s contributions to the project.
Chromium: Better together ? pic.twitter.com/uJVUIDm9q1
— Eric Lawrence ? (@ericlaw) November 18, 2020
The slide says Microsoft has made at least 1835 changelists (one self-contained change that has been submitted to version control or which is undergoing code review) to the project from 161 Microsoft developers and contributed to the following components:
- Battery-life improvements
- HTML form controls
- Media Playback
- Canvas rendering performance
- Windows font rendering
- Editing & Virtual Keyboard
- HTML, JSON & CSS modules
- Privacy – StorageAccess API
- Enterprise, release quality and security improvements
Given the size of the contribution, it won’t take too much more to move Chromium from Google’s project to Google and Microsoft’s project.
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