At the end of last Year, Microsoft announced that future versions of the Edge web browser will be based on Chromium, the same framework that’s powered Google Chrome from the beginning. This means that the new Edge will immediately benefit from all of Google’s work to ensure that Chrome embraces accessibility standards, and the work that we’ve done in collaboration with them to ensure that browsing with our products is extremely accurate and fast.
Although Microsoft hasn’t yet announced exactly when Edge based on Chromium will become the default in Windows 10, they’ve publicly indicated that the transition will be happening incrementally over the next year or so. During that time we’ll continue to support the existing version of Edge in our products, but will only be fixing serious regressions while we focus on Edge of the future.
We held off on this blog post until we were able to try the first Edge Preview. Out of the box, it works extremely well with the April updates of JAWS, ZoomText, and Fusion. We’re not suggesting that all of you rush out and download this early access version, but now that we’ve seen it, we’re quite bullish on the accessibility of Edge moving forward. Microsoft’s contributions to the Chromium open source project will definitely benefit the web community at large.