Google's browser, Chrome is the most dominant, and currently used the same way Microsoft's Internet Explorer (IE 6) was back in the days, when developers primarily optimized for it, leaving out the rivals for later tweaking.
But will Google be able to maintain its dominance this year, with Microsoft having set a January 15, 2020 release date for the Chromium Edge browser, and the stable version of the browser coming as part of Windows 10 update?
Microsoft's adoption of Blink rendering engine forked from WebKit, which is also used by Google Chrome and Opera browser, is perhaps the company's biggest move to improve its browser's performance and perhaps, also gain better market share and position as well.
What are Microsoft's Edge Chances of Gaining Market Share?
Microsoft pitched the Chromium-based Edge to business users as a preferred alternative with regards to security and privacy, but whether IT admins will respond to the advances from Microsoft remains to be seen.
While the company has maintained IE on life-support, to cater for those organizations that may still need it to run some specific web apps or intranet sites, which are not worth a refresh, IE's share will most likely suffer as the new Edge's share rises. Albeit, the new Edge browser includes the much anticipated IE mode, which makes the stand-alone Internet Explorer worthless for most businesses that have resorted to it for access to legacy websites.
The result is that IE will be an afterthought browser run by less than 5% of Windows users, however, there won't be an accelerated IE decline, as Edge browser will need some time to become stable enough to drive the future forecasts of the enterprises.
How to Update to Chromium Edge browser
Microsoft has scheduled Windows 10 updates as functionally mandatory, except of course, for those users in a managed enterprise network, as all Windows PC will automatically download the update and perhaps start pestering users to complete the installation by restarting their PC.
So, the update to Chromium Edge browser will be automatic, and there won’t be any problem for most users, even if you've never used the old Edge, and don’t want to use the new Edge, Microsoft will respect your choice. But it will bundle the program onto your PC all the same, though it offers a tool, Blocker Toolkit to help stop Edge from installing on computer with the Windows 10 update.
The Blocker Toolkit is to help users to retain the original Edge browser (bundled with Windows 10 since its debut) for some time, and just like such other kits, it's easily executable to run locally, including a template that IT admins can use to block the original-Edge through Group Policy settings.