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December 07, 2018

 

While I am definitely sad that Microsoft has decided to exit the HTML rendering engine game, and even more sad that they picked Chromium, I can understand their business reasons. Likely the right move for them.

 

That said, here's my potentially controversial view on the state of web browsers: a rendering engine monoculture is less of a problem for users than the fact that web browser user experience has completely stagnated.

 

Someone needs to take a truly fresh approach to web browser UX. Separation of work/personal identities, "project" spaces with collections of windows/tabs, new models for organization beyond tabs (they scale terribly), privacy toggles, more!