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The Chromium Browser Wars

Nick Taylor (he/him)
Lead software engineer at Forem. Caught the live coding bug on Twitch at
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I’ve purposely left out FireFox here because this is not about Firefox. It’s about Chromium based browsers. No knock on FireFox. It’s great as well.

What I’m wondering is if you are a Google Chrome convert, will you stay a Chromer? Don’t even know if that’s a real thing. 😆 I think it was in 2009 when Chrome came out and I was on Mozilla/FireFox (shout out to Firebug). As a user, I gave Chrome a try and never looked back. It was my go to browser until Brave (Chromium version, not the Electron one) came around. It’s what I currently use in my day to day.

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I’m on a Mac and today it was announced that there is a Canary channel available for MacOS. So of course I thought I’d take it for a spin.

Out of the box, I’m happy that they already have extensions.

Edge Canary with extensions

I was able to load up an extension I’ve been working on.

They also appear to have some web page monitoring.

It’s early days, but once they have official releases, it begs the question, will users care? What added value will each of the Chromium based browsers offer over the other to win users over?

I think Microsoft is making a smart move by making it available on MacOS and there is also talk of a Linux version as well.

What are your thoughts on another Chromium browser contender? Feel free to leave comments here or in this Tweet thread.

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Side note: I was going through the settings and I noticed this:

check the list of builtin search engines... 😱🎉

The put DEV builtin!!

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Nick Taylor (he/him) Author


rhymes profile image

Apparently it has something to do with me having it configured elsewhere. I honestly have no idea if different installations of Chrome share the search engines configuration.

Do you have DEV in the list?

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Nick Taylor (he/him) Author

On my work computer at the moment, but will check later tonight. 😎