Microsoft Needs Developers For New Chromium-Based Edge Modern Extensions

Microsoft’s new Edge web browser, based on the Google Chromium base, is about to become officially available for download and use to common Windows 10 users next month. Microsoft is now hopeful that several new developers will actively create powerful, innovative, and versatile extensions for Microsoft Edge. Hence, the company announced that all developers can now submit extensions for the web browser.

Although the new Microsoft Edge web browser, based on Google Chromium base, already has about 100 extensions, Microsoft is strongly hoping the number will rise exponentially. The company is eagerly anticipating widespread adoption of the new Chromium-based Edge browser when it officially launches for the general public next month. Incidentally, Microsoft is clearly moving away from the Microsoft Store for the new Edge browser. All the preexistent extensions, and the anticipated new ones, will be available on the Microsoft Edge Addons website.

Microsoft Edge Web Browser Needs New Extensions Quickly:

The new Chromium-based Edge web browser is fundamentally similar to Chromium. Hence it is no surprise that it is already compatible with extensions built for Chromium. However, the browser doesn’t work with EdgeHTML-based extensions. Microsoft has made it clear that it won’t be accepting legacy (EdgeHTML-based) extensions after tomorrow, December 17, 2019.

Microsoft is inviting developers to update their existing EdgeHTML extensions for Chromium. Once the extensions are cleared for deployment, Microsoft will publish them via the Partner Center Developer Dashboard. This should provide a smooth transition for consumers about to migrate to the new Chromium-based Edge, explained the company,

“We will migrate users’ extensions from the current version of Microsoft Edge when they update to the new Microsoft Edge (starting January 15th). Extensions will only be migrated for users if they are already available on the Microsoft Edge Addons store at the time of switching to the new browser.”

Microsoft Takes A New But Tested Approach To Deploy Extensions For Chromium-based Edge Browser:

The previous iteration of the Microsoft Edge browser, which the company earlier made specifically for the Windows 10 operating system, was quite isolated. The browser, available only on Windows 10 not only suffered from low active users, but it also didn’t have a significant number of browser extensions. On the other hand, Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox, the two most popular web browsers, had hundreds of actively used extensions. Moreover, the extensions for these browsers were actively supported as well.

Users of the old Microsoft Edge browser who insisted on downloading and using the few extensions had to head over to the Microsoft Store. Needless to add, the presence of extensions on a platform meant primarily for apps, wasn’t a reassuring technique. The two other web browsers had always deployed extensions through a web-based interface.

To ensure familiarity for developers as well as users, Microsoft too has deployed a web-based extensions store for the new Chromium-based Edge web browser. It will be interesting to see how well developers adopt the new methodology or platform for their apps. The Microsoft Edge Addons website is certainly based on a tried and proven methodology for extensions.

Incidentally, the new Edge browser has been getting positive reviews. In fact, Microsoft has incorporated several improvements and even attempted to improve the Google Chrome web browser, which is based on the same Chromium base. Users who wish to adopt the new Edge browser can still install Chromium extensions from other locations. However, it is strongly advised to exercise precaution when downloading extensions.

Alap Naik Desai
A B.Tech Plastics (UDCT) and a Windows enthusiast. Optimizing the OS, exploring software, searching and deploying solutions to strange and weird issues is Alap's main interest.