By Mark Prigg For Dailymail.com
Published: 20:58 GMT, 6 December 2018 | Updated: 21:16 GMT, 6 December 2018
Microsoft is to abandon its existing Edge web browser and develop a new version based on the same underlying technology as Google's Chrome.
The Edge browser, which was supposed to replace Internet Explorer and was hailed as being far faster, has struggled to attract users - despite being free in every copy of Windows 10.
Now, it is being killed off in favour of a new browser that uses the same open source 'Chromium' code as Google's Chrome browser and its ChromeOS software for netbooks.
The new app, which will also be called Edge, will also allow Microsoft to make a browser for Apple's MacOS.
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Microsoft is set to abandon its Edge web browser and develop a new 'Anaheim' browser based on the same underlying technology as Google's Chrome, it has been claimed.
According to the latest figures, currently just 4% of users run Edge, while Google's Chrome is the runaway leader with over 72% of the market
Chrome - 72.38%
Firefox - 9.1%
IE - 5.38%
Safari - 5.06%
Edge - 4%
'Today we're announcing that we intend to adopt the Chromium open source project in the development of Microsoft Edge on the desktop to create better web compatibility for our customers and less fragmentation of the web for all web developers,' Microsoft said.
Codenamed 'Anaheim,' this new browser for Windows 10 will replace Edge as the default browser on the platform.
A preview version will be available early next year, Microsoft said.
'Over the next year or so, we'll be making a technology change that happens 'under the hood' for Microsoft Edge, gradually over time, and developed in