Microsoft’s New Edge Browser Will Run Chrome And Firefox Extensions
Update: We want to make it clear that this was misreported on. The Edge browser will be able to have Chrome and Firefox extensions easily ported to it. They will not be compatible right off the bat. Apologies for the confusion.
Microsoft’s Internet Explorer has been the butt of jokes for a long time now and in Windows 10, the company is finally replacing it. Microsoft Edge is the new browser within Windows 10 and along with a lot of great features, the browser has something that we didn’t expect, the ability to run Chrome and Firefox extensions.
According to The Verge, Edge will have support for extensions that can also be used on Chrome and Firefox. This is a huge plus for the browser as both Chrome and Firefox have built up huge ecosystems with many useful extensions.
Microsoft’s own Joe Belfiore just unveiled the company’s successor to Internet Explorer, Microsoft Edge, and he showed how the browser is another extension of Redmond’s cross-platform ambitions. Similar to how Windows 10 supports code from Android and iOS, Edge supports browser extensions from Chrome and Firefox.
At the moment we have no idea how exactly this will work, but regardless it should be very exciting! It’s likely that developers will have to slightly tweak their extensions to work with Edge and the functionality probably will not be available until the browser is fully launched alongside Windows 10 this summer.