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Microsoft is giving its Edge browser a new icon, not just a new brain

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Microsoft Edge throws away its old icon for a new horizontal wave look that may make you think about surfing the web while still reminding you of the old lowercase logo "E" dating from Internet Explorer.

Illustration by Stephen Shankland / CNET

Microsoft's updated web browser Edge gets a new icon along with its new engine. A series of Microsoft Edge teams teases before Microsoft's Ignite conference next week unveiled a new icon for those who can understand the mysteries (or read comments on Reddit). The new icon is a hybrid of the old lowercase "e" icon, dating back to the old years of Microsoft Explorer and a breaking wave that may have something to do with surfing the web.

Microsoft is in the midst of rebuilding its Edge browser as a variation of Google's open Chromium project. Chromium Edge-based is now a beta test.

Two decades ago, Microsoft's Internet Explorer suffered from Netscape's browser to win the first browser wars, but Microsoft let the browser disappear after its victory. Mozilla's Firefox, Opera's Opera, and Apple's Safari chipped in IE dominance and sowed the seeds of a revitalizing, independent network. Chromium has been vaulting all of them since arriving in 2008, and Microsoft has tried but failed to regain its influence since then.

Microsoft dropped its old IE into the new Edge, but even the upgraded approach didn't help. So now Microsoft is dropping the browser engine that used to build its old Edge and swapping to Chromium. This is also used by several other browsers, including Samsung Internet, Vivaldi Technologies & # 39; Vivaldi and Brave Software & # 39; s Brave. The new Chromium-based Edge is also available outside of Windows, including Android and MacOS.

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