Microsoft Edge to Get Chrome Extensions; Porting Tool Being Developed
If you love Google Chrome and are one of those users who might not want to jump ship and start using Microsoft Edge Browser, Microsoft is still going to try and make you use it and this time, they might just make you.
It has been revealed that the software engineers working on the new browser are also developing a new porting tool that will allow the Google Chrome extensions to be ported to Microsoft’s new browser.
We all love the handiness that the Chrome extensions bring to the table and so this sounds like a good idea.
Jacob Rossi, one of the software developers working on Microsoft Edge browser confirmed the plans on his official Twitter profile:
Lots of questions on this: yes we’re working on a porting tool to run Chrome extensions in Edge. Not yet finished and not all APIs supported. [Extensions] in Store will at first be a carefully selected set covering top scenarios and API coverage, opening up to more in future.
However, he clarified that devtools type APIs are not included because right now they are focused on “consumer scenarios.” He did add that they will be looking towards the approach of W3C towards this in the future.
Since a large chunk of internet usage is on mobile now, people were asking if the extensions will also be brought to the mobile version of Microsoft Edge browser, however, currently Microsoft is not doing that. It is not out of the question, but extensions on the mobile version is not on the agenda right now.
Does this pique your interest in their new browser?