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Following the tradition, developers of Mozilla Firefox and Google Chrome have recently sent cakes to Microsoft after the launch of Chromium-based Edge browser for both Windows and Mac.





Sending anniversary cake is a long known tradition-- 14 years to be precise. The cake sent by Google had a message: “Welcome to Chromium!”, while Mozilla's cake read, “bing it on, Microsoft!”
Microsoft's Internet Explorer team started the cake-giving tradition back in 2006 when the developer team had sent a cake to Mozilla after the launch of Firefox 2 in 2006. The Internet Explorer team continued to send cakes to Mozilla and when Internet Explorer 10 was launched back in 2012, the Firefox developers sent a big cake to the Microsoft team as a return favour.

The new Microsoft Edge is based on Chromium and was released on January 15. It is compatible with all supported versions of Windows, and macOS. Downloading the browser will replace the legacy version of Microsoft Edge on Windows 10 PCs.



As far as the reason to launch the Chromium-based Edge browser, Microsoft said, “We adopted the Chromium open source project in the development of the new Microsoft Edge to create better web compatibility for our customers, and less fragmentation of the web for all web developers.”




Meanwhile, Google Chrome internet browser is the most popular internet browser globally, however, the German Federal Office for Information Security feels that you should not use Chrome if you are worried about privacy and security. The government agency of Germany had recently rated Mozilla Firefox as the most secure internet browser above Chrome, Edge and Internet Explorer. Having said that the agency did not compare it with Safari, Opera or other browsers.

The areas where Chrome, Edge and Internet Browsers failed is lack of support for a master password mechanism along with other issues like there is no built-in update system in Internet Explorer. In all the three browsers, there is no provision to block telemetry collection and lacks in organisational transparency.




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With Microsoft soon to force some Office365 customers' Google Chrome search engine to Bing, perhaps Microsoft should be scanning Google's cake for stuff that goes bing bang... :)

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