It’s only been a week or so since Microsoft released the first builds of its new Chromium-powered update to the Edge browser. And on the tail of the Microsoft Build and Google I/O developer events, both companies have updated the “canary” releases of their browsers. Interestingly, although Microsoft has adopted Google’s Chromium rendering engine, Google has now imitated Microsoft with some elements of the next release of Chrome.
The latest Canary build of Chrome (which you can download from here) features a redesigned Settings page.
Here’s the current release for Chrome’s Settings page.
Here’s the Edge Canary release settings page
As you can see, the “hamburger” menu on the left has been replaced with an easier-to-access list of settings options that removes a click of two from things.
What’s interesting is that the new Chromium-based Microsoft Edge showed off this new setting arrangement before Google had it.
While Microsoft retains the three horizontal dots to access the browser menu, Google keeps the vertical arrangement in Chrome with the options in the new version of Edge something of an amalgam of what we see in the current release of Edge and what we see in Chrome
While the Canary builds are relatively early versions of the software, there seems to be a meeting of the minds between Google and Microsoft. Or, at least, the two development teams have similar views as to what works well for users.
Perhaps by the time the Chromium-based Edge is released, there will be almost no difference between the two and Edge can become a browser people want to use, rather than the browser most used to download Chrome.