Last week, there were rumors that Microsoft could switch to Chromium – the rendering of the iPhone that Google uses for the Chrome browser. Microsoft later confirmed that this is true and plans to move to Chromium.
Currently, it seems like this is a good idea because the move would enable improved search experience. In addition, switching to Chromium could encourage more users to start using the Microsoft Edge browser, which is currently not as widespread as Microsoft hopes. However, even if the transition to Chromium could bring advantages to Microsoft, not all of this enthusiasm is shared. Among them is Chris Beard, CEO of Mozilla.
In a post on Mozilla, Beard practically criticized Microsoft’s decision to move from EdgeHTML to Chromium. He acknowledges that this would be a good move in business terms, but also believes that moving to Chromium means the rejection of the freedom of choice that the Internet has ever offered to us.
According to Beard: “From a social and personal perspective, the control of a fundamental online infrastructure by one company is a very bad thing, which is why Mozilla exists. We compete with Google not because we see a good business opportunity in that. With Google, we compete for maintaining the health of the Internet and online life based on competition and choice. These attributes depend on whether users can decide whether they want something better and take action in that direction. “