Microsoft said late last year it planned to swap out its own rendering engine used in Edge and swap in one based on Chromium, the open-source foundation used in Google's Chrome browser was well as in Brave, Opera and other popular browsers.

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If you've been waiting to see what Microsoft is up to with Edge, you can now download an early preview build of Edge for Windows 10. Microsoft notes that much of its work so far has been on the underpinnings of its revamped browser. More visible changes, as well as broader support for extensions and the ability to manage your sign-in profile, will come over time, the company said.

The swap to Chromium, Microsoft said, will let Edge do a better job of conforming to web standards. The swap also means that one fewer major browser is making a go of it outside of Google's open-source project: Mozilla's Firefox and Apple's Safari each uses its own home-grown browser engine.

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Clifford is an Associate Managing Editor for CNET's Download.com. He spent a handful of years at Peachpit Press, editing books on everything from the first iPhone to Python. He also worked at a handful of now-dead computer magazines, including MacWEEK and MacUser. Unrelated, he roots for the Oakland A's.