Google and Microsoft are known to be avid competitors in many markets. They often troll each other and make all sorts of tricks.
And all the more surprising is the news that the development teams of these two companies have decided to unite efforts to port Chrome browser for Windows 10 on ARM.
Our colleagues from 9to5Google found the corresponding fixes in the repositories of the Chromium project, introduced by the Microsoft developers.
Note that a month earlier, the development of the Google Chrome port for Windows 10 on ARM was confirmed by the head of Qualcomm.
Obviously, all three companies – Google, Microsoft and Qualcomm – are strongly interested in the release of the Chrome version for Windows on ARM.
Needless to say, the presence of the most popular browser will make laptops with Windows 10 and ARM processors much more attractive in the eyes of potential buyers.
For Google, this is a great opportunity to strengthen its leadership in the browser market, given that there is no threat to Chromebooks of Always Connected PC models (at least for now).
It is important to note here another important nuance related to the policies of the Windows Store. Recall that Microsoft requires competing browsers to use the Edge rendering engine.
Actually, this was one of the reasons why Microsoft at the end of last year removed the Chrome browser from the Windows Store.
Thus, Microsoft will have to sacrifice principles and soften the policy. Otherwise, the Chrome browser for Windows on ARM will not get to the Windows Store.
The collaboration between Google and Microsoft may also eventually lead to an increase in performance of applications like Slack and Visual Studio Code on Windows 10 for ARM processors, which partially use the developments of Chromium.
When exactly the finished version of the Chrome browser for Windows 10 will be available on laptops with ARM processors, while there is no data.
Here you can also recall the work of Google and Microsoft on the Campfire module to ensure dual boot on chromebooks.
Given such a close cooperation, we can safely assume that the days of Scroogled and the direct confrontation of these two companies are numbered.
Recall that last week we wrote that Microsoft finally gave developers the opportunity to create 64-bit software for Windows on ARM.