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Microsoft Working on Tool to Port Chrome Extensions to Edge 40

Earlier this week, Microsoft released a new Windows 10 build for Insiders that, among other things, brings support for extensions to Microsoft Edge. There aren't many extensions to play with currently, but a Microsoft engineer says the company is working on a tool to allow developers to bring their Chrome extensions to its store. "Lots of questions on this," tweeted Jacob Rossi. "Yes we're working on a porting tool to run Chrome extensions in Edge. Not yet finished and not all APIs supported."
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Microsoft Working on Tool to Port Chrome Extensions to Edge

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  • by Anonymous Coward

    That's easier to do than working on their own Extension system that nobody will use anyway.

  • by jones_supa ( 887896 ) on Saturday March 19, 2016 @11:34AM (#51731397)
    For Windows 10 users: if you want to get these test builds, go to Settings -> Update & security -> Windows Update -> Advanced options -> Get Insider Preview builds. I'm just putting this here as many might not be aware about this possibility.
    • I have it on good authority that no one on Slashdot runs Windows 10 or runs Windows Update. Incidentally that makes the Slashdot visitor IP logs a wishlist of computers vulnerable to zero day attacks. Except of course for those people running FreeBSD, they are safe. (No one runs Linux because of systemd)

    • Do you know if MS have any extension developer docs publicly available? I'd like to see how similar it is to Chrome extension development.
  • by WheezyJoe ( 1168567 ) <.fegg. .at.> on Saturday March 19, 2016 @12:09PM (#51731559)

    Microsoft seems to be trying to co-opt every other platform to fill the empty user space that is Windows 10-exclusive. They're supposedly rigging a way for iOS apps to run on Windows 10 (aka "Islandwood"), and they had a plan for Android apps (aka "Astoria") to run on the platform but recently dropped it in favor of Xamarin [].

    Astoria enabled Android apps written in Java to run on Windows, sometimes with no modifications at all. Xamarin allows developers to share a large proportion of their code between Android, iOS, Windows, and beyond, but it requires that all that code must use .NET, and typically C#.

    This seems a little desperate. In the short run, maybe more stuff makes its way into the Windows Store, and salesmen can say "Windows 10 does that!" for any reason you'd stick with another platform. But if the quickest way to develop for the broadest market is not to develop for Metro but instead target a different platform and port it later, wouldn't Metro (or Modern or Windows 10 mobile or Edge, whatever) always remain an afterthought, last to get ported and last to receive bug-fixes?

    Microsoft appears to admit that apart from Win32, Windows 10 is a Johnny-come-real-real-lately, but isn't interested in doing the work to develop any killer apps on its own.

    • They wouldn't know a killer app if it bit them in the backside. They want other people to write the killer apps, and then sell them through their app store (where MS gets a percentage).

    • Re: (Score:2, Insightful)

      by gstoddart ( 321705 )

      Microsoft seems to be trying to co-opt every other platform

      I'd say they're more trying to leverage other platforms to mask their own screw-ups ... because they can't seem to figure out what is successful or people actually want, so they're trying to get the things which work onto their own platform so people will stop saying "why would I need your crap?"

      I find it pretty sad that a company who has had so much market dominance for so many years, spends billions on research, finds themselves floundering around

  • Anyone else remember the cancelled project Astoria to port Android apps to Windows 10? []
  • Is Edge really still tied to the Windows build?
  • Embrace, Extend and Extinguish for Edge?

    It ain't gonna work this time. It works only when you are the de-facto monopoly. And people have cottoned on to it.

  • he people are used by now to different browsers and platforms (mobile being one), it is not 1999 anymore when only obvious way to internet was through windows 98 and IE shortcut on desktop. The crowd that did that is relatively old, and minority...

    So Microsoft has to be realistic and realize Edge is not going to have much market share. Ever. If they were trying to make healthy and safe browser with long-term plan, then be so. But this is not step in that direction. It more smells of defeat. And we all know

  • Wouldn't be easier (and better) just to make Edge a Chromium browser?

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