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Microsoft Explains Its Decision to Use Google’s Web Browsing Software

Microsoft’s decision last December to rebuild its Edge web browser using open-source software created by Google would have been shocking a few years ago, but the collaboration between the companies is already on track to solve longstanding compatibility issues, according to this report from The Verge. It’s the latest example of how Windows has taken a back seat under CEO Satya Nadella, who has made several moves to bring Microsoft products to competing platforms since taking over as CEO more than five years ago. 

The fact that Microsoft is working with Google on its next web browser release is notable, since this has been a major friction point between the companies for more than a decade. However, given the large amount of ink that has been spilled about Microsoft changing its corporate philosophy on open-source software under Mr. Nadella, it’s getting harder to characterize these developments as surprising. 

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