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Chrome for iOS becoming open source is good news for developers looking to put their own spin on an iPhone browser. For context, some desktop browsers like Opera that seemingly rival Chrome actually share the same underlying Chromium code. For users, it means you might have more choices when it comes to choosing a browser in the App Store. [Chromium Blog]

Speaking of browsers, Microsoft Edge will have some new tab management features when the Creators Update arrives this spring. You’ll be able to quickly see thumbnails of all your tabs, organize them in groups, and hide them away for later. Other improvements include WebVR support, e-book integration, and performance improvements. The Windows 10 Creators Update is expected to arrive in April. [Windows Blog]

"Due to constraints of the iOS platform, all browsers must be built on top of the WebKit rendering engine. For Chromium, this means supporting both WebKit as well as Blink, Chrome's rendering engine for other platforms. That created some extra complexities which we wanted to avoid placing in the Chromium code base," says Rohit Rao, Google.

Rao further shares, "Given Chrome's commitment to open-source code, we've spent a lot of time over the past several years making the changes required to upstream the code for Chrome for iOS into Chromium. Today, that upstreaming is complete, and developers can compile the iOS version of Chromium like they can for other versions of Chromium. Development speed is also faster now that all of the tests for Chrome for iOS are available to the entire Chromium community and automatically run any time that code is checked in."

What does this mean for end-users? Well, they can now comb through the code looking for bugs and vulnerabilities -- something that could make them more comfortable from a security standpoint. Let's be honest though, most users of the browser are not code literate. With that said, security researches will appreciate this greatly.