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DuckDuckGo stock, the firm best known for its privacy-focused search engine of the same name, is developing on a desktop browser that will focus on avoiding tracking across your whole browsing experience. DuckDuckGo CEO Gabriel Weinberg gives a sneak peek at the future browser in a post on the company’s blog, noting that it will behave similarly to the company’s mobile browsing app.

“WE’RE BUILDING THE DESKTOP APP FROM THE GROUND UP USING THE RENDERING APIS PROVIDED BY THE OS”

According to Weinberg, the desktop browser will come with “strong privacy protection” by default, meaning you won’t have to enable any hidden security options. The desktop version will have the same “Fire” button as the mobile app, which will delete all of your browsing history, stored data, and tabs in one click. It’s also based on “OS-provided rendering engines” — as it is on mobile — according to Weinberg, which will result in a cleaner UI with less clutter than traditional browsers. Early testing of the browser, he claims, show that it is “much faster” than Google Chrome.

“Both Mac OS X and Windows now include website rendering APIs (WebView/WebView2) that may be used by any application to render a website. “That’s what we utilized to construct our desktop software,” Allison Johnson, DuckDuckGo’s senior communications manager, stated to The Verge in a statement.

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Instead, we’re designing the desktop software from the ground up using the rendering APIs given by the OS. This means that anything other than website rendering (such as tab and bookmark management, navigation controls, passwords, and so on) must be built by us.” To put it another way, on Windows, the browser will use Edge / Chromium rendering, whereas on MacOS, Safari / Webkit will be used. Johnson further clarified that this isn’t the same as forking, which implies that the browser is based on an existing one.

The browser is currently in closed beta on macOS, but according to Weinberg’s tweet, DuckDuckGo is working on a Windows version as well. There’s no news on when the desktop browser will be released to the general public.

DuckDuckGo developed a built-in mechanism for its mobile browser app last month that is designed to prevent apps on Android from tracking users. In July, the firm launched an email protection service that purports to remove any trackers from your emails.

 

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