The Chromium-based Microsoft Edge browser can now be installed on macOS and Windows 10 computers. Microsoft announced the new Edge back in December 2018, when it made a decision to forego any further development of its own browser engine in favor of switching to the Chromium codebase. It will also become available for Windows 10X supporting foldable and dual-screen devices.
If you're an IT administrator, you will need to download an offline deployment package to pilot within your corporate environment - the new Microsoft Edge will not automatically deploy for commercial customers.
'Microsoft's web browser should finally be able to compete alongside Chrome, Opera and Firefox, and those who are all-in with the Microsoft ecosystem will finally be getting a browser from Microsoft that works well when browsing the web'. Microsoft kicked off this switch about a year ago and is now a Chromium Project code contributor.
Microsoft added that its new browser identifies trackers and will allow users to decide which of these to block. Further, Microsoft has provided AAD support, Internet Explorer mode, 4K Web streaming, Dolby audio, inking in PDF, support for Chrome-based extensions, and Microsoft Search in Bing integration among various others.
Users can chose what they want to see when they open a new tab, select a customizable layout and browse the web using Collections, which allows you to collect organize, share and export web content to Word or Excel.
The company has barred some features of the browser for remaining on the safer side from any bugs. The glitch does not exist in Microsoft Edge Canary, Dev, and Beta on Windows, as all these testing builds install in the correct language on Windows.
A new version of the Microsoft Edge web browser based on Google's Chrome starts rolling out today for Windows, of course, but also macOS. Or would you just prefer to stick with the current browser you are familiar with? Despite the fact that Windows 7 has already reached the end of support, Microsoft will continue to update its browser on this platform for 18 more months - the timeframe aligns with the one used by Google for Chrome browser.
Now You: do you plan to use the new Edge browser? How has your experience been? Let us know in the comments.