+ Monday January 20th, 2020

Today is the day, everyone: you can now install the official build of its new Chromium-based version of Edge on Windows, Android, Mac and iOS (and we assume, iPadOS)

This marks a big turning point for the web in so many ways. While Chrome has mercifully eaten Microsoft’s browser market share, with Microsoft abandoning its own engine, content can finally be optimised to run across more browsers and users will get the same consistent experience, as the developers intended … in the future, anyway.

While it’s got great potential for users and developers, it also means there’s less competition in the market from an engine perspective – Chromium engine gains even more market share, leaving us wondering if developers might stop supporting others like Firefox.

One of Microsoft’s big pushes is on the security front -:Edge features three levels of tracking protection (Basic, Balanced and Strict – Balanced is the default) designed to make your browsing a little more private. In Strict mode it’ll block third-party cookies, a feature Google itself only just announced for a future version of Chrome.

Edge also features support for extensions – both Chrome’s own, and Edge-specific ones. There’s also an Internet Explorer mode for some reason, and a lot of other Microsoft-y things like Active Directory support you’d expect from an app that might go into corporate environments.

You can grab any version of it here, or grab the Android version from the Play Store.

Microsoft Edge
Microsoft Edge
Price: Free

If you’re a Windows user and don’t download it on your own, it will eventually replace your Edge browser via a future Windows update. If you’re a Mac user, Edge is now available for your computer for the first time and it’s definitely worth a look.

Source: Microsoft.

Duncan Jaffrey   Associate

Duncan Jaffrey

Duncan has been interested in technology since coding "Mary had a little Lamb" in Basic on his ZX Spectrum. A fan of all things Android, most days you'll find Duncan trawling the web for Android news or quietly editing away on Map Maker.

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I have downloaded the Windows 10 version twice (different PCs). The first set language as Czech and the second Simplified Chinese. Had to use Google Translate to navigate through settings to set the language to English. BTW neither language is installed on the PCs.

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Installed. Looks good. Best part is that Chrome extensions work which is to be expected, I suppose.

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First step is the Edge browser running on an open source platform.

Second step is to do the same with Windows. A fork of Linux, rebranded as Windows, with a built-in emulator for older apps. It will save billions of dollars of development money.

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