Microsoft Edge browser based on Google's Chrome comes to macOS

Microsoft Edge browser based on Google's Chrome comes to macOS

Microsoft Edge browser based on Google's Chrome comes to macOS

The new Edge Browser carries all the Chromium-based features with a refined touch from Microsoft.

Microsoft is trying to breathe a new life into its web browser by ditching the homegrown browser engine in favor of Chromium. The goal of this project was to improve compatibility and to create a partnership with the Chromium community to improve the Chromium engine itself. Microsoft is also rewarding users for searching for browsing using Microsoft Edge and Bing.

On Windows devices, the overhauled Edge browser can be installed on Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows 8.1, and Windows 10. The web browser is also available for Android and iOS devices. It has a toggle button that permits downloads for Windows 10, Windows 8/8.1 and Windows 7 systems, as well as downloads for Android and iOS systems.

Edge also features support for extensions - both Chrome's own, and Edge-specific ones.

The new Edge will eventually be installed automatically as part of future Windows 10 updates, and will be automatically updated in the coming weeks for Windows Insider and Release Preview users.

Enterprise and Education users will walk a different upgrade path.

If you don't use Microsoft Edge, Microsoft specifically would like you to know that it won't migrate your browser preference to Edge.

So why should you give Microsoft's souped-up version of Edge a try? Managed devices will not be automatically updated to the new Microsoft Edge.

On Windows 10 devices, the Chromium Microsoft Edge has become the default browser, replacing the original version. Note that Internet Explorer is not impacted by our automatic rollout.

Microsoft added that its new browser identifies trackers and will allow users to decide which of these to block.

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. History and extension sync are now MIA, though Microsoft will eventually include them in an update later this year. The new Microsoft Edge browser features Privacy Promise which is created to keep users safe while online and offer transparency on how your browsing data is collected while giving you full control of how the said data is used to improve your browsing experience. That basically means that it will be Edge on top of a Google Chrome-like base. If not, contact App Assure and we'll help you fix it.

Edge first debuted with Windows 10 several years ago, but hasn't found a big audience.

By the looks of things, this issue happens mostly on Windows for a reason that is yet to be determined, and I expect Microsoft to fix it in the very next update for the browser.

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