Microsoft rolls out first Chromium-based Edge browser

Posted on Tuesday, Apr 09 2019 @ 15:23 CEST by Thomas De Maesschalck
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Microsoft announces the public availability of the first Edge browser builds that feature Google's Chromium engine. Canary and Developer builds are now available for download on Windows 10 PCs:
Today we’re embarking on the next step in this journey – our first Canary and Developer builds are ready for download on Windows 10 PCs. Canary builds are preview builds that will be updated daily, while Developer builds are preview builds that will be updated weekly. Beta builds will come online in the future. Support for Mac and all supported versions of Windows will also come over time.

In these first builds we are very much focused on the fundamentals and have not yet included a wide range of feature and language support that will come later. You’ll start to see differences from the current Microsoft Edge including subtle design finishes, support for a broader selection of extensions and the ability to manage your sign-in profile. We look forward to people starting to kick the tires and will be refining the feature set over time based on the feedback we receive.
In terms of design, the new Edge browser looks very similar to Chrome. There are some tweaks here and there, but at the moment it feels a lot like a Microsoft-themed version of Chrome with an Edge logo, Bing as the default search engine, and Microsoft Account integration.

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Thomas has been messing with computer since early childhood and firmly believes the Internet is the best thing since sliced bread. Enjoys playing with new tech, is fascinated by science, and passionate about financial markets. When not behind a computer, he can be found with running shoes on or lifting heavy weights in the weight room.

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