Microsoft Releases Its New Chromium-Based Edge Browser in Beta – Company Says It’s “Ready for Everyday Use”

Microsoft is all over the browser world these days. Since announcing its move to the Chromium engine, the Windows maker has proved itself to be a worthy addition to the open source space by making quite some useful changes to the project. Today, the company is releasing a beta version of its new Chromium Edge browser.

The software maker also shared that to date it has contributed more than 1,000 commits to the Chromium project and is looking forward to continuing its "active engagement with the community in the shared pursuit of making the web better for everyone."

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The new Chromium-based Microsoft Edge Beta now out for testing

The Microsoft Edge beta is available for download for all supported versions of Windows and macOS.

"Our goal with Microsoft Edge is to create better web compatibility with better performance for our customers while ensuring less fragmentation of the web for all web developers," Joe Belfiore, Corporate Vice President, Windows, wrote in a blog post today.

"To date, there have been more than one million downloads of our preview builds, across all supported versions of Windows and Mac, from which we have received more than 140,000 individual pieces of feedback. Thank you!"

Belfiore added that the new "beta represents the most stable preview channel [third and final preview channel], as features are added to Beta only after they have cleared quality testing in first the Canary channel and then the Dev channel. Major version updates can be expected roughly every six weeks, alongside periodic minor updates for bug fixes and security.”

Microsoft is encouraging businesses and enthusiasts to try the new browser and give their feedback. While it carries the word beta in it, Microsoft assured that "with this announcement the next version of Microsoft Edge is ready for everyday use."

Enterprise customers can try the next version of Microsoft Edge through the enterprise tab of the Microsoft Edge Insider site. Regular consumers can also head over to the Microsoft Edge Insider site to download the builds.

Some of the Microsoft Edge Beta features include:

  • New tab page customization (Focused, Inspirational or Informational layouts)
  • Dark theme
  • Ability to visit the Chromium-based web stores, including the Chrome Web Store, to add your favorite extensions
  • Tracking prevention (protects you from being tracked by websites that you don’t visit)
  • Internet Explorer mode for business (Microsoft said it's "an important feature for the more than 60% of worldwide organizations that use both IE as well as another browser)


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