Thursday, 27 February, 2020

The new Chromium-based Microsoft Edge is now available

Microsoft Edge 1.0 Microsoft Edge browser based on Google's Chrome comes to macOS
Noel Elliott | 17 January, 2020, 00:27

Another new feature of the Chromium based Edge browser is customisation. But this new approach could be what gives Microsoft the edge (pun intended) it needs to close the gap between it and the competition.

All in all, that's some impressive performance for a browser that was just released to the public today.

Have you used the new Edge browser on iOS or macOS? Added features like better privacy controls, Collections, compatibility with Chrome extensions, and more will attract users. "Microsoft Edge is now running natively for the ARM64 architecture, which is used in some Windows 10 devices like the new Surface Pro X. The ARM version of Microsoft Edge will automatically replace the previous configuration, in which the 32-bit version was running in an emulator".

Microsoft also says that "devices running Windows 10 Home or Pro Edition that are joined to an Active Directory or Azure Active Directory domain, are MDM managed, or are WSUS or WUfB managed, will also be excluded from this automatic update". The new Edge is based on the Chromium open source project, which makes it similar to Google Chrome in that regard.

Microsoft is touting the tracking prevention capabilities of the new Edge, which means fewer websites should be able to gather information about you - like webpages you've visited, the amount of times you've clicked on something, and much more.

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To get the new Edge for Android and iOS, you'll have to head to the Google Play Store and App Store respectively.

FastTrack will help you deploy Microsoft Edge to your organization at no extra charge if you are a customer with an eligible subscription to Microsoft 365, Azure, or Dynamics 365.

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) created to make your browsing a little more private. If you're a Mac user, Edge is now available for your computer for the first time and it's definitely worth a look. Microsoft parted ways from its browser engine back in December 2018 and switched to the Chromium codebase.

Technically this is the 79th stable version of Edge, with Edge 80 set to land in February and regular updates arriving every six weeks from then on.

It was a big undertaking, and after over a year of testing, the new Edge is finally ready. Participants just download the channel version they want to try from the program's landing page.

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