Microsoft's Chromium Edge browser now available for testing

Microsoft's Chromium Edge browser now officially available for testing

The first development versions are available for download today.

Microsoft is making its Chromium-powered Edge browser available to developers. 

The software giant is releasing its Canary and Developer builds,

providing daily or weekly updates on changes coming to Edge. 

Both downloads are available at the new Microsoft Edge site ,

and are designed for developers to quickly see how Edge is changing.

Microsoft has focused on the fundamentals of browsing, reliability and extension support for this earlier version of Edge based on Chromium,

and the company is seeking feedback on the basics to get started. 

Encouragingly, this new Edge browser works surprisingly well, with full support for existing Chrome extensions. 

Microsoft is even building in sync support for things like bookmarks, browsing history and extensions to sync through Edge. 

Favorites are only supported in this early version today, but sync support will be gradually improved before this new version of Edge.

is more widely available in a beta version.

Both Microsoft and Google engineers have been working together to improve the underlying Chromium project.

to make Chrome and Edge work better on Windows. 

Microsoft has accepted around 150 commits in Chromium, paving the way for Edge and Chromium enhancements in Windows 10.

That includes improving accessibility, support for smooth scrolling, Windows Hello integration, and things like ensuring that the touch keyboard displays reliably.

"We are working directly with the Google teams and the broader Chromium community on this work and appreciate the open and collaborative discussions," explains Joe Belfiore, corporate vice president at Microsoft. 

"These contributions represent work in progress and are not yet fully represented in the browser you can install today, so stay tuned."

If you have already downloaded and installed the leaked version of Edge which appeared online a couple of weeks ago, you probably still won't notice many differences. 

The browser looks and feels a lot like Chrome at the moment, although it seems to work better during everyday use. Microsoft is also working on adding its Fluent Design settings to this version of Edge, and some of the existing features like tabs or ink may appear in the future.

The current builds of Canary and Development are only designed for 64-bit English installations of Windows 10, and Microsoft plans to support Windows 8, Windows 7 and macOS in the future. 

These initial builds are really designed for developers only, but that won't stop consumers from testing before beta builds become available in the coming months. 

You can try Edge integrated in Chromium today and check out our practice complete with the new browser right here 

install it here:

Leave a Reply

Go up

Cookies on this website are used to personalize content and ads, provide social media features and analyze traffic. More information