Microsoft has introduced the new Edge web browser, today, which is available to download for Windows and Mac. The new Edge is based on the Chromium open source project, which makes it similar to Google Chrome in that regard.
Microsoft announced the new Edge was announced back in 2018 when it decided to forego any further development of its browser engine in favour of switching to the Chromium codebase. After over a year of testing, it was a big undertaking, finally, the new edge is ready. Microsoft is initially targeting Edge at enterprise users of Windows and macOS, but consumers will be able to manually download and install it, too.
You will be receiving the new Edge as an update if you are running Windows 10. At some point in the next few months. The migration process will begin in the coming weeks with a subset of Insiders in the Windows Release Preview ring (which is what Microsoft calls it’s beta testing for some reason).
Edge syncs passwords, favourites, and settings across devices, while Bing lets you earn rewards just for searching. Collections are built into the new Edge, as well as a comprehensive set of learning and accessibility tools. There’s also an Internet Explorer mode baked in, just in case you need to access an ancient website that demands that.
The compnay is using Chromium versioning, that’s why this first stable build is Microsoft Edge 79. This will update independently on a “roughly six-week” cadence.
If you’re interested in trying out the new Edge, you can download it for Windows or macOS over at Microsoft’s Edge site.