Microsoft have been developing an all new version of their web browser Edge and will release it in early 2020. If you are familiar with the existing Edge browser, it’s the same in name only – the new Microsoft Edge is vastly improved in many ways.
The new Edge is now based on Chromium, the same project that Google’s Chrome browser is based on. So, this new version of Edge will share all the compatibility that Chromium based browsers have.
The new Edge shares a lot of features with Google Chrome; however, Microsoft have ported across the unique features from old Edge, with more to come.
Both Google Chrome and the new Microsoft Edge are based on the open source Chromium project and Microsoft are making contributions back to the project, rather than developing their own browser in parallel.
This new version of Edge is cross compatible with macOS, Windows 7, 8, 8.1, and 10 as well as server versions 2008 R2, 2012 R2, 2016, 2019 and above.
The new Edge is independent of the Windows and is updated through its own update process, like Google Chrome.
The browser is currently available to test in three channels:
- Beta – updates every 6 weeks
- Dev – weekly updates
- Canary – daily updates
You can find out more and download it for yourself here: https://www.microsoftedgeinsider.com
You can download offline deployment packages and group policy templates here: https://www.microsoftedgeinsider.com/enterprise
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