16 April 2019
Microsoft has finally made its Chromium-powered Edge browser available to the developers for testing. The browser is currently out for the testers in Canary and Developer programs. Both builds are available for download on Microsoft’s new Edge insider site. And, the beta channel on Windows 10 for the public is labeled as coming soon, so the users need to wait a bit more to test this new browser out. It will also arrive for other platforms – Windows 8.1, Windows 8, Windows 7, and macOS soon. Users on these platforms should use these links to sign up to get notified.
Both Microsoft and Google engineers have been working together to improve the Chromium project so that Chrome and Edge run better on Windows. Joe Belfiore, Corporate Vice President, Windows writes while announcing the preview builds of Microsoft Edge,
We’re working directly with the teams at Google and the broader Chromium community on this work and appreciate the collaborative and open discussions.
And those who are testing the new browser have noticed the significant change in the browser, well not in the aesthetics but performance as well. Microsoft has clearly worked on enhancing the fundamentals of browsing and making it smoother and accessible than before. It includes full support for existing Chrome extensions. Microsoft is even building support for things like favorites, browsing history, and extensions to sync across Edge.
Microsoft says you’ll start to see the differences from the current Microsoft Edge including subtle design finishes, a broader selection of extensions and ability to manage sign-in profile.
Note that Canary preview builds are updated daily and the Developer builds are updated weekly. Currently, the Canary and Development builds are only designed for English 64-bit installations of Windows 10.