30 August 2019
Microsoft has finally made the preview builds of its Chromium Edge browser available to the users on Windows 7, Windows 8, and Windows 8.1 devices. Note that Microsoft began the first round of releasing Chromium Edge for testing to Windows 10 back in April, so the new preview for the older platforms comes almost after two months. This isn’t a late release, considering, meanwhile, Microsoft’s Windows 10 is also continuously gaining new updates and now even the macOS has entered the preview builds testing process.
Microsoft confirms that feature set of Chromium Edge on older versions of Windows is largely the same as on Windows 10, including the forthcoming support for Internet Explorer mode for enterprise customers. Microsoft also notes in its blog post that the first Canary builds do have a few known issues, including the lack of dark mode support and no support for AAD sign-in, which it said it’s working to resolve soon.
It’s interesting to note that Microsoft has released its Chromium Edge for testing to Windows 7, despite it’s ending support for this version of Windows in January 2020.
So, users on Windows 7, 8, or 8.1 devices, need to visit the Microsoft Edge Insider site to download and install the preview. Currently, the Canary channel is available, and Microsoft confirms that the Dev channel will be coming to these versions of Windows soon.
Those on Windows 7 or above (except the Windows 10), should note that the Canary preview builds are updated daily, so the Chromium Edge browser may act weird sometimes as it will continue to gain new changes directly from Microsoft. You will then get to test them and installing the preview builds indicate you’re aware of any potential risks included.