26 May 2020
Microsoft’s most notable Chromium-based Edge browser is finally rolling out to the users on Windows 10 globally. The browser was first made available via Dev and Beta channels to the users for testing purposes. It went through a long process of examination and now the company is rolling out the final furnished version to the users via Windows Update.
Microsoft in a document it released a week earlier confirmed that it will distribute new Chromium-based Microsoft Edge to Home and Pro Edition devices running 10 version 1803 and newer. However, the release has been made available with one exception and it is about allowing business users to switch to the old version.
Consumers will simply see the old Edge getting replaced with the new Edge after the update. The new release will include sync support for passwords, favorites, history, and settings across Windows.
The majority of users use Chrome and other options available like Firefox, Opera, and so on. Microsoft Edge took the back seat due to many issues it had served to the users. But Microsoft believed that the Chromium engine would bring back the much-needed attention for its Edge browser.
Microsoft’s aim was to increase the consistency of the browser’s compatibility between other major browsers. This move of Microsoft has received mixed reactions from the critics. Some believe this reduces the diversity in the overall web browser market. Because, currently, Microsoft’s priority is to gain some share in the browsers’ market which is dominated by Google’s Chrome browser.
Currently, the Google Chrome browser sits on the top in the browser market share with 63.22%, according to Statcounter’s report for December 2019. Edge has an almost negligible presence with only 2.13%.
Microsoft is yet to make the new browser available to macOS, iOS, Android, and Linux as well. Back in November 2019, it came to notice that Linux as a supported platform has a release timeline set to “available in the future.”