Microsoft launches Chromium Edge Browser Alpha to Windows 10 Users

Microsoft launches Chromium Edge Browser Alpha to Windows 10 Users

Microsoft launches Chromium Edge Browser Alpha to Windows 10 Users

Back in December, Microsoft announced that they were creating a new version of their Edge browser, one which would be based on Chromium and offer better support for a broader range of websites, extensions, OS’ and features.  

Today, the software giant has announced that they are making Chromium-based Edge browsers available to “Edge Insiders”, with Canary builds (which update daily) and Developer Builds (which are updated weekly). So far, the browser is only available on Windows 10, but support for older versions of Windows and MacOS are also planned. 

Moving to Chromium allows Microsoft to better access ARM64 devices, make use of the wide variety of existing Chromium extensions and piggyback on the open source application’s development. Simply put, it is easier for Microsoft to improve and maintain a custom version of Chromium than it is to support Edge in its current form. Even so, Microsoft’s move will be positive for Chromium, as they will be contributing to the open source project. 

While Microsoft’s Chromium browser has been available on torrenting sites for a while, thanks to leaks of the software, the company’s new Edge Insider program will allow internet enthusiasts to test and provide feedback to Microsoft on the project officially. To make a long story short, if you don’t want to be a guinea pig for Microsoft, you are best sticking to Chrome, at least for now. 

Microsoft launches Chromium Edge Browser Alpha to Windows 10 Users  
Right now Microsoft’s Chromium Edge browser is in a basic state, and for the time being there are no plans to add any major features to the browser. Microsoft’s Joe Belfiore stated that “we are very much focused on the fundamentals” and that they have “not yet included a wide range of feature and language support that will come later.” In time Microsoft’s new Edge browser will evolve, but for now, Microsoft is working on making their initial builds stable, which is always a good place to start.

Microsoft’s new Chrome browser is now available to download here.  

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