Chromium-based Microsoft Edge's Stable Build Leaks

Yolanda Curtis
August 21, 2019

Earlier this year, Microsoft shipped the first canary builds of its new Edge browser that is based on Google's Chromium rendering engine.

Microsoft is probably still a bit far away from launching the stable version of this new browser.

"Ultimately, we want to make the web experience better for many different audiences", stated Joe Belfiore, the Corporate Vice President for Windows, in a blog post published at that time. One that's good for everyday use, as Microsoft notes.

Of course, with Edge being Chromium-based, Chrome's own reward programme is a consideration, so Microsoft is keen on reports that reproduce on Edge rather than Chrome.

Up to $30k is available to researchers who find what Microsoft deems "critical and important" vulnerabilities in the Beta and Dev channels of Chromium Edge.

Canary is updated on a daily basis, so has very fresh changes, whereas Dev is updated on a weekly basis - and the new Beta channel will be provided with major updates every six weeks (along with occasional bug or security patches here and there).

I've been testing the Canary Edge build since April, and I've found it to be a huge upgrade over the last version of Edge.

Microsoft Edge supports multiple accounts, so you can switch between work, school, and personal accounts.

The Beta offers a number of ways to personalize your experience, along with support for 14 languages.

You can download and try the Beta build now. And now, it seems like Microsoft is inching closer to a public release.

"We're excited to expand our bounty programs today to include the next version of Microsoft Edge and continue to grow and strengthen our partnership with the security research community", Jarek Stanley, senior program manager at the Microsoft Security Response Center, said upon the release.

Vulnerabilities unique to Edge-on-Chromium are eligible to rewards between $1,000 and $30,000, Microsoft said, depending on the severity and impact of the security issue.

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