Microsoft officially launches Chromium-based Edge browser for all platforms

Yolanda Curtis
January 16, 2020

Microsoft finally seems ready to release an all-new version of its Edge browser and it could give Windows 10 users a viable alternative to Chrome.

Microsoft is also claiming that this new version of Edge is twice as fast as the one it replaces, no doubt thanks to the Chromium platform it runs on, although we're yet to see how that stacks up against competitors such as Mozilla Firefox and Google Chrome. Client Hints allows for limited website and advertiser browser queries that help to protect a greater amount of user data than what is now happening with the use of user-agent strings. In fact, if you're on the stable version of Windows, you'll be somewhere in the middle of the line. Prior to the release of the stable build of Edge, the beta version had been available for macOS for several months. Collections are built into the new Edge, as well as a comprehensive set of learning and accessibility tools.

If you don't want to wait, however, you can download the new Edge right now at, the company added.

After the a year ago of development and several months spent in Beta, Microsoft is ready to officially launch its new Edge Chromium browser across both Windows and macOS. Features like tracking prevention are enabled by default, for example, with three levels of controls over how things like tracking cookies are handled. It also comes with various UI customization features, a built-in Bing search, a Handoff-like Windows Timeline feature, and an Internet Explorer mode for viewing older web pages. The features like history and extension sync from Google Chrome is missing at the launch. If you're exhausted of Chrome or are simply looking for something a little bit different, Edge might be exactly what you need.

Microsoft took a huge step by switching to the Chromium web browsing engine.

Google Chrome has been the world's most popular browser for some time now, which is an impressive feat given that it didn't enter the fray until 2008. Your favourites, passwords, and basic settings will carry over to the new Microsoft Edge automatically. How has your experience been?

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