Microsoft is officially launching its new Edge Chromium browser today across both Windows and macOS. A stable version of the browser is now available for everyone to download, just over a year after the software maker revealed its plans to switch to Chromium. Microsoft is initially targeting Edge at enterprise users of Windows and macOS, but consumers will be able to manually download and install it, too.
In the coming months, Microsoft plans to automatically update Windows 10 users with this new version of Edge which will fully replace the existing built-in browser. The company is taking a slow and careful approach, bringing the new Edge gradually to groups of Windows 10 users through Windows Update before it’s fully rolled out to everyone in the summertime. Microsoft is also releasing this version of Edge to OEMs today, so expect to see machines start arriving in the back-to-school period with the new version of Edge preinstalled. Microsoft will eventually bake this directly into a future Windows 10 update, and it will be part of Windows 10X for foldable and dual-screen devices. An ARM64 version of Edge won’t be available today, but it’s expected to come to the stable channel shortly.
With the Edge Chromium browser, Microsoft is mainly targeting enterprise users and it’s mainly due to the features it serves like Internet Explorer mode, which allows businesses to load legacy IE sites within Edge automatically. Features like anti-tracking, Collections, and support for 4K Netflix with Dolby Atmos and Dolby Vision will also be helpful for users to have an improved experience with Edge when compared to Chrome.
The Microsoft Edge Chromium browser can be download on any device running on Windows 8.1, Windows 10, Windows 7, macOS. It is also available for Android as well as iOS users. Yes, Microsoft has also released the Edge browser for Windows 7 that went out of support on Jan 14. Microsoft hasn’t revealed till how long it will support Edge on Windows 7.
All Windows 10 users can click here to download the new Edge browser. Windows 8.1 can tap here, Windows 7 and Windows 8 users can click here, macOS can download the Edge browser from here and lastly Android and iOS users can head to Google Play Store and App Store. After clicking on the aforementioned link tap on the “Accept and Download” option. The file size measures 1802KB, so it will take seconds to download depending on the speed of the internet connection that you have. Click and Open the downloaded file and tap on “Run”. And you’re good to go.