Microsoft Asks Windows Insiders to Test Chromium-Based Edge

Microsoft Asks Windows Insiders to Test Chromium-Based Edge

Microsoft Asks Windows Insiders to Test Chromium-Based Edge

And according to the ones mentioned above, the focus mode will work in Microsoft Edge as well once the transition to Chromium is complete. In the more than three years that have since elapsed, however, the browser hasn't exactly managed to capture a meaningful share of the desktop browser market.

All those wanting to install the browser right now will have to be a Microsoft Edge Insider.

If you're feeling courageous, and would prefer your data heading Microsoft's way rather than Google's, then this first publicly released preview build is a solid start.

The new version of Edge looks similar to Chrome but you can start to see some "Microsoft" shine through with the settings and user account portions of the application.

Apple's Safari, a cousin to Chrome, and Mozilla's Firefox remain independent. Chrome arrived a decade ago, built on the same WebKit core as Safari.

Microsoft found itself in a battle against Google, whose almost entire bottom line is based on what happens in a web browser, with its own internally developed engine. You don't have to choose one or the other, if you don't want, and can install separate builds from each channel. But Microsoft plans to change that with contributions of its own, a potentially important change in the dynamics of the Chromium community. Microsoft announced that it was working on this project in December 2018.

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On Monday, the company released the preview builds, which overhaul the Edge browser by using Google's Chromium engine to render web pages.

Microsoft is following Google's example when it comes to the available channels.

Microsoft Edge Canary channel - Updated daily.

The 27-slide Power Point identifies Identity and Single Sign-On (SSO), PlayerReady DRM, and Services integration as early changes, alongside more subtle additions such as smoother scrolling protocols in BlinkGen Property Tree (BGPT) Memory Reduction in DLL prefetching and Native Caret browsing among others. The builds are only available for Windows 10 at the time. To make that successful, Arm-based laptops need a full suite of software.

If your ears perked up when you heard that the next version of Microsoft Edge will be built using Chromium, then today is an exciting day. Later on down the road, Microsoft will roll out a Beta Channel as well, which will be updated every six weeks and will offer "the most stable Microsoft Edge preview experience". Those names follow Chrome's labeling conventions.

First published April 8, 9:30 a.m. PT. Update, 10:03 a.m. and 10:33 a.m. PT: Adds further background and details.

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