Microsoft will start rolling out an all-new version of its Edge browser via Windows Update on January 15, 2020. A standalone app is also available for multiple operating systems.
Why so important?
Microsoft Edge has been rebuilt from the ground up using the open source Chromium engine which powers Google Chrome, Brave, Opera, and many other web browsers.
This marks the end of Microsoft using its in-house browser engines that ran Internet Explorer and the original Edge. (By the way, If you are still using Internet Explorer – stop now.)
This is also a return to Microsoft going cross-platform with a browser – Chromium-based Edge is available for Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows 8.1, Windows 10, and macOS. Mobile versions of the browser are available for iOS and Android.
Some highlights from the new Edge –
Why use it?
Even if you’re not an Edge user now, this new version might be worth a test drive.
You essentially get the best of both worlds – the most popular browser engine in the world, so you know all major websites will be compatible, and Edge’s tight integration with Windows, including automatic updates and syncing of your favorites and history across devices.
Syncing is not just limited to Windows 7-10, but covers macOS, iOS and Android too if you use the Edge app on those platforms.
How do I get it?
If you are using Windows 10 Home or Pro, expect to see the new Edge listed in your available Windows updates over the coming weeks.
If you currently use Edge in Windows 10, your favorites, passwords, form information, and basic settings will get transferred to the new version of the browser.
Note that the new Edge is not a forced update for enterprise users – IT departments have the ability to block the update and issue it to users when ready.
All versions of Windows other than Home or Pro are excluded from being updated automatically. Devices running Windows 10 Home or Pro Edition that are joined to an Active Directory or Azure Active Directory domain, are MDM managed, or are WSUS or WUfB managed, will also be excluded from the automatic update.
For all Windows, macOS, iOS, and Android users, the new Edge can also be manually downloaded and installed from its official website.
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