Microsoft has officially launched the new Edge browser, based on the open-source “Chromium” for Windows and macOS users. A stable version of the browser is now available for download.
The new Edge is compatible with all supported versions of Microsoft Windows and macOS, and that installing on Windows 10 will replace the legacy version of Microsoft Edge. Microsoft plans on releasing an update for Windows 10 which will fully replace the legacy Edge by releasing it gradually to groups of Windows 10 users before rolling it out to everyone. The new Edge is also being included in OEM versions.
The new Microsoft Edge will also support Chrome extensions, but unlike Chrome offers “Collections” letting you collate content, and built-in tracking prevention. You can choose from three different levels to avoid being tracked. The default setting will block trackers from sites you haven’t visited already. There is also a “strict” setting that blocks a majority of trackers, although sites may not load or work correctly with that setting.
Microsoft chose Chromium for compatibility, and Chromium offers that compatibility with Google’s dominance over web browsers.
Hopefully, a Chromium-based Edge will prevent Chrome from being the new Internet Explorer 6 and will bring back competition to a market otherwise dominated by Google.
For anyone interested, the source code for the new Microsoft Edge can be found at github.com/MicrosoftEdge.