Microsoft releases preview of Chromium-based Edge browser

Microsoft's New Chromium-Based Edge, Now Available to Download - Petri

The most stable ones are going to find their way to the Beta channel, followed by Dev and Canary builds (in that order).

The current builds for this version of Edge feature full support for Chrome extensions.

With the new app, Microsoft is taking the open-sourced portion of Chromium, and using it to build its new browser. The Canary channel is specifically designed for enthusiasts, though Microsoft says that it uses the same channel internally "to validate bug fixes and test brand new features". It features the latest changes first and is the most unstable of the builds because of that. This makes sense as the browser cache for Edge dev would be blank to start with. Of course, Microsoft also asserts that developers shouldn't use browser detection via the user agent string as a means of ensuring site compatibility with browsers.

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.

Back in February, Microsoft revealed that anyone would be able to test the company's upcoming Chromium-based Edge web browser without the need to be a Windows Insider. Search traffic from browsers is an important financial consideration since they can lead to revenue from search ads.

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Beta, Dev, and Canary builds of the upcoming version of Microsoft Edge for Windows 10.

At first glance, the new Edge looks a lot like the existing browser. But the browser hasn't really caught on, and Microsoft seems to think that's because many sites are made with Chrome (and therefore Chromium) in mind.

User Experience Differentiation Microsoft is still committed to differentiating the Edge browser based on the user experience or user interface. The test builds also doesn't fully support media casting yet.

When it was announced in December, the Chromium-based Edge browser marked a landmark decision for Microsoft to abandon its own project and team with Google. The Edge team also contributed towards areas such as accessibility, touch, and ARM64 support to enhance Chromium.

"We've been collaborating with Google engineers to enable Chromium to run natively on Windows on ARM devices starting with Chromium 73".

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