Published: Tue, April 09, 2019
Electronics | By Kelly Massey

It's alive! Hands on with Microsoft's Chromium Edge browser

It's alive! Hands on with Microsoft's Chromium Edge browser

Now, the company has opened up its official Microsoft Edge Insider Channel for those that want to legitimately test the new browser.

Chromium-based Microsoft Edge offers to show new tabs with a scenic background, though barer-bones options are available. Those Dev Channel builds have gone through a fair amount more testing than Canary Channel builds, so while the possibility of encountering bugs is still there, it probably won't happen as often. Different versions of Chromium-based Edge can be installed and run side by side. The Canary build is a raw version that will be updated daily while the Developer build is more stable and will receive weekly updated. This channel is two versions ahead, which is now Edge Insider version

Beta, Dev, and Canary builds of the upcoming version of Microsoft Edge for Windows 10. You also won't find certain features. The builds are only available for Windows 10 at the time.

And one of them is that the features already available in Google Chrome would technically be available for the Chromium-based Microsoft Edge browser too.

Microsoft added a feedback icon to the browser's main toolbar that you may use to inform the company of issues that you encounter while using the new Edge. It is important to remember, though, that these are preview builds and Microsoft has stated that many features are still being added.

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Most Windows laptops use Intel processors, but Arm chips - notably those built by Qualcomm - are part of a sustained push to make laptops with longer battery lives and built-in connectivity to 4G and later 5G mobile networks. Just be sure to click the "Customize import and sync" option and select Chrome. At this point, Google Chrome has the largest collection of extensions out there, so once it lands with support for Chromium, Microsoft Edge would become fully compatible with these add-ons as well.

"We are committed to building a world class browser with Microsoft Edge through differentiated user experience features and connected services", writes the Microsoft Edge Team.

You can install browser extensions from Microsoft's own - limited - extension gallery or from the Chrome Web Store if you enable that first.

We are not sure if Microsoft plans to keep the page or if they will merge it with Microsoft Store Extensions page once Edge is rolled out to the public.

The Microsoft Edge Insider browser is only Chromium-based browser to support 1080p and 4K Netflix streaming due to the addition of Microsoft's PlayReady DRM.

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