Published: Mon, June 24, 2019
Electronics | By Kelly Massey

Microsoft's Chromium-powered Edge browser comes to Windows 7 and Windows 8

Microsoft's Chromium-powered Edge browser comes to Windows 7 and Windows 8

This means that the firm's new web browser will be available to try and test on every major desktop platform. Hence the company has indicated it would add the Chromium-based Edge browser to the relatively stable Dev channel builds.

After arriving on Windows 10 a couple of months ago and having also reached MacOS, the Edge browser based on Chromium by Microsoft is now also available on Windows 7 and 8, initially in the Canary version but with support for the Dev channel expected in the next period.

We will get to hear more about this new Chromium-powered Edge Browser from Microsoft very soon. However, Microsoft says it is planning to introduce an in-browser dark mode for Windows 7 and 8.1, so don't worry, you won't be left out in the cold (although you may be left in the dark). For the same reason, they will release regular updates with the Canary Builds for Windows 7 and Windows 8 PC users. With the transition to new popular web engine Chromium browser lost several functions, such as the postponement of the tabs and the draw notes on top of pages. However, this development clearly indicates Microsoft is decoupling development of the Edge browser with that of the operating systems which it now supports and maintains. We could be witnessing the rise of the browser that could unseat Google Chrome from the top spot, but that wouldn't be much of an issue since Edge preview is running on the Google-made Chromium platform.

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"You can now choose to automatically link your feedback to that existing feedback (rather than creating a new piece of feedback)", the software giant said in a blog post that accompanied the preview release. Just visit the website and hit the download button next to the intended operating system.

Microsoft is bringing Edge to older versions of Windows and the Mac in the hopes of simplifying testing for developers who need to make sure their apps and sites work across all different operating systems and Windows variants. Nonetheless, the OS continues to run on a large number of PCs.

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