Published: Thu, January 16, 2020
Electronics | By Kelly Massey

Microsoft's new Edge browser based on Chromium is now ready to download

Microsoft's new Edge browser based on Chromium is now ready to download

Microsoft is also rewarding users for searching for browsing using Microsoft Edge and Bing.

Back in 2015, Microsoft officially retired the Internet Explorer moniker to make way for Windows 10's Edge browser. While the Chromium engine - the open source project that underlies Google's Chrome browser - may be a known quantity, Microsoft has tweaked things for its own purposes. Client Hints allows for limited website and advertiser browser queries that help to protect a greater amount of user data than what is now happening with the use of user-agent strings. Microsoft released the stable version of its new web browser on its website earlier today.

In our review of the new Edge, we found that the browser is solid if a bit bland, with a couple of features that either don't work yet (based on the late-beta build we tested) or could use a bit of additional polish. Microsoft Edge users on Android and iOS will also receive the update automatically in the coming days.

Apart from switching from EdgeHTML to Chromium browser engine, the new Edge browser also brings a fresh, new logo. Microsoft says that switching to Chromium offers better compatibility, improved performance, and less fragmentation for developers.

Microsoft added that its new browser identifies trackers and will allow users to decide which of these to block.

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Google Chrome has been the world's most popular browser for some time now, which is an impressive feat given that it didn't enter the fray until 2008.

While it may be tempting to switch to the new Edge right away, users need to be aware that core features are not available yet.

"When you install Microsoft Edge on an up-to-date Windows 10 device, it will replace the previous (legacy) version on your device".

Upon its initial start-up, the new browser gives you the option of importing all of your bookmarks, history, and autofill data from Google Chrome. There is also a new tab page layout that lets users choose which types of news they want to be seen on their new tab screen.

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