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Microsoft plans to release the new Microsoft Edge on January 15, 2020

Microsoft revealed today that it plans to release the first Stable version of the new Chromium-based Microsoft Edge web browser on January 15, 2020.

The company released the first Release Candidate build today to the public. Windows and Mac users may download the new build from the Microsoft Edge Insider website.

Users who don't run Microsoft Edge Beta already need to download the Beta version of the new browser from the Microsoft website to test the Release Candidate build. It is version 79.0.309.11 which you can verify by loading edge://settings/help in the browser's address bar.

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Existing Microsoft Edge Beta installations should receive the new version as an automated update. The first stable version of the Chromium-based Microsoft Edge web browser will be released in January if things go according to plans.

Microsoft plans to release the browser for Windows and Mac OS X only at that point; the browser will support over 90 languages when it is released in January 2020. The, rather long-winded, post on the official MS Edge Dev blog provides little information in regards to the browser's feature set. The post focuses on the Enterprise-exclusive Internet Explorer mode, the new Microsoft Edge logo that sets it apart from Internet Explorer, and automated testing options to test web applications and sites using the engine of the Edge browser.

Microsoft recommends that testing is done primarily using the Developer Channel version of Microsoft Edge as it offers "a good balance between Canary (which is essentially untested bits that are built every night) and Beta".

Customers who are interested in the first stable version of Microsoft Edge may take a look at today's Beta channel version of Microsoft Edge as it is very close to the first stable version that Microsoft plans to release in January 2020.

Closing Words

Classic Edge never managed to make a dent into the dominance of Google Chrome. While the browser benefited from its inclusion as the default browser on Windows 10 and several exclusive features such as support for 4K playback on Netflix, it never managed to get a strong enough foothold in the browser market.

The new Microsoft Edge browser that is based on Chromium will be faster and better than the old in many regards. Whether that is enough to convince Chrome users to switch to it remains to be seen.

Now you: What is your take on the new Microsoft Edge browser? Will you give it a try?

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  1. Bubba Snix said on November 4, 2019 at 6:28 pm
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    What will happen to the existing install of Edge at this location?
    C:\Windows\SystemApps\Microsoft.MicrosoftEdge_8wekyb3d8bbwe

  2. ULBoom said on November 4, 2019 at 6:44 pm
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    What is your take on the new Microsoft Edge browser?
    Love the Firefox logo they “created.”

    https://www.askwoody.com/2019/new-chredge-logo/

    Credge! Nice!

    Will you give it a try?
    Unlikely. Windows is a mess, no interest in being an early adopter of Chromedgium, something whose market space is a mystery.

    If anyone actually uses it, the upside is the inevitable cottage industry of hacks it will breed.

    1. owl said on November 5, 2019 at 2:43 am
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      Will you give it a try?
      Unlikely. Windows is a mess, no interest in being an early adopter of Chromedgium, something whose market space is a mystery.
      If anyone actually uses it, the upside is the inevitable cottage industry of hacks it will breed.

      I agree exactly.
      For Chromium, “Brave” is sufficient.
      But still stick to “Firefox ESR”.
      The decisive difference is the presence of “more flexible customization capabilities” and “addons.mozilla.org: Chameleon, NoScript, Tree Style Tab”.

  3. Cinikal said on November 4, 2019 at 7:14 pm
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    “Users who don’t run Microsoft Edge Beta already need to download the Beta version of the new browser from the Microsoft website to test the Release Candidate build.”

    FYI I installed 79.0.309.7 several days ago along side beta so not sure what you are saying there. Checked just now and it did updat to 79.0.309.11

    https://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?linkid=2069324&Channel=Stable&language=en

      1. Cinikal said on November 4, 2019 at 8:27 pm
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        @Amir I am at a loss here what to think of this at the moment other than what TechCrunch is pointing to says

        “Microsoft Edge is the browser for business The new Microsoft Edge is ready for enterprise evaluation”.

        I found the link I posted on startpage searching for “edge stable”.

      2. Cinikal said on November 4, 2019 at 10:12 pm
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      3. Amir said on November 5, 2019 at 3:00 am
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        Me too actually. how ever Edge download site says this now:
        Our preview channels will have a new look starting November 5.

      4. Amir said on November 5, 2019 at 3:27 am
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        I downloaded the installer from Techspot:
        https://www.techspot.com/downloads/7158-microsoft-edge.html
        But it doesn’t has a new logo after installation. Its the same version as a screenshot of Martin.
        https://i.imgur.com/lUPvW5d.png

      5. Cinikal said on November 5, 2019 at 10:43 pm
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        @Amir “But it doesn’t has a new logo after installation.”

        Just came in on 79.0.309.12

  4. George said on November 4, 2019 at 7:38 pm
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    The “new” Edge is yet another Chrome clone. I’ll gladly give it a miss.

  5. chesscanoe said on November 4, 2019 at 8:50 pm
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    I installed Edge Version 79.0.309.11 (Official build) dev (64-bit) and it left the prior installed Edge in place. Running Microsoft Windows [Version 10.0.18362.449]. I still plan to run Google Chrome (currently at Version 79.0.3945.16 (Official Build) beta (64-bit)) >99% of my browser time.

  6. JohnG said on November 4, 2019 at 8:58 pm
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    Will it have an uninstaller? All others chromium browsers have.

  7. Ron H said on November 4, 2019 at 10:43 pm
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    Microsoft revealed a release of the new Chromium-based Microsoft Edge web browser on January 15, 2020.

    So is it safe in saying Google will know where and everything your doing?

    Something to read, a little old:
    https://www.theverge.com/2019/4/8/18300772/microsoft-google-services-removed-changed-chromium-edge-browser

  8. VioletMoon said on November 5, 2019 at 1:22 am
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    Yes, it will have an uninstaller like the rest of Window’s bits and parts and pieces. Be warned, however, that uninstalling Edge may affect system stability and usability.

    In truth, I tried Edge not long ago and rather liked it. Spiffy, much faster than Chrome or Firefox. Surprised, I was.

  9. notanon said on November 5, 2019 at 6:44 am
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    Why would I use ANOTHER Chrome clone???

    Manifest v. 3 is coming for ALL Chromium based browsers (despite the lies from Brave, Opera, & Vivaldi they’re stuck with the Blink engine, which Google controls), so enjoy all your free, unblockable ads, LOL.

    When Manifest v. 3 is implemented, I’ll uninstall Chrome.

    When Trident Edge is EOL, I’ll be done with Microsoft Edge (probably not possible to uninstall it from Windows 10).

    Firefox is my primary browser, & I’ll use the Dissenter browser as my backup browser (for the handful of websites that won’t cooperate with Firefox).

    The Dissenter browser is based on Brave with all the evil stuff removed. Unfortunately, every other browser that’s not Firefox (or a hobby browser like Waterfox/Pale Moon) is based on Blink, so my backup browser is a Blink based browser (currently Chrome, after Manifest v. 3 it will be the Dissenter browser).

    BTW, I’m not stupid enough to use Waterfox/Pale Moon (hobby browsers for butthurt XUL add-on dinosaur users, who want to get hacked in the future).

  10. ilev said on November 5, 2019 at 7:19 am
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    The big question : why should anyone care.

  11. Pedro said on November 5, 2019 at 10:50 am
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    Been using it for months now as the Chromium-based browser in my setup (my main browser is Firefox).
    I like the implementation of Microsoft better than Google Chrome. It’s fast, integrates nicely with Windows 10, has a nice dark theme and I don’t have all the Google bits from Chrome.

    It’s also rock solid. I’m fairly sure there are other interesting Chromium browsers but I like this one a lot.

    1. FF15 said on November 5, 2019 at 1:43 pm
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      And you have all the bits from Bing. Microsoft spies now not only your OS activity, they spy your web activity too. Very clever. You give too much power to a single company. They know too much about you now. Yes, Microsoft is also an advertising company and sells your inforrmation, 1 of 3 ads in the states are theirs.

      1. Pedro said on November 5, 2019 at 4:41 pm
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        Oh no, the horror! They provide a decent service, and opposed to Google they don’t kill their products as often and provide better support.
        As for the OS, I much prefer Windows to MacOS and any Linux that I periodically try.

      2. FF15 said on November 5, 2019 at 9:21 pm
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        Microsoft fanboy dear Pedro? I have news for you. Microsoft killed Edge, yep they killed it. Now they give you a clone of another broswer. Will it work on your Windows phone? no… they killed that too.

      3. ilev said on November 5, 2019 at 9:41 pm
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        @Pedro
        “and opposed to Google they don’t kill their products as often and provide better support.”

        You mean like : Kin, Danger, Band, Windows mobile, Windows Phone, Windows 10 Mobile, the disasters of Surface, Windows RT, Windows 10, Windows 10x…..
        And 79 !!!pages of discontinued Microsoft software
        https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Category:Discontinued_Microsoft_software

  12. John G. said on November 5, 2019 at 4:35 pm
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    I think that I have used Edge two or three times in four years. Or less.

  13. Heimen Stoffels said on November 5, 2019 at 6:29 pm
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    You forgot to add that a Linux build will also be released next year: https://www.omgubuntu.co.uk/2019/11/its-official-microsoft-edge-is-coming-to-linux

  14. Rocket said on November 5, 2019 at 7:06 pm
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    Will this work on Windows 7?

    1. Martin Brinkmann said on November 5, 2019 at 7:18 pm
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      Yes Windows 7 is compatible.

      1. DaveyK said on November 6, 2019 at 10:21 am
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        A bit weird really that they’re providing support for Windows 7, yet the release version is due to ship the day *after* Windows 7 support is dropped.

        Unless MS thinks that businesses that pay for extra W7 support will want to deploy Chredge?

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