Microsoft has released the first stable version of the company's new Chromium-based Microsoft Edge web browser to the public. While there have been stable releases before, all of these were not officially released by Microsoft.
Windows and Mac OS X users may download the new web browser manually from the Microsoft website; many Home users who run Windows will receive it via Windows Update in the coming months as Microsoft wants to use Windows Update to replace the classic version of the Microsoft Edge web browser with the new Chromium-based version.
The browser is available in 90 languages and Microsoft updated the mobile versions of Edge with new icons to match those of the new browser.
Microsoft will roll out the new Edge over the course of months to the Windows population that runs Windows 10 on devices. Users who don't want to wait until it is their turn may download the browser manually instead to get started right away.
Enterprise and Education devices won't receive the new Microsoft Edge web browser at this point in time.
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The new Edge web browser is available for Windows 7 even though support for Microsoft's operating system ended on January 14, 2020 officially. Microsoft will continue to support the new Edge for Windows 7 for the time being.
Windows users who install the new Edge on their devices will have important data, passwords, favorites and form-fill data among it, imported automatically in the new browser. Import options from Google Chrome are provided next to that.
The new Edge web browser is based on Chromium, the same core that Google Chrome, Vivaldi, Opera, and numerous others rely on. In fact, there are only two main web browsers out there with a sizeable usage share, Firefox and Safari, that don't rely on Chromium.
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. The biggest missing feature at the time of writing is that some synchronization options, syncing of the browsing history or extensions, is not supported yet.
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