Windows 10 & # 039; s new Edge with Chromium browser preview build drop today

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The first examples of the new Microsoft Edge built on Chromium are going live today for developers and other users interested in what Microsoft is working on in its new browser. These early examples are intended for developers, with the primary goal of testing web compatibility and performance. Additional functions such as inks and better support for the touchpad will come later this year.

These first examples are for Windows 10 only, including Windows 10 S. Older versions of Windows and macOS examples will appear later.

Microsoft & # 39; s Corporate Vice President of Experiences and Devices, Joe Belfiore, said the following of the announcement:

In these first builds we are very focused on the foundations and have not yet included a wide range of functions and language support that will come later. You will begin to see differences with the current Microsoft Edge, including subtle design finishes, support for a wider selection of extensions, and the ability to manage your login profile. We look forward to people kicking the tires and refining the function over time based on the feedback we receive.

Edge with Chromium availabilty

Microsoft Edge is available today through two preview channels, Canary and Dev, with a total of four channels scheduled for the end of the year. Those channels are as follows:

  • Canary: This branch is now available and is designed for pre-release code that has not yet been fully tested and as such is the most unstable branch and is intended for those who want to live on the border of new functions and changes. This branch is updated daily.

  • the V: This branch is now available and is primarily intended for developers who need access to upcoming features for consumers to ensure that their websites and extensions work as intended. This branch is updated once a week, with code tested in the Canary ring, so it should be slightly more stable.

  • beta: This channel comes sometime in the summer and is intended for normal users who want earlier access to the latest features, without having to worry too much about bugs and stability issues. This channel is updated less often than Canary or Dev, but will get new features that will be sent for production soon.

  • Production: Comes in the fall, this channel is for the public. If you are a regular user, use this version of Microsoft Edge. This is the version of Edge that is shipped as standard on Windows 10 and is designed for consumers and business customers. It will be updated less often with new features than the beta channel, but all of those features and changes are stable.

A Chrome-like approach to Edge with Chromium

This is exactly how Google manages the development of its Chrome browser, with four channels updated on different cadences with different levels of stability. Just like Chrome, the new Microsoft Edge is updating itself, which means that it needs to be updated in the background when a new version is available without you having to think about it. You can also go to the Edge settings and search for updates, if you want.

If you are a Microsoft Edge user today, you do not need to do anything. If you want to test the new Edge, go ahead, but it will not replace the old Edge browser that is built into Windows 10. Microsoft plans to replace the old Edge as soon as the new Edge is stable enough for production use. However, I do not expect this to happen at the beginning of next year.

Download the new Microsoft Edge

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