The Chromium-based Microsoft Edge (version 79 stable) browser has been released for the public after over a year of development. It promises to deliver better compatibility across devices and platforms. It is available for download for Windows, macOS, Android and iOS, with support for 90 different languages.
With growing competition in the market, Microsoft shut down its age-old Internet Explorer browser over five years ago and replaced it with Edge browser. However, that didn’t fair well for Microsoft either, and over a year back the company announced that they’d be redesigning Edge to a Chromium-based browser.
The new Edge browser also brings several privacy features including tracking prevention, with different levels of control while you browse — similar to features on Firefox and DuckDuckGo. Alongwith Smartscreen feature, tracking prevention aims at protecting end-users from phishing schemes, malicious software and malware such a cryptojackers.
The renewed browser also brings more customisations for the homepage with new tab page layout and design. Favourites lists, passwords, auto form fill data, and other basic settings from your old Edge browser will be carried over to the new one after the update.
Users can download the Chromium-based Edge browser here now, or wait for an upcoming Windows update, which will update the browser for them.
The browser is expected to get a major update (Edge version 80) in February as it will be entering the beta stage soon.
Those at educational institutions or corporate organisations will need to contact their system administrator to update Edge to its latest version as there won’t be any automatic updates rolled out to their systems.
Enterprise users in Edge browser will also be able to search for their internal company information such as people, office location, floor plans, among others, directly via the well-integrated Bing search, which has been updated too. This will also work on mobile.