Microsoft's Chromium-powered Edge browser is now in beta


21 Aug 2019

Now, you can try Microsoft's Chromium-powered Edge browser: Here's how

Microsoft has released the revamped Chromium-powered version of its Edge browser in beta.

The super-snappy browser comes with a number of capabilities and is ready for everyday use, according to the Redmond giant.

It would be updated every six weeks and is way more stable than the previously released Canary and Developer builds of Edge.

Here's all you need to know about it.


Chromium-powered Edge: As fast as Chrome

Chromium-powered Edge: As fast as Chrome

Microsoft started working on Chromium-powered Edge as part of an effort to upgrade the browser with the speed of Chrome and some fancy features at its end.

It is now available in beta but was initially released as part of preview builds that Microsoft says have been downloaded over a million times and improved with more than 140,000 pieces of feedback till now.


Added features in the new Edge browser

Along with the speed of Chrome, the new Edge also brings features like a dedicated dark mode and online tracking protection.

Not to mention, it will also get the ability to read out websites aloud and save opened tabs in a Window into a word document with proper formatting - a feature that comes handy in comparing objects while shopping.

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Also, you will get the ability to download Chrome plugins

Notably, Chromium-powered Edge would also provide the option to download third-party plugins from both Microsoft's Edge Insider Addons store and Google's Chrome Web Store - the best of both the worlds.

Plus, there will also be an Internet Explorer compatibility mode that would let you view specific sites with the IE11 engine, just in case some site requires it.


You can test the beta version right away

You can test the beta version right away

Having said that, you can try the beta version of the browser by heading over to Microsoft's Edge Insiders site and hitting the 'Download Beta Channel' button.

The release is available for macOS and Windows 10 but it is important to note that this is still not a stable release.

So, there's a chance that you may encounter some minor bugs here and there.

Stable release

No word on stable release yet

You can try the beta version right away but Microsoft has not said much about when it would release the stable version of the browser.

Hopefully, the company will fine-tune the browser with the feedback from beta testers and make it available sometime in early 2020.

Testers finding vulnerabilities in the beta version would also be rewarded with cash prizes up to $15,000.

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