Microsoft's Chromium-powered Edge browser is out of beta, download it here

Polycount

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The browser first arrived in beta back in April, but today's Edge launch should hopefully be a bit more stable and feature-rich than it was in the past. However, don't expect anything revolutionary here.

Download shortcut: Microsoft Edge for Windows and macOS

The new Edge has the usual array of privacy and tracking prevention features you'd expect from a modern browser, Windows 10 "[optimizations]" (whatever that means), as well as access to both the Microsoft Web Store and the Chrome Web Store for all of your extension-related needs. Pretty standard stuff, for the most part.

Of course, one of the most significant changes arriving with the browser is its new look. If you asked a casual internet user to take a look at the browser and guess what it is (without the help of any branding), they'd probably assume they were looking at Google Chrome.

Aside from a slightly different tab shape in Edge and a few tweaked icons, the browsers look nearly identical in every way. That's not necessarily a bad thing, but it does mean existing Edge fans will have to get used to an entirely new UI, which might be easier said than done.

Nonetheless, if you like the look and feel of Chrome but don't necessarily want to buy directly into Google's ecosystem (outside of using a Chromium browser, that is), the new Edge might be a solid alternative. There are a few notable differences, of course -- Edge's default search engine is Bing, it offers Windows 10 users the ability to stream 4K Netflix video, and Microsoft has disabled or replaced several Chromium features for its new browser.

However, both pieces of software still offer a similar (or identical, in some cases) core user experience. Over time, Microsoft plans to roll out additional Edge-exclusive features to help the browser stand out, such as a "Collections" function that ties into Office 365, but they're still a ways off.

If you have any thoughts on the new Edge, whether they're positive or negative, feel free to drop them in the comments below.

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VitalyT

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Windows 10 "[optimizations]" (whatever that means)
It means the same Windows integration for power efficiency. Edge browser was the most power-efficient browser on the market, as it was tightly coupled with the OS core power and resource management. We should expect the same type of optimization here.
 

ZedRM

TS Booster
The day I no longer have a choice will be the day I use a chromium browser. I stopped using Opera when they decided to go chromium. I never did care for Edge, and now I will care even less.
To be fair, Opera is actually a very decent implementation of the Chromium browser.
 

Dosahka

TS Addict
To be honest I have used the Canary version (updated daily, and considered as Microsoft Dev version), I had no issues with it other than crashing unexpectedly, which is normal with dev versions. Also I'm using it on macOS, just to make things interesting.
on the +side: it has all the DRMs for streaming platforms, while Chrome missing some, specially the Microsoft DRMs.
 

Ben Myers

TS Enthusiast
Windows 10 "optimizations" means the usual undocumented APIs that allow Edge to do some tasks a little quicker than other browsers. Haven't we see this all before?
 

Bruno M. Villar

TS Enthusiast
Dudes...win 1909 is perfect for games, new edge chromium haves more features than vanilla chrome and windows defender is catching everything. Is it better to migrate to linux instead? Linuxers will gonna hate.
 

captaincranky

TechSpot Addict
Sooo, you admit you're a Nazi? 😂
Yes, but only on special occasions, and only for posts that earn and deserve it..

The subject is the person using Windows, the question pertains to Windows itself.

As written, the post asks Windows if it enjoyed itself playing games.
 
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