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Microsoft Provides Sneak Peek of Edge on Mac, 16 Years After Safari Replaced Internet Explorer [Update: Now Available]

Microsoft has kicked off its annual Build developer conference in Seattle with a preview of its upcoming Edge web browser for Mac.


In a blog post detailing new features coming to Edge, which is being rebuilt with the same open source Chromium rendering engine as used by Google Chrome, Microsoft provided a sneak peek at how the browser will look on macOS. While only a brief glimpse, the browser looks somewhat similar to Chrome.


Microsoft shipped its first preview builds of its revamped Edge browser for Windows last month, but the browser remains listed as "coming soon" for macOS. The Verge believes the Mac version will be available "very soon," likely including both the Canary and Dev channel builds as on Windows.

Edge will be Microsoft's first web browser on the Mac since Internet Explorer received its last feature update nearly 16 years ago. Internet Explorer was the default web browser on the Mac between 1998 and 2003, when Apple released Safari on Mac OS X Panther, which has been the default ever since.

Edge succeeded Internet Explorer as the default web browser on Windows in 2015 and is also available for iOS and Android.

Update: According to a post shared on reddit, a canary version of Microsoft's Edge browser is now available for download. [Direct Download Link]



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2 weeks ago
Some may dismiss this as "only" a Chromium browser, but I think it could be popular amongst those who would rather trust their data to Microsoft than to Google.
Rating: 36 Votes
2 weeks ago
Options are good...
Rating: 25 Votes
2 weeks ago
I've never used Edge in my life.
Rating: 14 Votes
2 weeks ago
Semi-tangential observation: I think it's somewhat sloppy that the dock in the macOS screenshot above includes Microsoft Office apps that do not have the most up-to-date icons. You would think that a video coming from Microsoft itself would highlight the newest versions of its own flagship products.

That screenshot serves as a great "nutshell" reminder of some of the fundamental differences between Apple and Microsoft.
Rating: 12 Votes
2 weeks ago
Something literally nobody asked for or wanted, thanks for spending the time MS
Rating: 12 Votes
2 weeks ago
Running Chromium Edge on Windows right now and if they put half an effort into it, you might want to check it out. They are gutting some stuff from Chrome and making a browser that is much more efficient and lighter weight than Googles.
Rating: 9 Votes
2 weeks ago

But ... why? I can't imagine what this browser can do that Safari or Chrome can't ... and I'm not sure who the user base is.


It syncs with OneDrive, runs the Chromium engine, and doesn't come with Google's telemetry.

I think they're releasing a Mac version just because Chromium is cross platform and it isn't hard for them to do it. I doubt they expect too many people to actually use it. I wouldn't be surprised if a Linux version follows shortly behind.
Rating: 8 Votes
2 weeks ago
Whenever I can use Safari, I use Safari.
Whenever I cant, I use Chrome.
I would rather Microsoft spend the effort for something else... Maybe compatibility for iWork files with Office apps? Gonna be way much more useful/helpful
Rating: 8 Votes
2 weeks ago

In my industry there are still dinosaur companies who only develop for Internet Explorer and not Chrome and Safari. So this would be welcome, although not solving the problem of the short sighted dinosaur developers.


This browser (and really any Microsoft browser on Mac OS in history) has had little to do with Windows IE other than the icon being similar.

A better browser built on Chromium open source:

https://brave.com/index/


Doesn't Brave inject it's own ads into your web browsing?
Rating: 7 Votes
2 weeks ago

In my industry there are still dinosaur companies who only develop for Internet Explorer and not Chrome and Safari. So this would be welcome, although not solving the problem of the short sighted dinosaur developers.


Edge is not IE. Even more now that they switched to Cromium. Something that only runs on IE will still probably not work on Edge.
Rating: 5 Votes

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