Microsoft Launches Beta Version of Microsoft Edge Browser for Windows and macOS

Microsoft today announced the launch of a beta version of its upcoming Microsoft Edge browser, which is available today for Windows and macOS users.

Previously, the Microsoft Edge browser was available as a preview build, but Microsoft has now graduated to an official beta. Microsoft's beta channel represents more stable software than the preview channel.


Microsoft has said that its aim with Microsoft Edge is to create better web compatibility with better performance for customers while making sure there's less fragmentation of the web for web developers. During the preview period, Windows and Mac users downloaded Edge more than a million times, and Microsoft received more than 140,000 individual pieces of feedback to improve the browser.

Microsoft Edge for Mac is designed to be similar to the Microsoft Edge experience on Windows, but with "user experience optimizations" that are designed to make it feel more Mac-like.

The beta version of the Edge browser features new personalization options, such as tab page customization, dark theme support, and extensions from the Microsoft Insider Addons store or other Chromium-based web stores like the Chrome Web Store.

Tracking prevention has been added to protect users from being tracked by websites, built-in Microsoft Search for Bing, and Internet Explorer mode with Internet Explorer 11 compatibility.

Microsoft is also expanding its Microsoft Edge browser security program to the beta channel, offering rewards of up to $15,000 for the discovery of high-impact vulnerabilities.

The new Microsoft Edge beta can be downloaded for free from the Microsoft website. There's still no word on when the Edge browser will see a launch, but it's likely there will be a few more months of beta testing before that happens.



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5 weeks ago
For what it's worth, I greatly prefer Microsoft Edge over Google Chrome. Essentially the same app minus Google creep features.
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5 weeks ago

Why would you say that?
There is no proprietary features like the old IE days.
Its compliant with all current web standards.

It's not so much about browser standards compliance, it's more that the most popular rendering engine (Blink, used by Chrom/e/ium, Opera and now Edge) is effectively controlled by a non-neutral party. Sure, it's "open source", but ultimately Google calls the shots.

It's also worth mentioning, Chrome is bloated with a huge amount of non-standards, some of which Google utilises to give it an advantage over other browsers when using Google products. Use YouTube in Chrome, then try running it in Firefox - you'll see different behaviours.

I strongly discourage anyone from using Chrome, there are better browsers available - especially on the Mac. While I'm sure Microsoft will be carrying out data collection too, I trust Microsoft with my data a lot more than Google.
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5 weeks ago

What a sad day for the World of web development...

Why would you say that?
There is no proprietary features like the old IE days.
Its compliant with all current web standards.
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5 weeks ago

Why would you say that?
There is no proprietary features like the old IE days.
Its compliant with all current web standards.


It's also more monoculture, though.

These days, "web standards" are largely whatever Google deems worthy of pushing through the consortium. They 'conveniently' already have a working implementation, and the W3C has basically given up on a proper standardization process, instead calling HTML a "living standard". It's gotten a lot harder for Mozilla and others to compete.

(The story is more complicated than that, and Microsoft sure isn't innocent, but yes, losing a browser engine is a net loss.)
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5 weeks ago

For what it's worth, I greatly prefer Microsoft Edge over Google Chrome. Essentially the same app minus Google creep features.

i rather trust microsoft than google
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5 weeks ago
Downloading Edge on a Mac would be like voluntarily asking to be injected with a disease or virus, and not in a vaccine method approach.
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5 weeks ago
Weird... The version I already have installed (78.0.244.0) is newer than the one on that link (77.0.235.9).
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No thanks, I keep Safari.

Edge runs like crap on my work computers, crashes continuously.

Then your IT Department sux.
My team maintains a 10,000+ users network. Everyone uses Edge, no crashes or odd issues.
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5 weeks ago
What a sad day for the World of web development...
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5 weeks ago
you know, I used to make fun of this a year ago . . . but the more I've looked into google's practices (not to mention ad blocking changes) and have taken more consideration into my own web privacy, I've realized this isn't a bad thing. Chrome is a powerful browser, but a poor choice regarding privacy. More options like this will add to the fight to make the web a better place.
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5 weeks ago

Wait. Does this mean they are brining the IE11 engine over to Mac? I don't want to get unnecessarily excited, but this would be big for testing during web development. My guess is that it's something far more dull than that, but can anyone shed some light on this?


This is only an educated guess, but: no, it probably doesn't mean that — it's probably simply an embedded IE web view, making it effectively Windows-only.

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Yup. It's marked as a Windows-specific feature.

Unless they want to build either Wine or some VM into the Mac version of Edge (which may not be worth it, as IE-only sites aren't even that common, with an obvious downwards trend), it will likely stay that way.
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