Microsoft revealed today that it plans to release the first Stable version of the new Chromium-based Microsoft Edge web browser on January 15, 2020.
The company released the first Release Candidate build today to the public. Windows and Mac users may download the new build from the Microsoft Edge Insider website.
Users who don’t run Microsoft Edge Beta already need to download the Beta version of the new browser from the Microsoft website to test the Release Candidate build. It is version 79.0.309.11 which you can verify by loading edge://settings/help in the browser’s address bar.
Existing Microsoft Edge Beta installations should receive the new version as an automated update. The first stable version of the Chromium-based Microsoft Edge web browser will be released in January if things go according to plans.
Microsoft plans to release the browser for Windows and Mac OS X only at that point; the browser will support over 90 languages when it is released in January 2020. The, rather long-winded, post on the official MS Edge Dev blog provides little information in regards to the browser’s feature set. The post focuses on the Enterprise-exclusive Internet Explorer mode, the new Microsoft Edge logo that sets it apart from Internet Explorer, and automated testing options to test web applications and sites using the engine of the Edge browser.
Microsoft recommends that testing is done primarily using the Developer Channel version of Microsoft Edge as it offers “a good balance between Canary (which is essentially untested bits that are built every night) and Beta”.
Customers who are interested in the first stable version of Microsoft Edge may take a look at today’s Beta channel version of Microsoft Edge as it is very close to the first stable version that Microsoft plans to release in January 2020.
Classic Edge never managed to make a dent into the dominance of Google Chrome. While the browser benefited from its inclusion as the default browser on Windows 10 and several exclusive features such as support for 4K playback on Netflix, it never managed to get a strong enough foothold in the browser market.
The new Microsoft Edge browser that is based on Chromium will be faster and better than the old in many regards. Whether that is enough to convince Chrome users to switch to it remains to be seen.
Now you: What is your take on the new Microsoft Edge browser? Will you give it a try?
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