Sticking to its release schedule, Microsoft has today officially launched the new Edge browser, complete with updated logo and built entirely on the same Chromium foundation that Google's popular Chrome browser was constructed on.
The Chromium-based Microsoft Edge browser can now be installed on macOS and Windows 10 computers. This marks the final nail in Internet Explorer's coffin, with the last vestiges of IE's Trident engine no longer in use.
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Enterprise and Education devices won't receive the new Microsoft Edge web browser at this point in time.
Google is preparing to shut down a go-to tool for Edge developers and users as it announces plans to phase out usage of user-agent strings for the Chrome browser. It is also available as a standalone download for Windows 7, Windows 8.1, Windows 10, macOS, iOS, and Android. Prior to the release of the stable build of Edge, the beta version had been available for macOS for several months. "We adopted the Chromium open source project in the development of the new Microsoft Edge to create better web compatibility for our customers, and less fragmentation of the web for all web developers", notes Microsoft.
The latest Microsoft Edge version comes with new privacy-focussed features such as tracking prevention, which is enabled by default to limit tracking through ads and cookies.More news: VA Governor Bans Guns on State Capitol Grounds, Declares ‘State of Emergency’
Upon its initial start-up, the new browser gives you the option of importing all of your bookmarks, history, and autofill data from Google Chrome.
While it may be tempting to switch to the new Edge right away, users need to be aware that core features are not available yet.
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Microsoft began signalling the transition to the new Edge a year ago. There is also a new tab page layout that lets users choose which types of news they want to be seen on their new tab screen.