With the release of the full beta version of the browser for Windows and macOS, Microsoft’s revised Edge is officially ready to roll –and good for everyday use.
Microsoft describes in a blog post that while the latest browser is still in practice with this fresh beta release, “Microsoft Edge is prepared for day-to-day use” or actually good to go.
Previously, Chromium-based Edge preview versions were delivered in Canary and Dev flavors that represent a very early version of the test, and a relatively early version respectively.
Canary is updated daily, so it has very fresh changes, while Dev is updated weekly–and every six weeks the new Beta channel will receive major updates (along with occasional bug or security patches here and there).
In other words, all the really shaky things that could occur in Canary or Dev should have been completely weeded out for beta, and you’ll be left with a secure browser. As Microsoft notes, one that is good for everyday use.
Grab that beta
The new beta supports 14 different languages and includes prevention of tracking (enabled through a flag). The beta build can be downloaded here.
Edge preview builds have been downloaded by all accounts over a million times, and Microsoft is further stressing its contributions to the Chromium engine, with more than 1,000 Chromium commitments being made.
We definitely saw Microsoft’s proof attempting to move Chromium forward–and thus not just the fresh Edge, but Google Chrome and other Chromium browsers as well.
This involves latest steps like planning to enhance the battery life of a laptop when playing back video, as well as better integration with Windows 10, and more.
All this is part of Microsoft’s big drive forward on the open source front, which has been going on for some time now, on a broader level.
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