Microsoft’s Chromium-Powered Edge Browser Revealed, Leaked Build Pops Up Online

Joanna Estrada
March 25, 2019

Based on The Verge's screenshots, the new Edge has a clean, familiar look that seems to blend the design languages of both Edge and Chrome.

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Microsoft had confirmed support for Chrome extensions late past year, but it's obviously good news to see the actual realization of this feature, and the fact that it's already easy-to-use, and apparently working well, even in an early version of the new browser.

Installations work directly; it is no longer necessary to install browser extensions for Edge from within the Microsoft Store app. Dark mode has been added but it is only available via a testing flag.

Edge displays the extension installation dialog directly in the browser window. You will also be able to install Chrome extensions from Google's online store by flipping a switch in the settings. As Edge will be linked to a Microsoft account rather than a Google account, users will be prompted to import favorites, passwords, and browsing history.

A big change to the Chromium-based Edge will be with regard to extensions. Now this requires installing an extension on Chrome, but Microsoft contends this approach is inefficient. Better web standards support and support for Chrome extensions are certainly features that make the new Edge more attractive. Whether that is enough to convince users to stick with the browser remains to be seen. First impressions of these early preview builds are very good.

Back in December HEXUS reported that Microsoft had confirmed it would adopt the open-sourced Chromium code to transform Edge. It is possible that these will be introduced in a future version. Once up and running, you'll notice that despite being Chromium-based, there is a distinct Microsoft look and feel to the software.

Microsoft's new version of Edge is now in development internally, with a public preview expected within the next couple of weeks.

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