How To Beta Test Microsoft's New Chromium-Based Edge Browser

Joanna Estrada
April 14, 2019

Click the button next to your desired build and download it.

Try downloading again. Uninstall your Microsoft Edge Insider build and try downloading again. Also, expect to encounter some bugs and other technical issues, as the new iteration of Edge is only available through two of Microsoft's three beta build branches: "Dev", which receives weekly updates, and "Canary", which receives daily updates.

Chromium-based Edge Rolls Out This early version of Edge built on Chromium is all about the fundamentals of browsing, reliability, and extension support, and Microsoft is seeking feedback on its first attempt. Microsoft notes that much of its work so far has been on the underpinnings of its revamped browser. A Linux sibling of Microsoft Edge is yet to be confirmed, but given that the Chromium engine also supports this platform, there's no doubt that at some point in the future Microsoft would look into this project.

The Favorites bar is a toolbar that resides under the Edge address bar and contains favorites that have been added to it.

The company promised to ship more versions in the coming months, including for Windows 7 and Windows 8.1, both of which should run the browser just fine thanks to the transition to Chromium.

"We're working directly with the teams at Google and the broader Chromium community on this work and appreciate the collaborative and open discussions", said Joe Belfiore, corporate vice president at Microsoft per The Verge. As such, he advises users to "stay tuned". Edge on Chromium feels and performs similarly to Chrome for the most part, although one can argue it runs more smoothly. Microsoft's Fluent Design tweaks might separate this version of Edge from other Chromium-based browsers in terms of aesthetics.

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