If you have not been living under a rock, you will know that Microsoft has been testing preliminary versions for the Chromium-based Edge browser for quite some time. Well, now it seems that Microsoft is confident in the stability and features it has incorporated into its browser, since Edge is now open for everyone's beta test.
The Chromium-based Edge browser has been available on the Canary and Developer channels for quite some time, but now we finally have a beta channel for the browser as well. It will be updated every six weeks which means that it will be more stable compared to daily or weekly updates for other channels.
“Beta is the third and final preview channel that will be put online before launch. As we launch Beta, we remain committed to offering a high quality product and embedding the fundamentals of a great browsing experience, " mentions Joe Belfiore, corporate vice president of Microsoft Windows Experiences in an official blog post.
The beta version means that Microsoft will now see an influx in the number of users who are willing to try the new Edge browser. Preliminary versions have already had a great response, with more than one million downloads and 140,000 individual comment reports. You will get access to all essential functions, including dark mode, online tracking prevention and Chromium extensions support (for which you can visit the Microsoft Edge Insider Add ons Store or Chrome Web Store). There is also support for 14 languages on board.
Some of the popular features are currently not available, but are accessible through banners, even with the beta version released today. The best example of this is monitoring prevention, which you must enable to choose between 3 levels of privacy: basic, balanced and strict. I also appreciate that the "Collections" feature allows you to export multiple tabs to a Word document or spreadsheet to use as quotes. He is now live in the construction of the Canary Islands and should arrive with the official launch sooner or later.
So, if you want to give Edge another chance, you can go ahead and download the beta versions for Windows 10 and macOS right here. And once you have the opportunity to play with the browser, let us know your opinions in the comments below.