Microsoft's Answer To Google Chrome Has Landed

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Microsoft has finally launched its latest browser, Edge Chromium, and it's based on Google's open source software. Here's what you need to know and whether it's worth testing out.

RIP Internet Explorer (1995-2020)

Today, Microsoft officially launched its new browser, Edge Chromium, into the wild. 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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Microsoft kicked it off with Internet Explorer when it became the number browser for the first decade or so after the internet's invention. But since it was released, much of the world has shunned Internet Explorer, which was replaced by Microsoft Edge in 2015, when other browsers like Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox came around offering a faster and better user experience.

It seems the company has gotten the message after Edge failed to capture the users it probably hoped to. It's instead taken on the old adage — if you can't beat 'em, join 'em — and has launched Edge Chromium using Google's open source software. As of 16 January, the new browser has been released into the wild giving users who want the ease and familiarity of Chrome with the features Microsoft offers.

How do I download it?

Head to Microsoft's Edge landing page and hit that download button for your compatible device. Interestingly, despite Microsoft putting Windows 7 out of commission just days earlier, it's offering downloads for the old operating system though it's not advisable due to the lack of security and technical support.

Is it worth trying out?

Yes, I have volunteered to download the new Edge browser as a public service. I'm personally a hater of Internet Explorer and have successfully avoided using Edge since I made the switch to Firefox and Chrome many years ago. With the short play around I've had, on the surface level, it's just a Google Chrome browser with a Microsoft skin, which makes sense. It's light and more responsive than the former Edge but that's in part due to me not yet loading much into it. How it will fare if I start using it as my primary browser remains to be tested.

But that's just my quick run of the browser. Since it's free, there's no harm in trying it for yourself if you're sick of Google or Mozilla and want to give another major browser a chance. If you give it a whirl yourself, let us know what you think in the comments.

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Comments

    I've been using it in beta. Seems very Chrome-y. Collections is a nice addition and point of difference.
    Still using Firefox as my default for now, because of its multi-account containers and sidebar (for tree-style tabs), but have also been playing around with Wavebox 10 (https://wavebox.io/) and might make it my default soon, despite the lack of tree-style-tabs-sidebar (it does do a sort of per-tab profiles thing like multi-account containers, though not quite as nice).

    Last edited 16/01/20 11:56 am

      I checked that Wavebox browser out and actually it is pretty cool. I just needed to make those icons/interface smaller in settings for my liking. I will be using this browser when I work, so easy to access all the websites/apps I use! Really handy. Thanks. :P

      Also on side note it is really nice to have a browser just for work, keeping all the history and stuff separate from my personal stuff makes it a lot cleaner.

      Last edited 16/01/20 7:20 pm

        Yeah, Wavebox used to be Electron-based, and not so much a browser but just a home for your web apps (like the main window is). Now that it's based on Chromium, it's basically a full browser of its own now and I find I'm using it a lot more as a browser than I thought I would.

    Ummm, IE was most definitely not the number one browser for a decade after the "internet's invention". The first popular world wide web browser (which came many years after the internet existed) was probably Mosaic. It was usurped by Netscape which was the leading browser for some time before Microsoft released Internet Explorer and started bundling it with later releases of Windows 95. This mildly illegal move ensured that IE did become the leading browser and Netscape subsequently lost the plot. They did release it as an open source project, thus creating the Firefox project you're familiar with. That's from memory but surely dear author some simple Googling would have revealed that information??

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