Microsoft Edge browser based on Google's Chrome comes to macOS

Ruben Fields
January 16, 2020

After the lackluster web browsers that Microsoft has recently been responsible for (Internet Explorer and Edge), the company has been hard at work reinventing the latter of the two from the ground up. While there have been stable releases before, all of these were not officially released by Microsoft.

Today Microsoft is making the new Edge web browser available to download for Windows and Mac.

Edge is available from Microsoft's official page and is compatible with macOS, iOS and Android, as well as Windows 10, 8.1, 8, and even Windows 7, which has now officially entered the "unsupported" phase of its life. The move to Chrome's open-source engine means that last remaining link to the original IE browser will soon be gone.

If you don't want to wait, however, you can download the new Edge right now at Microsoft.com/Edge, the company added.

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Windows users who install the new Edge on their devices will have important data, passwords, favorites and form-fill data among it, imported automatically in the new browser. It remains to be seen, though, if Edge's performance capabilities help it lure over seasoned Google Chrome users.

The new Edge web browser is based on Chromium, the same core that Google Chrome, Vivaldi, Opera, and numerous others rely on.

If you don't use Microsoft Edge, Microsoft specifically would like you to know that it won't migrate your browser preference to Edge. The Chromium foundation, however, gives Edge access both to Microsoft's list of curated plugins as well as the vast array of extensions available via Google's Chrome Web Store, which offers far more flexibility than the old Edge ever did.

Microsoft began signalling the transition to the new Edge a year ago.

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