Chrome-derived Edge browser:Beta is available

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https://www.cnet.com/news/microsoft-wants-you-to-beta-test-its-chrome-derived-edge-browser/?ftag=CAD090e536&bhid=21999500654237695608480878831630

Microsoft released the first beta version of its overhauled Edge web browser Tuesday -- and it wants you to help squash its bugs to smooth the way for the mainstream release in coming months. Microsoft's new Edge is built on top of Chromium, Google's open-source browser foundation for Chrome. The new Edge beta is available for Windows 7, Windows 10 and MacOS.

Until now, Microsoft had only released relatively unpolished Canary and dev versions that are updated rapidly with the latest changes but that aren't as well tested. The beta version is a step in the company's plan to once again offer a web browser that's useful and influential -- and that restores Microsoft's influence in the browser technology world.

"We're ready to take on a larger audience," said Joe Belfiore, corporate vice president of Microsoft Windows Experiences. "We want data about how the browser performs. Getting to a wider audience helps us improve the quality."

You can download the new browser beta at Microsoft's Edge Insider site.

Microsoft hopes to release the stable version of Edge in late 2019 or early 2020, he said. After that, perhaps after a few months, Microsoft will swap out the old Edge so all Windows 10 users get the new Chromium version.

You might be happy with Chrome or whatever other browser you're using, but Microsoft has a lot of customers, and there's significant interest in the new Chromium-based Edge. More than 1 million copies have been downloaded, Belfiore said.
 

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Is it possible to keep the original Edge and install the new Edge Beta ?
 

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Installed it, now I have Edge and Edge BETA.
 

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Even stable version has been out leaked already.

https://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?linkid=2069324&Channel=Stable&language=en

Downloading the build replaces the classic version of Edge on the Start Menu and the Taskbar. Uninstalling the new build reverts your system to using the classic version of Edge. Another notable difference is that the feedback icon in the address bar has been removed, as this stable release puts less emphasis on providing feedback.
'Stable' build of Chromium-based Microsoft Edge leaks online
 

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Just like Chrome, Edge is collecting lots of data too. Just Google it, you'll get dozen of proofs.
 

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So uh... Why should anyone use this over Chrome or Firefox...?
I suspect the majority will use it because they see it as part of the O.S. while the informed minority are likely to stick with other browsers. On the other hand I wouldn't completely dismiss it until I've seen it.
 

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I will still prefer to use Firefox. It is safe and secure, and even respects my privacy.
 

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On the other hand I wouldn't completely dismiss it until I've seen it.
It looks like this:
Edge_beta.JPG

I'm using it for about two weeks and satisfied with it.
Removed CCleaner's Browser just after 2 days of the trial.
 

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Right on schedule, Microsoft today released the first stable version of its new Chromium-based Edge browser, just over a year after it first announced that it would stop developing its own browser engine and go with what has, for better or worse, become the industry standard.

You can now download the stable version for Windows 7, 8 and 10, as well as macOS, directly. If you are on Windows 10, you can also wait for the automatic update to kick in, but that may take a while.

Because all of the development has happened in the open, with various pre-release channels, there are no surprises in this release. Some of the most interesting forward-looking features, like Collections, Microsoft's new take on bookmarking, are still only available in the more experimental pre-release channels. That will quickly change, though, as Edge is now on a six-week release cycle.

As I've said throughout the development cycle, Edge is a competent Chrome challenger and I have no hesitations to recommend it to anybody who is looking for a browser alternative. It's still missing a few features, most importantly the ability to sync your browser history and extensions between devices. I've never found that to be much of a roadblock to using Edge as my main browser, but your mileage may vary.
 
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