Edge Chromium is Ready for Prime Time (Says Microsoft)

By | January 16, 2020
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Edge Chromium is Ready for Prime Time (Says Microsoft)

Microsoft unabashed copy of Google Chrome, formerly known as Edge Dev and Edge Chromium is out of beta testing and ready for prime time – according to Microsoft.

I’ve been using Edge Dev (Edge Chromium) since the first beta came out and from my personal experience, it beats the old Edge, with its strained interface and convoluted settings, hands down. It’s so much like Chrome, if you like Chrome you’ll like the “New Edge”.

According to the Microsoft Blog, the new Edge will replace the original Edge. You can get it now or you can wait for it to be delivered to you via Windows Update.

Chrome is my browser of choice – if you like Chrome, you’ll almost certainly like the new Edge. If you don’t like Google, and love Microsoft, here’s your chance to get a close relative of Chrome without getting near Google.

The new Edge is so much like Chrome that you can use Chrome extensions with it.

To enable Chrome extension support on the Chromium Edge browser, do this:

1. Open Microsoft Edge.
2. Click the Settings and more (three-dotted) button in the top-right.
3. Select the Extensions option. …
4. Turn on the Allow extensions from other stores toggle switch. …
5. Click the Allow button.

If you are using Windows 10 your current version of Edge will be replaced by the Chromium-based “new” Edge. You can download it now or wait until it’s installed via Windows Updates. 

I think this it is a good decision by Microsoft to get rid of the old Edge and replace it with the Chromium-based Edge that is very similar to Google Chrome. If you can’t beat ’em, join ’em!

You can download the new Edge from here

Or keep on reading the following excerpt from the Microsoft Blog to learn more about the new Edge.

Upgrading to the new Microsoft Edge


The new Microsoft Edge is now out of preview and available for download, with today’s release of our first Stable channel build (Microsoft Edge 79 stable). You can download the new Microsoft Edge today at microsoft.com/edge.


In this post, we’ll walk through what you can expect now that the new Edge channel is open – including how the update will roll out, how you can get started testing and what to expect from the preview channels going forward.


The work of upgrading devices to the new Microsoft Edge across hundreds of millions of Windows PCs around the world won’t happen overnight. Our goal is to make this process as simple and non-intrusive as possible to deliver a great experience, while minimizing risk to users and organizations.


Installing the new Microsoft Edge

You can get the new Microsoft Edge for Windows and macOS today by downloading it directly from microsoft.com/edge. When you install Microsoft Edge on an up-to-date Windows 10 device, it will replace the previous (legacy) version on your device. In some cases, you may be prompted to install additional updates. Your favorites, passwords, and basic settings will carry over to the new Microsoft Edge automatically. Web apps (including those built on EdgeHTML), and Microsoft Edge preview channels (such as Dev or Canary) will continue to work without interruption.


If you’re using Microsoft Edge on iOS or Android, you don’t need to take any action – your device will update automatically…


Read the rest of this Microsoft Blog here.

5 thoughts on “Edge Chromium is Ready for Prime Time (Says Microsoft)

  1. Harry

    Same old antiquated rubbish from Microsoft. No menu bar, no file and tools. Really retrograde steps. Can’t even save a site, no send to menu as there is in explorer. Yes, you can have a favourites bar, but what a rigmarole to see your imported favourites. No left hand favourites menu. I’ll go on using Internet Explorer until it becomes redundant. Won’t Microsoft ever learn?

  2. Helen

    I have been using Microsoft Edge Dev since I got new computer with Windows 10. Microsoft Edge Dev is a lot like Chrome and I haven’t had any problems with it.

  3. Sandy E

    Which is better Edge Dev or Chrome? I’m using the old Edge right now, I used Chrome on my old computer, but this new computer came with Edge. Not sure if I should switch to Chrome or go to the new Edge Dev.
    Any suggestions. Which do you like working with?

    1. infoave Post author

      Choosing a browser is a very personal choice. It’s like asking me if I prefer green or blue. The best browser for you is whatever browser you like best.

  4. Marinus Pieck

    Chrome was my browser of choice – if you like Chrome, you’ll almost certainly like the new Edge. If you don’t like Google, and love Microsoft, as indeed I do, here’s your chance to get a close relative of Chrome without getting near Google.
    I truly enjoy the new browser, Microsoft Edge. It is fast and very user friendly. It also allows numerous websites I use frequently; in fact a total number of eleven, which appear readily when I open up this new browser .


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