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!
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…