Eight-and-a-half months have passed since Microsoft’s dramatic announcement of Microsoft discontinuing its standalone browser development and switching to Google’s Chromium-based browser – and the first version of the general public browser was released last night.
The current version of Edge is still defined as beta, but the company says it is already stable and mature enough for regular users, unlike the developer versions available as of April .
After spending a few hours on the new Edge, one can be impressed that it is indeed stable and fast. It comes with an interface in Hebrew (though some of the translations are pretty tricky), and as you can see in the image, it has adapted to our operating system and has been shown in dark interface.
Microsoft has made many changes to the browser, which are expressed on a completely different settings screen than Chrome, and even with exclusive experimental features (flags), the browsing experience itself feels the same. For example, the synchronization connection is made with a Microsoft account and not a Google account; The company provides its own plugin store, although it can also be installed from the Google Store after installing from external sources; And one of the experimental features is blocking sites that the user doesn’t access.
However, not everything works yet: the beta includes syncing favorites, passwords, settings, and contact information, but doesn’t include syncing installed extensions, browsing history, and open tabs. Also, many exclusive features of the original Edge browser, which Microsoft announced that it intends to transfer to the new browser are not ready yet. So, for example, there is still no “read mode” for viewing articles with no distractions, options for commenting with Windows Ink, or Smart Search using Cortana.
The beta is available for computers running Windows 7 and above or MacOS and should be updated every six weeks. This is in contrast to the developer versions, one of which is updated every week and the other every day.