Microsoft has unveiled a new version of its Edge browser, built on Chromium.
The new internet explorer, which has been in development for more than a year, was built on the Google Chromium open source project, following widespread criticism of the previous version of the web browser, the successor to the now-iconic Internet Explorer.
Users can download Edge on Windows and macOS, which Microsoft says offers “world-class performance with more privacy, more productivity, and more value while you browse. “
Microsoft wants to create a new browser that not only offers better performance over their previous offerings but to provide improved web compatibility for today’s modern sites.
The company has also said it wanted to ensure there was less fragmentation for web developers, who now prioritize software and design primarily for Google Chrome browsers.
On the Mac, the new Edge browser has been given some added optimizations to make it flow with the rest of macOS, and extensions are now available, so users to choose additional functionality via the Microsoft Store and even download from the Chrome Web Store.
Unlike Google Chrome, Microsoft offers tracking prevention by default, in-depth customization options, and Bing as the default search engine browser.
What’s more, there’s an Internet Explorer mode if you want to view old web pages and content, and the company has unveiled an attractive new logo for the web browser, replacing the old ‘E’ Edge logo.
Perhaps the best part about the new Edge browser is that there’s also a dedicated Edge iOS app, so you can browse the web on your Mac and pick up where you left off on your iPhone.
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