After testing its next-generation Chromium Edge browser for several months, Microsoft announced that it’s ready for a more stable beta release. Windows 10 and MacOS users can now get the beta, which will be updated every six weeks.
Still, you can expect to see all of the major features we’ve been hearing about in the new Edge, like dark mode, online tracking prevention, and that speed boost. This will be the last test version of the browser before its official release.
“We’re going to beta today since our browser bits are now hitting the criteria we’re expecting: our data says the browse is reliable, compatible, has good battery life … and is fast,” said Joe Belfiore, CVP of Microsoft Windows Experiences. He tells Engadget, “It’s ready for people to install and use as an ‘everyday browser.’ Beyond the data we also hear a bunch of people saying directly, ‘this is so good, you guys should take it to beta… it’s more stable than we would have expected from a dev or Canary.'”
People say it feels as fast as Chrome, but with Microsoft’s features and that there are not many stability issues. There is an Internet Explorer compatibility mode, which lets you view sites with the IE 11 engine within tabs, and you can also install plugins from the Edge Insider Add-Ons store and Google’s Chrome Web Store.
There are also collections which let you save a window full of tabs and export them into a Word document with proper reference formatting, or as a list of links in a spreadsheet. If you often end up doing lots of research for school or just need to compare products, this is awesome.