Global tech giant, Microsoft launched today the beta channel for its new Chromium-based Edge browser which is now open for downloads for both Mac and Windows computers.
The company said that the beta channel is the most stable Microsoft Edge preview experience because beta users will have access to major updates every six weeks. Microsoft says that each release incorporates learnings and improvements from their Dev and Canary builds.
“Today I’m thrilled to announce that a Beta release for the next version of Microsoft Edge is now available for all supported versions of Windows and macOS. Our goal with Microsoft Edge is to create better web compatibility with better performance for our customers while ensuring less fragmentation of the web for all web developers,” said Corporate Vice President Joe Belfiore in a blog post.
“Our community has been with us on this journey from the beginning, and your feedback is making it possible to improve rapidly.”
In an announcement page, where users can also download the new Microsoft Edge, the company said that users could expect major updates consistently in the next few weeks.
“Major version updates can be expected roughly every six weeks, alongside periodic minor updates for bug fixes and security,” the company said in the announcement.
In the last few months, Microsoft has released a series of previews for the Microsoft Edge browser in order to solicit for feedback. With this activity, the company was able to gather 140,000 pieces of feedback. Furthermore, the company was also able to obtain a sufficient amount of telemetry from the early adopters. The company used the information in order to make sure that the new Microsoft Edge is premium.
Now, the company feels like they are now sure that the new browser will work in a wide range of machines and that it is stable enough for enthusiasts, web developers, and business users to give it a try before its wider release.
The company has already put up all necessary infrastructure in place and have already done thorough testing in the past to make sure that the company can easily respond and release an update once they discover a bug and fix it immediately.
Similar to how other browsers like Chrome, Firefox, and Safari are developed, Microsoft Edge also underwent the Canary and Dev channel phase before they released their Beta channel. New interesting features have already been released by Microsoft in the past two channels that are built. For example, in the current Canary channel, Microsoft has incorporated a universal media control tab that allows users to control video and music streaming like Youtube and Spotify without switching tabs. However, Microsoft said that this specific feature is still not included in the Beta channel, but they will roll them out in the next coming months.
Nonetheless, Microsoft said that while the new Microsoft Edge is still in preview phase, the new browser is conducive and suitable for everyday use. Belfiore added that he is excited to unveil the new Beta browser for it has different ways to be customized and supports at least 14 languages.
For example, the new browser allows users to control what they want to see first when they open a new tab and could choose between Focused, Inspirational, and Informational layout. It also allows the user to customize and personalize the built-in news feed in the browser.
Users can also set a dark theme or visit the Microsoft Edge Insider Addons store or other Chromium-based web stores, such as the Chrome Web Store, to add their favorite extensions. A tracking protection feature is also in place in the new browser.
“You can personalize your experience further by enabling tracking prevention, a feature designed to protect you from being tracked by websites that you don’t visit. Today, this feature is behind a flag but you can enable it in the Beta builds,” reads Microsoft’s announcement blog.
“When enabled, a customer will be able to choose from three levels of privacy – Basic, Balanced, and Strict. Additional features that we showed at the Build 2019 Conference will come to the Beta channel in the coming months. Collections are already available for testing in the Canary channel today,” they added.
If you wish to download the beta channel, you can get the download link here.