Microsoft has begun rolling out the much-awaited Chromium-based Edge browser with a new Windows 10 update for Windows 10 users, starting with Windows Insider in the release preview ring. After rolling out the update to Windows Insiders, the company will eventually make its way to everyone using the platform. This comes a month after the company made the browser available for download on all supported Windows and MacOS versions. The new update will replace the existing EdgeHTML browser engine and switch to the Chromium engine.
Microsoft’s Windows Insider Preview Program is a group of beta testers that receive new features early, and is an improved version of the latest Edge. Microsoft announced this approach for an updated Edge rollout in January, when the company announced new browsers available for download on Windows and MacOS devices.
Heads-up #WindowsInsiders, we have begun rolling out the new #MicrosoftEdge to the Release Preview ring. See this blog post from @kylealden with more info on Windows Update rollout plans: https://t.co/lLOKhUtnPE
— Windows Insider (@windowsinsider) February 25, 2020
The company first announced the Insider Approach in December 2019 after rumors spread about the company’s Internet. In addition, the company launched a public beta version of the Chromium-based Edge in August 2019, which was available to all Windows 7, Windows 10 and MacOS users.
The latest Microsoft Edge version comes with new privacy-focused features such as tracking prevention, which by default is able to limit tracking through advertisements and cookies. There is also a new tab page layout that lets users choose which types of news they want to see on their new tab screen. In addition, Microsoft has provided Microsoft search for AAD support, Internet Explorer mode, 4K web streaming, Dolby Audio, incoming to PDF, support for Chrome-based extensions, and Bing integration among others.