Microsoft has put an end to a series of rumors and leaks about the upcoming update "default browser" — the network appeared the first Assembly of the updated Edge. New features are a new engine from Google, enhanced functionality and redesigned interface.
The preview version of the updated Edge available for download is a lot like Chrome. Microsoft is also working on adding Fluent Design style settings, and advanced tab and handwriting features are expected in the future. In total, more than 150 changes were made to the browser code.
In addition to the transition to the Chromium engine, the new Edge has received support for numerous extensions for Chrome. Stated also sync favorites (already available in earlier versions), history and Addons previously installed using your Microsoft account. Other improvements include smooth scrolling of web pages, integration with Windows Hello, and stable operation of the touch keyboard.
"We work directly with Google teams and the Chromium community and value collaborative and open discussions. Some features are not yet fully represented in the browser you can install today, so stay tuned," said Joe Belfiore, Microsoft's Corporate Vice President.
Current English-language edge builds are only for 64-bit Windows 10. In the future, the company plans to add Windows 8, Windows 7 and macOS to the list of supported operating systems. You can download a preliminary version of the Microsoft browser, assembled on Chromium, today on the official website of the company.