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Update On New Microsoft Edge Browser

By April 25, 2019May 19th, 2022Technology News

Microsoft is slowly inching closer to a mainstream release of a new version of its Edge Browser for Windows 10, this one based around Chromium technology.

Recently, Microsoft released Canary, a developer build for the new browser.

Any member of the Windows Insiders group can get access to the early build if they want a sneak peek at what’s to come.

The company has promised beta builds in the months ahead, along with builds that are Windows 7.8.1 and Mac OS compatible.

If you decide to take a look at the current state of the code, it’s important to remember that the new Edge should still be considered in pre-Alpha state and is focused on the basics for the time being. That means there’s not a lot in terms of functionality just yet.  In fact, at present, the new Edge looks more or less like the old Edge, minus language support, PDF support, tab sweeps and smooth scrolling.

Consider it to be a scaled back version of the current Chrome browser with built in MSN news feeds.  As such, these early builds may be of interest to enthusiasts, developers and early adopters who want to start getting a handle on the state of things to come. Honestly though, a casual user won’t find much of interest here.

While Microsoft has had a poor track record where its browsers are concerned, the hope is that their new offering designed with Chromium at the core, will be more of a success. They hope to leverage the vast strengths of industry leader Google.  That, however, remains to be seen.  Even so, there is undeniable value to developers and a few other select groups to get in on the fun now so they can develop a better understanding of the shape and direction of the new Edge as its contours begin to emerge.

Jason Manteiga

Jason J. Manteiga, Vice President of Olmec Systems, has been part of the company for over the past 20 years. He believes that having a great work environment and supportive team, is the ultimate key to success. Since being in the IT realm for over 25 years, Jason, along with Olmec Systems, has been on the Inc. 5000 “List of America’s Fastest Growing Private Companies” and Channel Futures MSP 501 “Top Managed Service Providers in North America,” along with other awards and nominations. Jason earned his Bachelor Degree in Information Systems from the New Jersey Institute of Technology. He also holds certifications in Microsoft MCSE, VMWare VCP, and Cisco CCNA. In his spare time, Jason is a contributor for The Center for Social & Legal Research (Privacy Exchange) and a member of the Morris County Chamber of Commerce. His hobbies include cycling and kayaking. He currently lives in New Jersey with his wife, two daughters and son.