Microsoft has officially launched the first stable version of the Chromium-based Edge web browser. Chromium is an open-source project that powers the Google Chrome browser and is designed to provide a faster, safer, and more stable user experience.
The technology company announced its plans to rebuild Edge on Chromium to enable faster browsing performance and better security over a year ago.
However, the newly launched Edge lacks some features you would expect it to have. Microsoft has even published a list of features that are currently not available in the browser. Among them, there is extension and history sync, which Microsoft is planning to make available later this year. Apart from that, Chromium-based Edge is very much like Chrome and is full of various features, including compatibility with Chrome extensions, tracking prevention, an Internet Explorer mode, Dolby audio, 4K streaming.
A beta version of Microsoft’s browser has already been available for a few months before the stable and official version was launched. Microsoft Edge Chromium is now available for download on Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows 10, and macOS machines in over 90 languages. The Edge 80 update will arrive sometime in February 2020. Android and iOS users will have synchronization across platforms if they sign in with their Microsoft accounts.