New Edge on the last straight. I checked the production version of Microsoft s browser

Unofficially, but the production development channel of the new Edge browser is already running. For now, this is only formal. However, classic Edge has very little life left.

This plan did not work out. Microsoft has not been able to use Internet Explorer's inertia to conquer the modern browser market. Edge - which we will conventionally refer to as the classic Edge in this text - has not managed to conquer the market without ever breaking out of its margin.

There could be many reasons for failures. Edge, deservedly or not, inherited the bad reputation of Internet Explorer. It wasn't a perfectly working browser, although it was safe and snappy. It appeared on the market, which was already dominated by Chrome, not giving so many reasons to abandon Google's browser. For a very long time it was not available for mobile phones. And finally: it developed very slowly, having to wait for major Windows updates to receive any non-service upgrade.

That's why Microsoft decided to end the doomed fight. The classic Edge built on the proprietary Spartan module (EdgeHTML + Chakra) has ceased to be developed. The new Microsoft browser is built on the open source Chromium module (Blink + V8), which is also used by Chrome, Opera or Brave.

What is Chromium and what is the role of Microsoft in it?

Chromium is an open-source project that anyone can join. Everyone can use Chromium code to build their application, and everyone can suggest patches to it. So if Microsoft or Opera come up with an interesting solution, they can propose it for implementation - if the moderators agree, it will go to the mainstream browser development, thanks to which all project members will benefit. Chromium, however, is not completely free and independent. The group of moderators mentioned above consists exclusively of Google employees.

However, all this does not mean that every browser built on Chromium is identical. Individual creators can introduce proprietary, including proprietary and secret code solutions to the application layer. So they can implement their own innovations into the interface or as part of additional functions directly related to rendering of web pages and applications.

Chromium is today the dominant force on the Internet. Most Internet users use a Chrome browser or built on Chromium, and web developers are increasingly - as in Internet Explorer - optimizing their creations not for web standards, but for solutions specific to Chromium. Needless to say, the classic Edge did not handle such cases well.

New Edge from today in a stable channel. For now, however, only unofficially and only from a formal point of view.

Microsoft, imitating Chromium members, has created four development channels for the new desktop Edge: Canary, Dev, Beta and Stable. The first two are now officially available. The Canary Channel is the least tested and most experimental - only for the bravest users - and updated daily. The Dev channel is designed for website developers so that they can test their creations with the new Edge, it is slightly more stable and updated weekly.

Two more are expected soon. Beta updated every few weeks, for ordinary users who want to help in testing the browser, but do not want to deal with very early, unstable code. And finally stable, i.e. the production channel - updates will be sent to ordinary users from there.

Today, these last two channels have been launched, although only formally. Links to them are hidden from Internet users, and the stable channel doubles the content of the beta channel. No, this is not the official premiere of the stable version of the new Edge yet. However, by installing the browser from the Stable channel, at some point we will be automatically transferred, without further action, to the production version of the browser.

The Edge Stable installer is available on the Microsoft server at this address . Please keep in mind that the installer has not been officially released and cannot be treated as a final, safe product. The new Edge also replaces the classic Edge, hiding it deeply from the user in the system - deciding to install, we have to say goodbye to the previous Microsoft browser. Edge Stable inevitably is also behind Dev and Canary builds - not even lived yet Polish interface, which is already present in these more experimental compilations.

How it's working? It's Chrome, so that's good.

As for the speed of work and the load on the computer - I'm testing the version for Windows 10, the desktop Edge will also be available for older Windows and macOS - it's hard to complain about anything. Chromium for Windows has been significantly improved in this respect in recent months. The new Edge is neither better nor worse compared to Google's browser in this context, it would be difficult otherwise.

Comparing the work of both browsers, the differences in favor of one or the other were so small that I consider them as measurement errors. If you're happy or content with how Chrome works on your PC or tablet, Edge won't disappoint you. And similarly, if Chrome causes problems in terms of the load on device resources, the new Edge will not be a panacea.

In addition to speed and compatibility with web applications, the new Edge also has other chrome features. This means the browser's built-in ability to cast content via the Chromecast format and almost the same way in which the new Edge treats web and PWA applications, even the controls for their installation work in the same way.

And it is compatible with almost all Chrome extensions.

When I put the word almost here quite asekuracyjnie. In theory, not all extensions should work. Microsoft has deliberately not implemented Google's proprietary Google solutions, including relevant APIs to bind individual services of this provider. Extensions that even refer to a Google Account should not work. In practice, however, I did not come across any such non-working extension, although of course I did not check all. Even those from Google work.

By default, Edge allows you to install extensions only from your own repository. Their catalog can be viewed from any browser, it is available at this address . In Edge settings, however, you can turn off the security lock and install extensions from any source, including those from the Chrome Web Store. Work.

Well, but is it worth to replace Chrome with Edge?

This is the most important of all questions. In truth, I don't have a good answer. Because just as Microsoft Edge grows into a great browser, so the market dominates another - the one from Google. Edge has some interesting improvements over the competitor. These include extensive browser installation and configuration management options for company admins or very extensive accessibility features for people with disabilities - the latter I want to test someday with the help of a competent expert. However, for a typical user, there are few arguments for switching from Chrome.

In fact, today I can only mention two. First of all, Microsoft has ensured that third-party proprietary closed solutions from the classic Edge get to this new - I mean advanced content security mechanisms, thanks to which we can, for example, stream content from Netflix in higher quality.

Secondly, I don't feel comfortable providing Google with a lot of data about me and I'm certainly not alone in this. People who, like me, trust Microsoft much more than Google, they may be interested in such Chrome, but probably better protecting privacy . Especially since the new Edge is or will be available for Windows, macOS, Android and iOS, there is also a version for Linux.

For now, however, the new Edge is invariably more curiosity than the Chrome-Killer. Is this a good browser? Yes, it works well now and it is supposed to be better. Is it worth giving up Chrome or Opera for him? For now ... not very. It will not be worse, but not much better.



New Edge on the last straight. I checked the production version of Microsoft's browser

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