Microsoft’s Chromium Edge browser is now officially available to test

Microsoft is making its Chromium-powered Edge browser available to developers today. The software giant is releasing its Canary and Developer builds, offering daily or weekly updates to the changes that are coming to Edge. Both downloads are available on Microsoft’s new Edge insider site, and they are designed for developers to get an early look at how Edge is changing.

Microsoft has focused on the fundamentals of browsing, reliability, and extension support for this early version of Edge built on Chromium, and the company is looking for feedback about the basics to start. Encouragingly, this new Edge browser runs surprisingly well, with full support for existing Chrome extensions. Microsoft is even building in sync support for things like favorites, browsing history, and extensions to sync across Edge. Favorites is only supported in this early version today, but sync support will be gradually improved before this new version of Edge is more broadly available in a beta version.

Both Microsoft and Google engineers have been working together to improve the underlying Chromium project so that Chrome and Edge run better on Windows. Microsoft has had around 150 commits accepted into Chromium, paving the way for improvements to Edge and Chromium on Windows 10. That includes improving accessibility, smooth scrolling support, Windows Hello integration, and things like ensuring the touch keyboard shows up reliably.



Microsoft announces new issue tracker for Edge


Microsoft has just kicked off its Microsoft Edge Web Summit 2016, and the company is explaining right now how it wants to change how it will deliver its new browser to the community. Microsoft has just announced a new issue tracker for Edge that will allow Microsoft engineers to better listen to user feedback. The new tool has been designed from the ground up and is directly integrated into Edge engineers workflow.

The new tool allow any user to report or search EdgeHTML issues, such as problems with site rendering or standards compliance. You will see more transparent progress from Microsoft as when you’ll file bugs, you can get notified about replies from the engineering team.

Microsoft Edge finally supports Extensions, available to Insiders now


Last night, Microsoft introduced Extensions support for Edge in Windows 10 Build 14291. The company released three official Extensions for Microsoft Edge yesterday, and more are expected to come later this year. Now, Microsoft’s Jacob Rossi today announced on Twitter that the company will be releasing a porting tool which will allow developers to port their Chrome extensions to Microsoft Edge. The company is apparently working on it now, and it isn’t finished as not all the APIs are supported just yet.


It is worth noting that porting Chrome extensions to Microsoft Edge is actually quite easy. If you are a developer, you will be able to port your Chrome extension to Edge pretty easily after changing several lines of code. Nonetheless, this upcoming tool should make porting Chrome extensions to Edge even easier, and we hope to hear more about it from Microsoft at Build 2016 later this month.

Windows 10: Extensions for Edge to arrive with Redstone in 2016


Microsoft Edge is an interesting browser, simply because it’s missing a rather hefty amount of vital features for people to want to make the switch from Chrome or Firefox. One feature that should have been there on day one but wasn’t, are extensions. Extensions are one of the main reasons people aren’t switching over to Edge, and now it appears users waiting to make the switch are going to have to wait a little longer.

Microsoft initially stated that extensions for Edge would arrive with an update “later this year”, but according to my contacts, there are no other feature updates after Threshold 2 that are scheduled for the end of this year. Extensions are yet to show up in the main development branch for Threshold 2 as well, and Microsoft still hasn’t started asking developers to port their extensions from other web browsers. With only two weeks left before Threshold 2 RTMs, there’s simply no time for Microsoft to ready extensions for Edge. So Instead, I hear Microsoft is planning to rollout the feature in 2016 with Redstone in the summer.

Insiders will likely get to mess with extensions before the summer however, as the Insider Program will likely begin receiving new Redstone builds way before RTM is released to the public. Microsoft will want developers and insiders to test (and develop) extensions within Edge, so when the update launches consumers will already have a number of extensions available for the browser. For those who don’t know, Microsoft is working on a bridge to allow extensions developed for Chrome to be easily ported to Edge with little to no code changes, much like the Project Astoria bridge.

Microsoft opens up even more, now sharing public changelog for Edge browser



Microsoft is using its new browser – Edge – to make a point: it wants to be more open. Case in point – the publicly accessible changelog.

Internet Explorer was infamously opaque. The company never provided detailed changelogs for its releases. Edge looks like it’ll be a different story.

A new area on the Microsoft Web platform site — where the company also tracks user requests for the browser — will detail the changes made to each release of the browser, such as additions of new Web standards or features.


This is a welcome change for Web developers, because they’re now able to actually find resources on what features are supported in which version and when they were added.

Microsoft doesn’t want developers building workarounds for Internet Explorer into their code anymore and it’s going to try to win back as many users as it can, so this change is a step in the right direction.

Edge Changelog

Microsoft announces Microsoft Edge

Today at Build 2015 in San Francisco, Microsoft announced its new Web browser called Microsoft Edge. This is the browser formerly known as Project Spartan.

Microsoft Edge, the new default browser will ship on all Windows 10 devices including PCs, tablets, smartphones, and Microsoft’s own tablet, Surface.

Microsoft Edge is the all-new Windows 10 browser built to give you a better web experience. Write directly on webpages and share your mark-ups with others. Read online articles free of distraction or use the offline reading feature for greater convenience. Microsoft Edge is the new browser that works the way you do.