Microsoft has launched its new Edge Chromium browser today across Windows and macOS. The browser was announced well over a year ago when Microsoft announced its plans to switch to Chromium. The browser replaces the current Edge version once installed and allows for better synchronization between your current browsers installed on your PC and Mac.
For now, users can head to the Edge Chromium site to install the browser manually but Microsoft will automatically replace the browser in the future through a Windows 10 update if you don’t. The company seems to be confident that its slow and steady approach to the new browser will bring new users into the fold. Come June and July of 2020, everyone with Windows 10 will have this browser on their device whether they like it or not.
Some keys features of the Edge Chromium browser includes Chrome extension support, tracking prevention, and a Collection features which allows you to collate images and content from the web. As for the tracking, Edge Chromium offers three levels to avoid being tracked and even on default, the web browser blocks tracker from sites you have not visited before. According to Microsoft, this makes sure content and ads are less personalized and harmful trackers are blocked.
The browser also features a strict setting that blocks the majority of trackers on the web. Edge Chromium also features some nifty enhancements over Chrome like the support for 4K Netflix with Dolby Atmos and Dolby Vision.
- Can sync to your Google account
- Let’s users install extensions from the Google Chrome store
- Works on Windows 10, macOS, Android and iOS
Right now, Edge Chromium seems to be the most privacy-conscious browser you can get and anyone who values their online privacy should test it out. I need a change of scenery so I will be using it for a while to see what the fuss is about.
You can download the new Microsoft Edge Chromium browser from the site.