Microsoft has confirmed its intentions to make Chromium-based
Edge ready for the general public by January 15 after beta
testing the browser for nearly six months. Over the past two
days, Microsoft unveiled the new logo of Edge,
highlighted the plans of the Linux version and the future
of web at the Redmond firm.
Anyone can download the Beta, Dev, and Canary builds of
Microsoft Edge on Windows 10, 7 and macOS but the stable build
is not yet available.
According to Microsoft, the stable Edge will finally become
available on January 15, which means Edge will also offer a
stable and smooth experience like every other browser.
Previous reports suggested that Windows 10 20H1 (Spring 2020)
update will come bundled with new Edge, but it wasn’t clear how
the firm plans to push new Edge experience to older versions of
As per another report, Microsoft Edge will roll out to users
gradually. It’s likely that cumulative updates will implement a
change that would facilitate the transition on Windows 10.
Initially, Microsoft will enable new Edge for a small handful
of users before rolling it out to more users.
The rollout depends on feedback from customers and Microsoft’s
own internal testing. It’s also worth pointing that Microsoft
previously A/B testing hiding old Edge when new Edge is
running, although the changes were later removed.
You will probably get access to the new Edge instantly when you
clean install Windows 10 after January 15. Unlike the
legacy/classic Edge, the newer browser will update
independently from and more frequently.
Microsoft Edge may have a bright future as the firm has big
plans for the browser, including a strong focus on privacy and
security where Google lagging behind.
With Chromium Edge, Microsoft also hopes to hit one billion
users and rival Google Chrome.