Wednesday, January 15th 2020

The new Microsoft Edge Browser is out of Preview and now Available for Download

A little over a year ago, we announced our intention to rebuild Microsoft Edge on the Chromium open source project with the goals of delivering better compatibility for everyone, less fragmentation for web developers, and a partnership with the Chromium community to improve the Chromium engine itself. At Ignite, we unveiled our new vision for the web and search, our colorful new icon, and how Microsoft Edge + Bing are the browser and search engine for business — and we are thrilled by the growing excitement we've heard from all of you who've tried it out and sent feedback!

From this incredible momentum, today I'm pleased to announce the new Microsoft Edge is now available to download on all supported versions of Windows and macOS in more than 90 languages. Microsoft Edge is also available on iOS and Android, providing a true cross-platform experience. The new Microsoft Edge provides world class performance with more privacy, more productivity and more value while you browse. Our new browser also comes with our Privacy Promise and we can't wait for you to try new features like tracking prevention, which is on by default, and provides three levels of control while you browse.
Another innovative new feature in Microsoft Edge allows you to customize your online experience. Choose a new tab page layout or design, and select the types of news you want.

Microsoft Edge user interface
The last several months have been nothing short of inspiring for all of us working to deliver great new capabilities for Microsoft Edge including AAD support, Internet Explorer mode, 4K streaming, Dolby audio, inking in PDF, Microsoft Search in Bing integration, support for Chrome-based extensions, and more.

If you're a business or education IT administrator looking to deploy widely in your organization or school, we have you covered as well - you can download offline packages and policies and learn more on the new commercial site.

Internet Explorer legacy mode animation
People have downloaded the preview channels of the new Microsoft Edge millions of times to their devices, and we've seen many organizations begin to pilot these channels for their users. Enterprises and schools who have mission critical legacy applications and websites - but also want modern web and security - have turned to our new Internet Explorer mode as a "best of both worlds" solution. And for Microsoft 365 customers, using Microsoft Search to find files, people, office floor plans and more on your organization's intranet is as easy as typing in the Microsoft Edge address bar. Our early customers are calling it "a win."

Moving to the new Microsoft Edge - what to expect
Now that we've reached this milestone, you might be wondering what to expect on your PC. To get the new Microsoft Edge you have two choices: you can either manually download it today, or if you are a general consumer user, you can wait for it to be automatically released to your device via Windows Update. When you do make the switch, your favorites, passwords, form fill information and basic settings will carry over to the new Microsoft Edge without you having to do anything. You can read more about our rollout plans here.

If you're an IT administrator, you will need to download an offline deployment package to pilot within your corporate environment—the new Microsoft Edge will not automatically deploy for commercial customers. Additionally, none of the Microsoft Edge preview channels will update to the new Microsoft Edge, as they can be used side-by-side for testing and validation.

We also know that deploying a new browser isn't just "flipping a switch," so we want to make the process as easy as possible. In addition to simplifying deployment with tools like Intune and Configuration Manager, we are committed to helping your organization transition to the new Microsoft Edge. At Ignite we announced FastTrack and App Assure support for Microsoft Edge. FastTrack will help you deploy Microsoft Edge to your organization at no extra charge if you are a customer with an eligible subscription to Microsoft 365, Azure, or Dynamics 365. And if your sites are compatible on Internet Explorer 8 and above, Google Chrome, or legacy Microsoft Edge, then they'll work on the new Microsoft Edge. If not, contact App Assure and we'll help you fix it.

What's next
Of course, the innovation, testing, and new features don't stop coming today, and this initial release is only just the beginning. If you want a sneak peek of what's coming, we encourage you to keep using our preview channels - Beta, Dev and Canary - which will remain available for download on the Microsoft Edge Insider site. Not only will you get an insider's look at our features pipeline for Microsoft Edge, but you'll continue to have the opportunity to help improve Microsoft Edge with your valuable feedback. Your input helps make both the new Microsoft Edge, and the web, better for everyone.

Thank you!
A huge thank you to our community of Microsoft Edge Insiders as well as the engineers within the Chromium community who have worked with us to develop the new Microsoft Edge. We remain committed to actively participating in and contributing to the Chromium open source project. To date we've made more than 1900 contributions across areas like accessibility, modern input including touch, speech, digital inking, and many more.

Keep telling us what's working well, what needs to change and what you'd like to see in the new Microsoft Edge.

Our heartfelt thanks - we couldn't have made it here without you!
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116 Comments on The new Microsoft Edge Browser is out of Preview and now Available for Download

#1
TheDeeGee
I don't feel like reinstalling.

Can i convert my Beta to Final?
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#2
ZhangirDuyseke
So excited! Already deleted Google Chrome and ready to fully migrate to Microsoft Ecosystem.
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#3
Ubersonic
TheDeeGee
I don't feel like reinstalling.

Can i convert my Beta to Final?
IIRC you can just install Final, then copy the contents of the "C:\Users\YOURUSERNAME\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Edge Beta" folder into the Final one, job done.

This is how it worked when moving between Canary/Dev/Beta so should be no different.
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#4
Liquid Cool
ZhangirDuyseke
Microsoft Ecosystem
Yep... :). Microsoft is the new Apple alright.

Best,

Liquid Cool
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#5
Octopuss
ZhangirDuyseke
So excited! Already deleted Google Chrome and ready to fully migrate to Microsoft Ecosystem.
Chromium.
I don't think you're deleting Google at all.
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#6
ZeppMan217
Give your data to Google or Microsoft, pick your poison.
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#7
r9370
Firefox is my daily driver, I use MS Edge for the odd website where there's a compatibility issue with Firefox and have chrome installed though never use it unless I really have to for some reason. I would like to keep the non chromium version of Edge and hope they don't force it through an update..... Though that seems like wishful thinking knowing Microsoft. :slap::laugh:
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#8
TheDeeGee
Ubersonic
IIRC you can just install Final, then copy the contents of the "C:\Users\YOURUSERNAME\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Edge Beta" folder into the Final one, job done.

This is how it worked when moving between Canary/Dev/Beta so should be no different.
Just tried that, but it somehow messes up the window.

Syncing Data is bugged as well, it syncs some really old bookmarks and none of my passwords.

EDIT: Okey, overwriting old data seems to work.

I'll just keep Beta installed incase something isn't working right ^^
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#9
Prime2515102
This appears to have Firefox-like cookie management (i.e. you can have it delete all cookies when closing with exceptions, etc.). Did the old Edge add this or is it new?

I actually don't even use that feature anymore (I keep no cookies) but it's nice to have if you don't want to keep cookies except for sites you want to be logged into when you return.
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#10
dir_d
How do enable Dark Mode?
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#11
bug
Meh, if I didn't Edge with its own engine, why would I use it now when it's yet another skin on top of WebKit/Blink?
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#12
thebeephaha
I really don't understand why anyone would care or want this. It's just a reskinned Chrome to let Microsoft steal your data. The Microsoft ecosystem is worse than Google or Apple. Microsoft couldn't even make a competent browser on their own, they just bailed and went with Google code. :laugh:
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#13
bug
thebeephaha
I really don't understand why anyone would care or want this. It's just a reskinned Chrome to let Microsoft steal your data. The Microsoft ecosystem is worse than Google or Apple. Microsoft couldn't even make a competent browser on their own, they just bailed and went with Google code. :laugh:
I love it when people complain companies are robbing them and stuff. If you're so convinced the company is crooked, why are you doing business with them in the first place?
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thebeephaha
bug
I love it when people complain companies are robbing them and stuff. If you're so convinced the company is crooked, why are you doing business with them in the first place?
All companies are crooked. And I'm not really "doing business" with them. Sure I use Windows 10 (the majority of users do), but I've disabled/blocked all of the phone-home garbage built into the OS.

Pick the lesser evil that's best for you. I don't use, nor will I ever use a Microsoft provided browser. I trust Microsoft with my data less than Google or Apple, though they are arguably about as crooked in the grand scheme of things.
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r9370
bug
I love it when people complain companies are robbing them and stuff. If you're so convinced the company is crooked, why are you doing business with them in the first place?
when there is no competition (and that includes linux as as good as it is these days is still not a viable alternative to Apple or MS for 98% of people and the number of users despite all its improvements over 20+ years just reinforces this) then there is little choice, it is the same with mobiles, there is google or apple, nothing else so we feel we have a choice but the only choice is which is the lesser evil?

thebeephaha
All companies are crooked. And I'm not really "doing business" with them. Sure I use Windows 10 (the majority of users do), but I've disabled/blocked all of the phone-home garbage built into the OS.

Pick the lesser evil that's best for you. I don't use, nor will I ever use a Microsoft provided browser. I trust Microsoft with my data less than Google or Apple, though they are arguably about as crooked in the grand scheme of things.
of course you do business with them you use their os and ecosystem for 99% of your online activity in exchange for them harvesting all your data
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#16
bug
r9370
when there is no competition (and that includes linux as as good as it is these days is still not a viable alternative to Apple or MS for 98% of people and the number of users despite all its improvements over 20+ years just reinforces this) then there is little choice, it is the same with mobiles, there is google or apple, nothing else so we feel we have a choice but the only choice is which is the lesser evil?


of course you do business with them you use their os and ecosystem for 99% of your online activity in exchange for them harvesting all your data
You can use a phone just for phone calls, you know? Nobody's forcing you to record your whole vacation with it or post only every meal you have ;)
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#17
r9370
bug
You can use a phone just for phone calls, you know? Nobody's forcing you to record your whole vacation with it or post only every meal you have ;)
Who said anyone is forcing you? yes you can buy a dumb phone but again the majority rules and most people do everything on their phone/tablet as they do their PC banking social media, media consumption, purchasing etc. It doesnt change the fact that now people are the product and they pay with their privacy and data, i don't use social media btw but I'm damn sure everything else I do on my phone, desktop laptop streaming box et al is all being recorded and stored (I don't care, it's mostly pron and the media, forums, shopping, random searches about the meaning of life etc) so it's not just about instagram and facebook, technology as good as it is these days, we have paid a heavy price for and it's a thin line between the corporations who harvest all this data and the governments who would love to own and control all this data. Pretty soon there won't be a difference... get your tin foil hats at the ready.
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#18
bug
r9370
Who said anyone is forcing you? yes you can buy a dumb phone but again the majority rules and most people do everything on their phone/tablet as they do their PC banking social media, media consumption, purchasing etc.
That was my whole point: why do all that on a phone and then complain the phone maker is stealing your stuff?
But enough of that now, we're off-topic.
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#19
r9370
bug
That was my whole point: why do all that on a phone and then complain the phone maker is stealing your stuff?
But enough of that now, we're off-topic.
Because why does the phone maker need to steal my stuff so I can shop and watch youtube and pron or W/E? lol what a stupid argument... it doesnt matter whether it's a phone, laptop, set top box etc we have pretty much traded all of our privacy and intimate details in the name of technology advancement, it's not about the phones, it's computers, phones hard wired phones, tablets, alexa, hey google, fridges, TV's etc etc anything that can be recorded is being.. period. 1984 is here.
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#20
Ubersonic
dir_d
How do enable Dark Mode?
Settings > Appearance > set theme to "Dark" (there should also be an auto that sets it to whatever Windows is, but that's the manual trigger).


thebeephaha
I really don't understand why anyone would care or want this. It's just a reskinned Chrome to let Microsoft steal your data.
Actually it's a reskinned Chromium, just like Google Chrome is. I've been using it as main browser since last August (Google shot themselves in the foot when they killed off Chrome Remote Desktop as millions of us were no longer tied to them) and IMO it's a better browser than Chrome. Looks better, runs all the same extensions, plus extra extensions and it's a bit snappier plus works fine with all the sites that previously only ran properly under IE so it's great for business use too.
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#21
Ravenas
I don't understand the point. It is lacking many features, such as synced tabs, app store with desired apps, and themes. The only advantage to using this is that it has slightly more privacy features than Chrome, but not by far.

In my opinion, users should either use Firefox or Chrome at this point. Edge may be viable once it matures, but right now it is still essentially in beta.
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#22
eidairaman1
The Exiled Airman
r9370
Firefox is my daily driver, I use MS Edge for the odd website where there's a compatibility issue with Firefox and have chrome installed though never use it unless I really have to for some reason. I would like to keep the non chromium version of Edge and hope they don't force it through an update..... Though that seems like wishful thinking knowing Microsoft. :slap::laugh:
Ie plug in for firefox...
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#25
lexluthermiester
I've never been a fan of Microsoft's browsers. It's a trust thing. But I decided to give this a try. Took all of 10 minutes to dislike it, and 2 hours more to hate it. No Thank You Microsoft!

thebeephaha
It's just a reskinned Chrome to let Microsoft steal your data.
That's what I was thinking.
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