Chrome-based Microsoft Edge goes into beta on Windows and macOS

by admin-kervin

O Microsoft Edge closer to final version: Chromium-based browser has a version beta for Windows 10, 8.1, 8, Windows 7 and macOS. You can enable crawl lock, install Google Chrome extensions, use Internet Explorer mode, and customize the new tab with wallpapers and a news feed.

Microsoft Edge

It was already possible to install Microsoft Edge on the Canary and Dev channels. On Tuesday (20), the browser gained the most stable new Beta channel, with features that passed the quality tests.

Edge is available in 14 languages, including Brazilian Portuguese. The new tab has “In Focus” modes, which only display the search bar and pinned sites; “Inspiring,” with the Bing Day image in the background; and “Informative,” highlighting the Microsoft News feed.

You can install Google Chrome add-ons by going to Extensions and enabling “Allow extensions from other stores”; You can also install them from the Microsoft Edge Insider Addons page.


You can activate the dark theme by going to Settings> Appearance> Theme and choosing the option Dark; this works on any version of Windows and not in macOS. Chrome also has a night mode, but it's tied to the system: that is, you have to use dark mode in Windows 10 or macOS to activate it.

Microsoft Edge

Microsoft Edge blocks trackers, not ads

Edge brings a feature called Tracking Prevention for increased privacy when browsing the web. It blocks trackers, not ads. You can configure it on three levels:

  • basic: blocks only malicious trackers that collect your data and send it to sites you haven't visited before;
  • balanced: blocks malicious trackers and some third party trackers;
  • Strict: Blocks almost all third-party crawlers, and may break some websites.

Must go to edge: // flags # edge-tracking-prevention to enable Crawl Prevention. After reopening the browser, go to Settings> Privacy & Services to use it. This is not a crawler-only ad blocker, but Microsoft offers ad blockers in its extensions store.

Microsoft Edge

There is also Internet Explorer mode, aimed at companies. According to Microsoft, more than 60% of organizations worldwide still need to switch between IE and a modern browser. Edge tries to simplify this work by loading specific pages with the IE 11 engine.

The new Edge has been downloaded over a million times and has received 140,000 feedback comments. Microsoft has offered over 1,000 commits to Chromium, an open source project. In addition, she removed several Google frameworks to, in some cases, put her own; The list below lists the main items present in Chrome and missing in Edge.

Missing Features in Microsoft Edge

With information: Microsoft.

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