ZDNet: Meet the new Microsoft Edge: Your move, Google. “In 1995, at the dawn of the Internet era, Marc Andreessen famously predicted that his rocket ship of a startup, Netscape Communications Corporation, would soon reduce Windows to ‘a poorly debugged set of device drivers.’ Netscape is, alas, long gone, and Andreessen’s bold assertion is just a footnote in the great book of Internet Quotes, but it eventually came true. Sort of.”
PC World: Microsoft will begin replacing Microsoft Edge with its Chromium-based browser next week. “Microsoft said in November that the new Chromium-based Edge would begin replacing the ‘traditional’ Edge, which uses Microsoft’s own EdgeHTML to render pages. Yusuf Mehdi, corporate vice president in charge of Microsoft’s Modern Life & Devices Group, told PCWorld that the process would begin on January 15.”
BetaNews: Release candidate of Chromium-based Microsoft Edge available to download now — full launch coming January 15. “Today, after various beta builds, the company is launching the release candidate of the new Microsoft Edge for both Windows and macOS. It has also revealed that the date for general availability is January 15.”
TechCrunch: Microsoft’s new Chromium-based Edge browser is now in beta. “Microsoft today launched the first beta builds of its new Chromium-based Edge browser for Windows and Mac. The new beta channel, which will see a new update roughly every six weeks, will join the existing dev and canary channels, which will continue to see daily and weekly updates, respectively.”
Neowin: Microsoft’s Chromium-based Edge browser now available for Windows 7, 8, and 8.1. “Microsoft first started offering public previews of its new Chromium-based Edge browser over two months ago. At the time, it was for AMD64 Windows 10 PCs only, but since then, it’s expanded to x86 Windows 10 PCs, and to macOS. Today though, the firm announced that you can now test out the browser on older versions of Windows, including Windows 7, Windows 8, and Windows 8.1.”
Ars Technica: Hands-on: First public previews of Chromium-based Edge are now out. “Microsoft’s switch to using the Chromium engine to power its Edge browser was announced in December last year, and the first public preview build is out now. Canary builds, updated daily, and Dev builds, updated weekly, are available for Windows 10. Versions for other operating systems and a beta that’s updated every six weeks are promised to be coming soon.”
Neowin: Chromium-based Edge leaks in its entirety, and you can install it now. “Over the last few weeks, there have been lots of leaks around Microsoft’s new Chromium-based Edge browser. First, we reported on screenshots that were leaked, then there were support documents, an extensions page, and even an installer that didn’t work. But now, the full browser has leaked for anyone to try out.” This is a third-party leak and therefore is not necessarily secure. I would recommend against installing this unless a) you have a sandbox machine to play with or b) you are made entirely out of rabbits’ feet.