Microsoft Seeds Beta Version of its Edge Browser for Windows and macOS

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Yesterday, Microsoft revealed its first beta release of the upcoming Microsoft Edge browser for Windows and macOS users.

Until yesterday, the Edge browser was available as a preview build, however, Microsoft has now released its official beta.

Microsoft stated that its aim with the Microsoft Edge browser is to create better web compatibility with better performance for customers while making sure there’s less fragmentation of the web for web developers.

During the preview period, Windows and Mac users downloaded Microsoft Edge over one million times, and the Microsoft company received more than 140,000 individual pieces of feedback to improve the web browser.

Microsoft Edge for Mac was created to be similar to the Microsoft Edge experience on Windows, however, it has “user experience optimizations” designed to make it feel more Mac-like.

A list of available features on the Microsoft Edge beta release can be found below.

  • Microsoft Search built-in to Bing, which will reduce the time spent looking for things at work by intelligently connecting an organization’s people, documents, sites, locations and conversations.
  • Internet Explorer mode, which streamlines today’s not-so-great experience of viewing the web through two different browsers by bringing Internet Explorer 11 compatibility directly into Microsoft Edge, creating one simple experience.
  • Windows Defender Application Guard helps to isolate enterprise-defined untrusted sites, protecting the company while employees browse the Internet.

Apart from the new features and periodic updates for bug fixes, Microsoft is expanding its Edge browser security program to the beta channel, offering rewards of up to $15,000 for finding key vulnerabilities.

Users can download the Edge beta for Windows and macOS here.

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