Sunday, 22 October, 2017

Microsoft Edge beta for iOS and Android

Microsoft announces Edge browser for Android and iPhone Microsoft Edge beta for iOS and Android
Kristine Garrett | 13 October, 2017, 15:57

Much as we are all excited about finally getting to try out Microsoft Edge on our lovely little droids, we need to wait as Microsoft works on availing the preview.

The experience here is quite similar to Microsoft Edge in Windows 10 for the most part, though. The app is available in preview starting today.

The company has also integrated Continue on PC functionality so that users can seamlessly continue what they were working on the smartphone to their PC. I appreciate the option to disable this, as I find it very intrusive on both mobile and Windows 10. Microsoft is, however, still committed to the EdgeHTML but due to several complexities, the decision to use the native web platform makes sense.

Microsoft says that features included in Edge for Windows 10, such as Favorites, Reading List, New Tab Page, and Reading View, will be included in the Android version.

Of course, it wouldn't be a good port without the ability to sync your data between devices, so Microsoft naturally allows its users to do so. With Windows 10 Mobile left largely unsupported by app developers, Windows PC users who have been forced to iOS and Android have been missing some of that extra compatibility. Microsoft Launcher includes three key features: The Feed, Customisations, and Continue on PC. We've seen a number of experimental and staple applications come from Microsoft to Android over the years and now we've learned we're getting two more. The sign up is available on the Microsoft Edge Mobile webpage. As of today, that is a reality for iOS users, at least for those enrolled in the Windows Insider program. The software giant has announced that it's making some changes to an old Microsoft Garage project that has become more popular among Android users.

Microsoft Edge for iOS and Android will launch initially only in US-English, "but we'll ramp to other countries/languages as we expand the preview", Belfiore said. It's literally the ideal browser for Windows 10 users who already use Microsoft Edge on their PC, but for the rest of us, it still has a long way to go - both on the phone and the desktop.

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