The new Chromium-based Microsoft Edge is now available

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Microsoft is hoping that will change this year with a brand new version of Edge, based on the Chromium engine. The stable version of the new Edge is listed as Edge 79.

That said, if you're running Windows 10, you will be receiving the new Edge as an update, at some point in the next few months.

More specifically, I've seen users reporting that the browser installed in Japanese, Italian, German, and French, despite the language on their Windows devices was configured to English.

The bigger problem if this bug occurs is changing the language to English or whatever you want could be really hard if the browser picked something like Japanese or a language that you don't understand. It has a toggle button that permits downloads for Windows 10, Windows 8/8.1 and Windows 7 systems, as well as downloads for Android and iOS systems. That doesn't mean you have to reconfigure everything though as all your favourites, settings, password, contact info and other information will sync if you move across to the new browser.

However, it struggled in the face of competition, and in May 2012 it was announced that Google's Chrome overtook Internet Explorer as the most used browser worldwide.

Microsoft has finally released a pre-release version of its new Edge browser that works natively in Windows 10 on ARM. The new Edge browser is now available to download and install on all macOS computers. However, Pflug's announcement clarified that "enterprise and education users will not be automatically upgraded at this time".

To get the new Edge for Android and iOS, you'll have to head to the Google Play Store and App Store respectively. In fact, there are only two main web browsers out there with a sizeable usage share, Firefox and Safari, that don't rely on Chromium.

What Microsoft calls the "new Edge" will visually distinguish itself from the old, existing Microsoft Edge with a new logo. Managed devices will not be automatically updated to the new Microsoft Edge.

Microsoft will roll out the new Edge over the course of months to the Windows population that runs Windows 10 on devices. Note that Internet Explorer is not impacted by our automatic rollout. Speaking of that tracking prevention, you can choose from three different levels to avoid being tracked on the web in Edge.

Edge also boasts Dolby Audio and Dolby Vision compatibility. The company a year ago tested its initial development with Windows 10 users through Canary and Dev channels and released a similar Edge version for macOS to beta test the fresh experience on Apple devices. History and extension sync are now MIA, though Microsoft will eventually include them in an update later this year.

You can learn more about how to get started with the new browser in this comprehensive guide. This would help Microsoft beta test the rollout approach for the masses.

Upon its initial start-up, the new browser gives you the option of importing all of your bookmarks, history, and autofill data from Google Chrome.

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