Microsoft is all set to launch its Chromium-powered Edge browser available on both Windows 7 and Windows 8. The release came after two months when Chromium Edge first debuted on Windows 10, and a month after it appeared on macOS. Microsoft’s Canary channel is now available for download. Microsoft Edge Insider builds were already available on Windows 10 and Mac, with today’s availability, Edge Canary is now on every major desktop platform. It was also mentioned that Edge Dev channel would be coming to Windows 7, 8, and 8.1. A Microsoft Edge’s blog post explains “You will find the experience and feature set on previous versions of Windows to be largely the same as on Windows 10, including forthcoming support for Internet Explorer mode for our enterprise customers,” It is noticeable that all the features present in Windows 10 and Mac will be supported by Edge on Windows 7, 8, and 8.1. While many more features would be the same, dark mode is missing and Microsoft denies any support for AAD design. Microsoft is currently testing Chromium Edge Browser on Windows 10, macOS, and older versions of Windows, and it is still not clear when the giant company is planning to release it more broadly. Despite the fact that Microsoft is planning to shut down support for the OS next January, Chromium Edge would be available for Windows 7. While this probably won’t be a must-have release for home PC, especially if you are using Chrome, it could be an important first step for corporate web surfers stuck with old Windows. Once Chromium Edge is ready for general and full-fledged consumption, they could have a genuinely up-to-date browser instead of having to settle down for ancient OS.
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