It’s been nearly a year since Microsoft announced that it’s rebuilding its in-house Edge browser from Google’s open-source Chromium project, and public testing began back in April. Today at its Ignite 2019 conference, the Redmond firm announced that its reformed browser will be generally available on January 15.
Currently, you can download Edge Chromium from any of three branches. The Canary branch is the least stable, and it gets updated daily. Dev gets weekly updates, while the Beta branch gets updated every six weeks. The production channel will be updated on a similar timeline to the Beta branch, every six weeks.
Another thing that the company announced is that Edge is getting a new icon. The original Edge icon was designed to make it familiar to Internet Explorer users, with the blue ‘E’. This one is meant to be more inspired by the browser’s new Chromium foundation, and it was unveiled over the weekend.
The release candidate is available to download now through the Beta channel; that means that it’s likely, but not definite, that this will be the build that non-Insiders get. Oddly enough, it still isn’t natively supported on ARM64 PCs, such as Microsoft’s Surface Pro X, which is slated for release tomorrow.
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