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Microsoft's Chromium-powered Edge previews will only support 64-bit Windows 10 at first

Back in December, Microsoft announced that it's going to be swapping out its EdgeHTML rendering engine for Chromium in its Edge browser. That also means that the browser is coming to Windows 7, 8.1, and macOS, and that Edge will finally be separated from the Windows 10 OS so it can be updated independently.

While the company has been taking signups for the new Edge Insider Program since then, no builds of the app have been released. Just yesterday, we saw some screenshots of what the new browser will look like, and now, documentation has actually been published by Microsoft.

Spotted by Microsoft leakster WalkingCat, the documentation page is a troubleshooting guide for installation. The good news is that this likely means that previews are coming soon. The bad news is that it says that previews of the new Edge browser are only available for 64-bit flavors of Windows 10.

If you're on Windows 7, Windows 8.1, macOS, or 32-bit Windows 10 and you were hoping for an early preview, it seems that you're out of luck for now. The page doesn't say anything about what version of Windows 10 that you need to be on, which isn't surprising since the new app will be independent from the OS. In fact, it should be independent from the Windows Insider Program, so you don't need to be running preview builds of Windows either.

Sadly, there aren't any hidden links for the EXE file. In the breadcrumb trail at the top of the page, there's a link for Frequently Asked Questions, which brings you to a page with just the one support document. There's also a Microsoft Edge Support link, which takes you to a page with links for FAQs and one to contact support. In other words, there's really nothing else that's new here.

The main Microsoft Edge Insider Program page hasn't changed, and you can still sign up for updates for when the Chromium-powered Edge browser is available in preview.

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