Under Microsoft Build keynote yesterday, the company briefly teased Microsoft Edge for Mac. We managed to install dev and canary based on a Mac, and you can hardly tell it is not a Windows building. It is good.
Microsoft Build Barely showed the Mac Version of Edge
Microsoft Build is well underway and the company used its key key to announce a Linux kernel for Windows, a real command line and new features for the Edge browser. While talking about Edge, Microsoft avoids a blink-and-misses by Edge for Mac in a YouTube video. It did not provide any date, timeline or any essential information at all than a quick screenshot.
You may think that means that the Mac version is far out, but then tonight Twitter users (and often Microsoft leaker) WalkingCat tweeted links for dev and canary builds easily and retrieves and installs as usual to try. We installed them and are happy to find the browser almost identical to the Windows versions in functionality and features. You will find it difficult to find any differences beyond those required by the operating system, such as keyboard shortcuts.
You get Microsoft and Chrome Extensions, Experimental Flags and Dark Mode
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Of course, it also includes the default choice to use Bing when searching from the address bar But you can change it by clicking on the three points in the upper right corner, selecting "Settings"> "Privacy and Services"> "Address Bar". From there, select your favorite search engine.
Just like Edge for Windows, you can use
Edge: // flags to enable additional features, and it includes dark mode. (Apple introduced dark mode with MacOS Mojave, so you need what is activated along with getting the flag in the Edge for the setting to grab.) Experience is almost identical to Windows building almost all aspects: menus, settings, speed, and quite much everything else. In our early poking around we only found a difference to note: a preinstalled Microsoft Defender Browser Protection extension.
Microsoft Defender Browser Protection Protects You From Malware
In March, Microsoft announced Chrome and Firefox add-ons to bring their container technology to other browsers. In theory, if you are browsing a malicious site on Chrome or Firefox, it is redirected to an Edge browser tab to protect you with its container capacity. Because the Edge Chromium has the built-in technology, no extensions are needed on Windows buildings.
The Mac version differs from having the extension visible and installed from the getgo. You can click on the Defender icon and run through demonstration pages designed to show how the deployment handles phishing sites. But since the process is completely internal, it's not clear why MacOS builds have a visible extension, and Windows doesn't build. Microsoft can detail this later when it provides more information about the new browser.
For an uncharged early building, the browser works surprisingly well and feels full functional. After spending time with both buildings, it is easy to see the benefits of Chrome work for Microsoft. With an underlying shared engine, Windows and MacOS browsers are almost identical in design, use and speed. This similarity works well for Microsoft's goal of reaching all platforms.