Microsoft Browser Back On The Mac

Don’t know if anyone has been following this  — but it’s the real deal

Microsoft was the king of the browser world in 2005.   Through mostly illegal tactics, they killed off Netscape Navigator.   The Mozilla project was underway and Firefox was just being born.  Chrome was not even a factor yet.

Fast forward many years later, if you factor in iOS devices and Android phones — which are truly computers in their own right — Chrome and Safari became the dominant browsers.   By the time Windows 10 came out in 2015, Internet Explorer was an afterthought.  Microsoft buried it in the operating system in favor of a new “E” logo browser, the completely re-written Microsoft Edge.    I’ll be honest, it was decent, but it never amassed more than a 2 or 3% market share.

Several months ago — Microsoft decided to do something radical.  They began re-working Edge this time based on the open-source Chromium project (the foundation of Google Chrome).  Wow.   By being part of the Chromium project Microsoft is also able to contribute to development of this browser.    It is also available for the Mac!!   Think of the new Edge as Chrome underneath — but without any connection to Google services.  Some people may really like that, though I think Brave and Vivaldi are also fine Chromium based browsers for those not wanting to be “dialing out” to Google all the time.

After several developer releases, Edge was finally released in Beta last week.  Microsoft claims its ready for prime time.   It is compatible with the Chrome Web Store for extensions.  The official release should be out later this year, we hope.

Official link — https://www.microsoftedgeinsider.com/en-us/