Microsoft Edge (Chromium) beta is available for download on Windows 10

The first beta release of the Chromium version of Microsoft Edge is now available for Windows 10, Windows 8.1, Windows 7, and even macOS. Here's how to get it.

Microsoft Edge beta download
Microsoft Edge beta download

You can now download the first “beta” version of Microsoft Edge based on Chromium. After several months of development in the “Dev” and “Canary” channels, the Chromium version of Microsoft Edge is ready for download in the “Beta” channel for Windows 10, Windows 8.1, Windows 8, Windows 7, and macOS.

Although the releases in the beta channel offers the most stable version of Microsoft Edge, the browser is still in the preview stage, features may not work as expected, and new functionalities will only be added once they’ve been cleared the quality testing in the Canary and Developer channels.

If you choose to download and install the beta version of Edge based on Chromium, then you can expect new updates roughly every six week, alongside periodic minor updates to improve security and stability.

In this guide, you’ll learn the steps to install Microsoft Edge (beta) on Windows 10.

How to install Microsoft Edge Beta on Windows 10

Use these steps to download and install Microsoft Edge beta on Windows 10:

  1. Open Microsoft Edge Insider Channels website.

  2. Under the “Beta Channel” section, click the Download button. (If you’re downloading the Edge for Windows 7 or Windows 8.1, click the down arrow button and select the OS.)

    Download Microsoft Edge Chromium beta for Windows 10
    Download Microsoft Edge Chromium beta for Windows 10
  3. Click the Accept and download button to save the installer on your device.

  4. Double-click the MicrosoftEdgeSetupCanary.exe to install Microsoft Edge.

Once you complete the steps, the beta version of Microsoft Edge will install on your device running Windows 10 or older version.

The first beta release of the Chromium Edge is available in 14 languages, and it’s shipping with most the features already available in the Dev channel, including dark mode, tab page customization, extension support from the Microsoft Store, Chrome Web Store, and other Chromium-based stores. 

In addition, this release includes a new online tracking protection feature as well as the new Collections feature to collect websites for research, but you must enable these features manually by switching on a flag in the advanced settings. 

For businesses, Microsoft Edge beta includes Microsoft Search built-in Bing, Internet Explorer Mode that brings support for old website without the need of another browser, Windows Defender Application Guard, and more feature are coming soon.

About the author

Mauro Huculak is a Windows How-To Expert who started Pureinfotech in 2010 as an independent online publication. He has also been a Windows Central contributor for nearly a decade. Mauro has over 14 years of experience writing comprehensive guides and creating professional videos about Windows and software, including Android and Linux. Before becoming a technology writer, he was an IT administrator for seven years. In total, Mauro has over 20 years of combined experience in technology. Throughout his career, he achieved different professional certifications from Microsoft (MSCA), Cisco (CCNP), VMware (VCP), and CompTIA (A+ and Network+), and he has been recognized as a Microsoft MVP for many years. You can follow him on X (Twitter), YouTube, LinkedIn and Email him at [email protected].