Microsoft has officially launched its new “Microsoft Edge” web browser, which the company built using the Chromium rendering engine from Google, and in this hands-on video review, you’ll learn about the new features and enhancements available in the first public release.
Although the new version of Microsoft Edge shares many of the same visual elements available in Google Chrome, the company included its own design touches and features for an experience that’s similar to the legacy browser that works just like Chrome.
Once you installed the browser, you’ll have to complete a simple wizard to configure your settings, sync, and import bookmarks, history, and passwords from your current default browser.
If you’ve used the legacy version of Microsoft Edge or even Chrome, the new experience will feel familiar. The way you open tabs, navigate settings, and open menus is the same as before.
When you open the browser settings, you’ll notice that the experience is almost identical to the Chrome experience. Instead of a flyout pane, the settings are laid out in full-size page with a left pane navigation.
The settings are divided in categories, and in this version, you can get new features, including the ability to create profiles for every user who will be using the browser.
As part of the privacy settings, there’s a new tracking prevention system to block online trackers from collecting data about your online activities. You can switch between the dark and light theme. You can control site permissions, and other features that you come to expect from a modern browser, such as the ability to clear browsing data, change language, reset settings, customize the new tab page, support for extensions, and much more.
If you’re not planning to download the new version of Chromium Edge, or you simply want to learn more about the new browser for Windows 10, Windows 8.x, Windows 7, macOS, and Linux, watch the hands-on video with all the new features and changes.
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