Beta release of Chromium-based Edge browser now available

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Microsoft has announced the beta release of its Chromium-based Edge web browser for Windows and macOS users.

Built on the Chromium engine, the Microsoft Edge includes a variety of new features– focused on compatibility and performance.

This is the first beta version of Edge released so far since Microsoft planned to move on to the Chromium code, announced back in December.

“Beta is the third and final preview channel which will come online before launch. As we release Beta, we remain committed to delivering a high-quality product and nailing the fundamentals of a great browsing experience,” said Joe Belfiore, corporate vice president of Microsoft Windows.

Microsoft has released this beta channel in the most stable form that has matured in the quality testing process. Microsoft will release the new beta release every six weeks.

Coming to the features, Edge browser now supports 14 different languages. It has new page tab customization feature where users will be able to choose from Focused, Inspirational or Informational layout. Most importantly, the Chromium-based version supports dark theme mode with add extension compatibility like Chrome Web Store.

This release also brings a personalized experience for users with tracking prevention option. Users can choose from Basic, Balanced and Strict levels of privacy to protect themselves from being tracked by websites they don’t visit.

Microsoft Search is integrated with Bing using which users will now be able to search files directly from Bing search. Besides this, there is Internet Explorer 11 mode compatibility into Microsoft Edge, and Windows Defender Application Guard to isolate enterprise-defined untrusted sites.

With this release, Microsoft has launched the Microsoft Edge Insider Bounty Program for Edge.

Users can download the latest Chromium-powered beta preview from Microsoft Edge Insider Channels site.

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