Edge browser changes User Agent automatically for top performance

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Chromium-based Edge browser will offer high quality content by automatically switching the user agent. In this manner, Chromium-based technology ensures the browser is compatibility with virtually all the websites out there.

In a previous post, we reported that a Reddit user was the first one to spot the 4K streaming capability of the new Edge browser. He shared a screenshot that shows flags that can be used to enable PlayReady.

No other browser can currently support 4K streaming. However, the upcoming Chromium-powered browser may become extremely popular within a short time span thanks to this feature.

We already know that Chrome is powered by the Chromium engine and that makes Microsoft Edge compatible with virtually all the browser and websites architectures currently in use.

The new Microsoft Edge grabbed the attention of many potential users due to its exclusive features such as Netflix 4K support.

Chromium Edge uses a special configuration file

You might be curious to know the science behind the trick, let’s have a look at it.

Chromium Edge will come with a complete list of platforms that require a change in the user agent. The list will be embedded in a configuration file.

For example, when users access a website that requires 4K streaming capabilities, Edge will verify it by comparing it with the configuration file.

The browser then offers high-quality content by loading the page as the original Microsoft Edge.

If users visit a website that’s optimized for Chrome, then Edge will use a different user agent so as to look and behave as Chrome.

Microsoft plans to release the Chromium-based browser later this year to macOS, Windows 7, 8.1 and Windows 10 users. Microsoft has not shared any details about a potential Linux based browser version.

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