In 2018, Microsoft announced it would convert Edge into a Chromium web browser. This means Edge will incorporate Chrome’s open-source Chromium engine.
Microsoft has already released Chromium Edge preview versions for users to try out on Windows 10. Now the big M has just announced the release of the first Chromium Edge preview versions for Windows 8.1, 8, and 7.
The Microsoft Edge Team announced the first Chromium Edge preview builds for Windows 8.1, 8, and 7 on Windows blogs. There the Edge Team states:
Today we are excited to make preview builds from the Microsoft Edge Canary channel available on Windows 7, Windows 8, and Windows 8.1. This rounds out the initial set of platforms that we began to roll out back in April, so developers and users alike can try out the next version of Microsoft Edge on every major desktop platform.
Thus, users can now try out Chromium Edge preview versions from the Canary Channel on Win 8.1, 8, and 7.
How to download Chromium Edge builds for Windows 7?
Steps to download Chromium Edge on Windows 7 and Windows 8.1
The Microsoft Edge Insider Channels page includes the download options for the Edge preview builds.
Click the small arrow on the Canary Channel’s Download button to open a drop-down menu that includes other platforms.
Then users can select to download an Edge preview build for Windows 8.1, 8, 7, or macOS platforms.
When users download a preview version, they will discover a new kind of Edge browser. Chromium Edge has a redesigned UI that mixes in some design elements from Google Chrome.
Its New Tab page includes Bing background images. The best thing about Chromium Edge, however, is that users can add Chrome extensions to the browser.
In May, Microsoft unveiled Collections for Chromium Edge. Collections enables Edge users to gather together text snippets and images from websites.
Thus, users can collect, organize, and share smaller amounts of page content with Collections.
The big M has also confirmed that Chromium Edge will include an Internet Explorer Mode for Enterprise users. That mode basically loads Internet Explorer 11 within Edge.
Then users can open older websites with Internet Explorer’s rendering engine and utilize more outdated apps within IE Mode. The new version of Edge will also offer better streaming support and support for 4K content natively.
In addition, the new version of Edge will support Microsoft voices, SpeechSynthesis API and Microsoft Account and Azure Active Directory authentication. Another incredibly useful feature is the ability to mute tabs with a single click. It’s worth noting that Microsoft Edge will have Windows Defender SmartScreen integration that should provide solid protection against malware.
Microsoft also plans to remove a wide range of Google’s services and replace them with its own services in Edge. Lastly, there’s support for extensions, and in addition to extensions from Chrome Web Store, users will be able to download exclusive extensions from Microsoft Store as well.
There is still no word on when Microsoft will launch the final Chromium Edge stable version. However, as Microsoft has not yet opened the Beta Channel, the software giant is probably not about to launch a finished stable version of Chromium Edge in July 2019.
Nevertheless, users can now try out the Chromium Edge preview builds for Windows 10, 8.1, 8, and 7.
Speaking of browsers, if you don’t like the idea of downloading the beta version of a browser on your computer, we recommend installing UR Browser.
This browsing solution is built on the same Chromium engine as the new Edge Browser.
UR packs a series of must-have privacy features in today’s online world where hackers can’t wait to get their hands on your data.
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