Microsoft launches new Edge app for Apple’s iPad and iPhone

By: Matthew Adams
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Edge is Microsoft’s flagship browser included with Windows 10. However, a beta version of the previously exclusive Windows browser also became available on iOS and Android last year. Now Microsoft has fully launched Edge on both the Apple iPad and iPhone this March.

The new Edge browser for Apple iPad enables its users to continue their browsing from Windows across multiple tabs. Edge’s content and data syncing enable users to shuffle content from desktops or laptops to mobile devices.

The only prerequisite for moving content between Apple devices and Windows with Edge is Windows 10 Fall Creator’s Update.

Edge users currently rate the new iPad browser at 4/5 stars on its App Store page. One Edge user stated:

The speed of Edge has made it my go to on Windows… and now on iOS. I like the design, especially the minimalist navigation bar on the bottom of the browser. Being able to send a URL to another Windows device is also neat – and allows Windows users the ability to continue browsing on the desktop – just as OSX users can on Safari.

Nevertheless, there are still a few things iPad’s Edge lacks. For example, the browser does not support split screen in iOS 11. Furthermore, Edge does not include any tablet mode at the moment.

The launch of Edge on iPad and Android further highlights that Microsoft has given up with the Windows 10 Phone platform. Instead of beating Apple’s and Google’s mobile platforms, the software giant has now adopted a strategy of expanding Microsoft mobile apps to the iOS and Android to enhance Windows apps’ cross-platform integration.

That strategy effectively began with the launch of Office mobile apps on Android and iOS, which have now had more than 400 million downloads. As such, launching Edge on the iOS and Android will expand the browser’s user base, which remains a long way short of Google Chrome.

So Microsoft might now be more fully committed to supporting Google and Apple platforms than ever before. The Microsoft Enterprise corporate vice president stated:

By working together, we all win and you win. This shift in perspective has been among the biggest and most fundamental changes in the industry over the past couple of years – and Microsoft has been a big part of this shift. These changes emphasize that, throughout the tech industry, there is much more coopetition than outright competition.

As such, Edge is another in an ever-expanding line of Microsoft apps to launch on Apple and Google platforms. OneNote, MSN Weather, OneDrive, Microsoft Bing Search, Outlook, Word, Excel and the MS Solitaire Collection are just a few of the other Microsoft apps you can run on Android or iOS platforms. You can check out Edge for iPad at this website page.

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