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Forget Safari, now all iOS users can live life on the Edge

Microsoft Edge logo. (Source: Microsoft)
Microsoft Edge logo. (Source: Microsoft)
Microsoft has now opened their new Edge Browser for iOS beta up to allow any iOS user to join the beta program. Edge for iOS aims to bring features from the desktop and easy syncing.

After initially only making the Microsoft Edge browser for iOS beta available to members of the Windows Insider programme, Joe Belfiore, Corporate Vice President of the Operating Systems Group at Microsoft, has announced that the beta programme is now open to all interested iOS users. It isn’t clear if this means that Apple’s user limit of 10 thousand has been removed, or if this open invitation will close when that limit is reached.

Edge Browser was released with Windows 10 as a modernized replacement for the maligned Internet Explorer. While Edge is a relatively lightweight browser and is optimised well for touch, it has failed to gain much of the market and sits a little over five percent in most browser market share comparisons. Over time the feature list is improving such as the introduction of a [small] plugin market and the ability to “set aside tabs” to save and reopen sessions of projects etc., but the browser is still less feature rich than competitors such as Chrome, Firefox, Opera, and Vivaldi.

Since Apple has a policy of forcing all browsers on iOS to use Apple’s web rendering engine, Edge for iOS won’t be using the EdgeHTML engine. However, users will get Edge features such as hub view, reading view, and easy syncing of favorites, passwords, and websites between devices (Windows 10 relies on having the Fall Creators Update).

Also recently announced was a version of Edge for Android, but this isn’t available yet for download.

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Craig Ward, 2017-10- 7 (Update: 2017-10- 7)
Craig Ward
Craig Ward - News Editor
I grew up in a family surrounded by technology, starting with my father loading up games for me on a Commodore 64, and later on a 486. In the late 90's and early 00's I started learning how to tinker with Windows, while also playing around with Linux distributions, both of which gave me an interest for learning how to make software do what you want it to do, and modifying settings that aren't normally user accessible. After this I started building my own computers, and tearing laptops apart, which gave me an insight into hardware and how it works in a complete system. Now keeping up with the latest in hardware and software news is a passion of mine.