The new Chromium-based Edge browser is set to launch January 15th
Microsoft is rebuilding its Edge browser from the ground up, switching its skeleton to Chromium. We reported on the browser’s new logo yesterday. We now know the launch date for Chromium Edge: January 15th.
In a blog post published today, Microsoft publicly unveiled the new Chromium-based Edge and stated that the company is targeting January 15th for “general availability,” which is essentially when the browser will be released to the public. Currently, the new Edge is only available to beta testers.
In addition to a new Chromium base for the Edge browser, Microsoft is improving Bing to improve its search features. Bing will soon be able to search for people using natural language (such as an official title or office location), offer definitions for company acronyms, and more. Most of these new features are aimed squarely at business users.
It’s Microsoft’s focus on business customers that spurred the company to rebuild Edge around Chromium. Considering Chromium powers Google Chrome, the world’s most popular browser, it makes sense for Microsoft to tailor its browser to that same framework. Building Edge around Chromium should work wonders for compatibility with websites, extension support, and improved security feature development.
You can read all about the new features and goals for Edge and Bing over at Microsoft’s blog via the link below.