Different versions of Chromium-based Edge can be installed and run side by side. Windows 7, Windows 8 and macOS versions will be released later. Existing Chrome extensions are fully supported, and plans are also underway to let users sync across their favorites, browsing history and more from Google’s browser. “In these first builds we are very much focused on the fundamentals and have not yet included a wide range of feature and language support that will come later,” said Joe Belfiore, Microsoft’s corporate vice president for Windows.
“You’ll start to see differences from the current Microsoft Edge including subtle design finishes, support for a broader selection of extensions and the ability to manage your sign-in profile,” he added. By default, Chromium-based Edge sends search traffic to Microsoft’s Bing search engine, not to Google’s dominant search service. Users can add other search engines if they want. Microsoft promised its Chromium-based Edge will get several features in coming weeks, including a dark mode, a reader mode for decluttered web pages, grammar and translation tools, and smoother scrolling.