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Microsoft’s Edge browser reborn after Chromium makeover

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After three years of embarrassing rejection, might Microsoft’s newly-Chromed Edge browser be on the up?

The company last week released two 64-bit Windows 10 versions of its handiwork, the first tagged as ‘Dev channel’ updated weekly, the second a ‘Canary Channel’ version updated daily (a more stable Beta Channel version with six-weekly updates is in the works).

Drip feeding enthusiasts something new is never a bad approach, especially now that Edge is no longer a feature buried inside Windows 10 and wants to be a story on its own.

Ironically, the big anticipation of this new Edge is that it’s now based on open-source Chromium, the same code used by Google inside its Chrome browser which has pounded Microsoft for nearly 11 years.

The download even says Chromium version 74.1.96.24, not far behind the timeline published for Google’s Chrome 74 even if the new Edge is still months off a final release. As Windows corporate vice president Joe Belfiore warned:

In these first builds...(continued)
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