The initial releases of the new Microsoft Edge ran only on 64-bit versions of Windows 10. Microsoft said at the time that it would expand availability to include 32-bit and ARM-based versions of Windows 10, as well as Windows 7, Windows 8.1, and Mac. And as of last night, Microsoft has finally taken the first step in that direction.
“Beginning with today’s Canary release (18.104.22.168), you can now install Microsoft Edge preview builds on 32-bit [PCs],” the Microsoft Edge Dev account tweeted. “Try it out and let us know what you think!”
For those unfamiliar with the process, Microsoft currently offers two different ways to install and test the new Edge. The Dev channel is updated weekly, and it just received its first major update. And the Canary channel is updated nightly, and it has been, as promised, updated once a day since the initial release. (A third channel, called Beta, will eventually be offered as well and will provide an update once every six weeks.)
If a nightly update sounds problematic, I hear you. But I’ve chosen to test the Canary channel so I can see new features more quickly. And I’ve not yet run into any major issues.
One final note about the 32-bit version: I’ve not yet tried this, but this should work on ARM-based versions of Windows 10, too. That might a good thing to test until the native ARM64 version arrives.