Microsoft Releases First Update to New Edge Beta

Posted on September 26, 2019 by Paul Thurrott in Microsoft Edge with 10 Comments

Microsoft has released the first Beta channel update for the new Edge web browser. It’s based on Chromium 78.

“This is the first Beta channel build that is based on Chromium 78, and it contains a number of fixes, improvements, and new features that we’ve been iterating on in the Dev and Canary channels for the past several weeks,” Microsoft writes in the release notes. “In this update, tracking prevention is enabled by default, you will find some new sign-in and sync features, and a new favorites button giving you quicker access to your favorites.”

As you may know, Microsoft now offers Canary (nightly), Dev (weekly), and Beta versions of the new Edge, the latter of which gets updated every six weeks. I had started on Canary but switched to Beta once that version became available and have found it to be quite stable. There are only a few missing features: For example, extension sync still doesn’t work. But beyond that, it seems close to being ready for mass consumption.

You can learn about the new Microsoft Edge from the Microsoft Edge Insiders website.

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