New Microsoft Edge to Leave Beta in January

Posted on November 4, 2019 by Paul Thurrott in Microsoft Edge with 22 Comments

At its Ignite 2019 conference in Orlando today, Microsoft announced that its new Chromium-based Edge browser will ship in January. And the release candidate is available today.

“We are pleased to announce that the general availability of the all-new Chromium-based Microsoft Edge browser is targeted for January 15, 2020,” Microsoft corporate vice president Jared Spataro announced. “Microsoft Edge is now available across all your devices, including Windows 10, Windows 8x, Windows 7, macOS, iOS, and Android. Your passwords, history, favorites, and settings will roam seamlessly across all your devices, and with native Azure Active Directory (Azure AD) sign-in, you can search for work files right from your phone.”

In addition to the release news, Microsoft today also discussed some new Edge features, including Microsoft Search capabilities via Bing with partner support, a new tracking prevention feature, and a redundant Collections for organizing web research. For enterprises, the new Edge is coming to Microsoft FastTrack and App Assure in Q1 2020, and is being supported with a security baseline that’s now in preview.

Microsoft also explained the new Edge logo, which it revealed earlier this past weekend, noting that its swoopy new design was meant to “capture the waves of innovation” that it plans to deliver in the new browser.

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Comments (22)

22 responses to “New Microsoft Edge to Leave Beta in January”

  1. lwetzel

    Don't think it is available yet.


    Didn't have to wait long. And So far impressed.

  3. anderb

    The way the Credge team have completely caved in to Google and delivered a half-assed, user hostile, advertiser-friendly implementation of autoplay 'blocking' sure is 'innovative'.

    I look forward to a similar complete capitulation when Google rollout the Manifest V3 changes to cripple adblockers.

    MS can announce all the plans they like. Firefox delivers a user-focused, google-free web experience today.

  4. ghostrider

    There's a strong indication MS are going to position Chrome/Edge as an Enterprise browser. As the Enterprise is Microsoft's last real bastion, and the consumer is no longer Microsoft's focus, I can see that being true. Sysadmins will have fun with this though - MS already extract so much telemetry from the OS, now they'll be hoovering it up from the browser too. I'd also highly expect this new browser to fully replace old Edge as the default in 20H1 - I don't think there's any doubt there.

  5. dallasnorth40

    Great news! I love CrEdge!

  6. ebraiter

    See anything wrong there? Windows 7 support dies on January 14th (or at least the last set of patches). Why is this Edge coming out the day after for Windows 7 when Microsoft's policies says that OSs with no support don't get any more updates or new applications/features?

  7. glenn8878

    Knowing Microsoft, it's always safer to wait a bit longer than January 15th to try it out. That's why you use Chrome.

    Did they announce when the original Edge will be discontinued?

  8. staganyi

    Will the old edge remain "visible" to the end user in January or will that have to wait for the next OS update?

  9. brothernod

    I wish "Share" wasn't buried and I want my Reading List back, but it's nice to see Collections made the cut. If only it integrated better with Edge on the iPhone, i can't seem to pass tabs between them :/


    Bleeping Computer says it will be available later today. But looking on the Dev. website there are changes, it says, coming tomorrow. So it may even be then. We'll see.

  11. Stooks

    You can get the stable version here...

    https : // go dot microsoft dot com/fwlink/?linkid=2069324&Channel=Stable&language=en

    It is version 79.0.309.7. It removes any label, like Beta, DEV etc and be WARNED it also REMOVES the original Edge from Windows 10.

  12. CaymanDreamin

    I hope they add the pen function in before then. I use edge to mark up PDFs.

  13. chrishilton1

    Can anyone clarify, I've been using Edge Dev which is updated weekly. I installed the release candidate when it was announced this week, but Edge Dev is still installed and was not replaced by the release candidate, which shows as a Beta. Which is the more current build?

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