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.