Microsoft Releases Edge Insider Extension Ahead of Edgium Release

Posted on March 25, 2019 by Mehedi Hassan in Microsoft, Windows, Windows 10 with 7 Comments

Over the weekend, there has been a lot of hype around the new Chromium-based Microsoft Edge browser, or Edgium. Microsoft is expected to launch the new browser sometime soon, and it has even been leaked online over the weekend. We already gave you an in-depth look at the browser, and more details about the browser are slowly starting to come out.

When Microsoft officially launches the new browser for Insiders, the company will release a new Microsoft Edge Insider extension to go along with it. It will essentially be a companion extension for Insiders that lets them keep track of new features, known issues, and other announcements.

And even though the Edge Insider extension is meant for Edigum, the company may also be making it available for the regular/old Microsoft Edge browser. It has already released (via HTNovo) the new extension on the Microsoft Store, which allows you to install the exact extension on the regular Microsoft Edge. But because the extension is meant for Edgium, things like the version number doesn’t actually show up on the old Edge.

The listing for the extension does confirm that Microsoft will be releasing three different release channels for the new Edgium browser — and that includes Edge Canary, Edge Dev, and Edge Beta. The difference between the different release channels is unknown for the time being, but my guess is that Canary (Fast Ring?) will get more frequent releases and will be less stable than Edge Beta (Release Preview?), with Edge Dev (Slow Ring?) offering the best of both sides.

The release of Edgium shouldn’t be too far away now, I tried out the new browser over the weekend and was pleasantly surprised by how stable the entire browser was. There are some issues with syncing, but I honestly don’t think there are any other issues stopping Microsoft from releasing the new browser to Insiders any time now.

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7 responses to “Microsoft Releases Edge Insider Extension Ahead of Edgium Release”

  1. Aaron44126

    There's no guesswork with those channels; Chrome uses the exact some ones and Edge will likely just mirror those.


    Canary - Updated daily / bleeding edge

    Dev - Updated once or twice a week, a little more stable / leading edge

    Beta - Updated about once a week, just includes stuff expected to land on production ("stable branch") during the next feature update; feature updates occur every 6 weeks

    • pargon

      In reply to Aaron44126:
      There's no guesswork with those channels; Chrome uses the exact some ones and Edge will likely just mirror those.

      Yea, I was quite confused as how Mehedi didn't know that, been that way for years. 5 seconds and I had all the answers he says "the differences are unkown" lol. What they're meant for, when they're updated, etc. Lack of completeness in his writing as I've said before. It's just easier to say no one knows!! You're writing for a tech blog and don't care enough to ever give technical details ;-)

      • sandy

        In reply to Pargon:

        You're assuming Microsoft will directly follow the Chromium project's schedule; a resonable guess, and hopefully right, but still a guess, and so unknown.

  2. bart

    Edgium seems to work well. So far one login issue on a website. Pretty sweet for a browser under development

  3. locust infested orchard inc

    Quote by Mehedi Hassan, "Edgium".


    Must you continue to use the portmanteau 'Edgium', as it irks Paul Thurrott to the extent he scolded its use over the weekend (and rightly so too), as quoted below.


    Quote by Paul Thurrott, "...there is the problem of naming. Many are using silly names like "Chredge" or "Edgium" to refer to the new browser...the leaked build of the Chromium-based version identifies itself as version 75.0.107.0. So I will refer to this new product as Edge 75 here."


    Professionalism in the blogging sphere has been a topic of some debate here at Thurrott.com, if the comment section is an indication of the mood music of the readership here. In that regard, Paul had adopted the sensible term of "Edge 75" to relate to what you describe as "Edgium".


    In your haste, as bloggers often are, exemplified by their oft-typographical errors, were you to misspell "Edgium" and/or autocorrect were to intervene, you might inadvertently cause either embarrassment to yourself, or incur the wrath of Microsoft. Hint: replacing 'um' with 'ng' in "Edgium".