Microsoft Releases First Preview of the New Microsoft Edge for Mac

Posted on May 20, 2019 by Mehedi Hassan in Microsoft, Mac and macOS with 7 Comments

At Build, Microsoft teased the new Microsoft Edge running on a Mac. Not too long after, some builds of the new Microsoft Edge for Mac leaked, letting curious users try out the new browser on their Mac devices.

Today, Microsoft is officially releasing the new browser to Insiders, starting with the first Canary build of the browser. Microsoft Edge on Mac works much like the new Microsoft Edge on Windows, and the experience is very identical. And just like on Windows, Microsoft Edge on Mac is identical to Google Chrome as the new browser is based on Google’s Chromium.

Microsoft says the company is tweaking Microsoft Edge on Mac to be more consistent with the Mac user experience, however. “We are committed to building a world class browser with Microsoft Edge through differentiated user experience features and connected services. With this initial release, we have made several changes to the user interface to align with the Microsoft design language whilst making it feel natural on macOS,” the company said in a blog post.

Microsoft wants to continue making improvements to Edge on Mac to make it work much better for Mac users. The browser also ships with Mac-specific features like Touch Bar integration that gives users quick access to important things from the Touch Bar on their modern MacBook devices.

Those running macOS 10.12 are able to get the new Microsoft Edge from the Insider website here, do note that Microsoft is only releasing Canary builds for now, but the Dev channel is expected to open up in the near-future.

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Comments (7)

7 responses to “Microsoft Releases First Preview of the New Microsoft Edge for Mac”

  1. Cdorf

    Why does Mac get it before Win 7?

  2. Saxwulf

    I've been running the Canary build on my Mac for a couple OF weeks now, it really flies. Unless a lot of Mac users refuse to use it for political reasons, Edge will take a fair chunk out of Safari.

  3. bluvg

    Been a while since Microsoft has offered a browser for MacOS....

  4. Paul Avvento

    I love the ability to switch between my Microsoft accounts with ease through the Edge beta. We have Macs at work, and having to log out of my personal Microsoft account and into my work account is super frustrating. Edge makes it easy to keep them completely separate and switch between them effortlessly.

  5. curtisspendlove

    So far, so good.

    It doesn't make me want to replace Safari on my Mac or iOS devices, but it's definitely coming along.

    I *do* very much like that it gives me a better alternative to Chrome on both Mac and Windows. :) One that should still render exactly as Chrome does, so I can use it instead of Chrome for development / compatibility testing.