A Quick Look at Microsoft Edge Preview on iPhone

Posted on October 5, 2017 by Paul Thurrott in Android, iOS, Mobile, Windows 10 with 18 Comments

As promised, Microsoft delivered its first preview version of Microsoft Edge for iOS today. Here’s a quick look at the experience on my iPhone 7 Plus.

Short version: There’s nothing dramatic to report. Microsoft Edge looks and works like other mobile browsers on iPhone.

The initial experience is basic enough: When I received the confirmation email from Microsoft, I launched TestFlight, which I know from other Microsoft betas on iOS, and accepted the Microsoft Edge install.

Launching Edge for the first time, I was automatically signed into my Microsoft account, though it appears I could choose to use another account instead.

The Edge UI on iOS is simple enough: There’s an address bar at the top, but as with the Windows 10 version, you can navigate from a search bar on the default new tab screen too.

That address bar offers Refresh and Add to Favorites.

There’s even a Reading view for articles, but inking capabilities, as we see on the PC. No surprise there, but I could see it coming to iPad in the future.

It works in portrait or landscape mode.

At the bottom of the display is a toolbar with Back, Forward, Continue on PC, Tabs, and a More menu with several other choices, among them Settings. You can also access the Hub interfaces for Favorites and Reading list, but not Books, History, or Downloads.

Settings is pretty sparse, but you can change the default search provider to Google if you want.

Basically, it’s early still. There is a lot of functionality that Microsoft should or still could still add before the first public release. And right now, the only PCs that show up in Continue to PC are those on certain Insider builds.

 

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Comments (18)

18 responses to “A Quick Look at Microsoft Edge Preview on iPhone”

  1. djncanada

    I have TestFlight loaded on my IOS devices, I only see Outlook Customer Manager in TestFlight, how can I add Edge?

    • Stokkolm

      In reply to djncanada:

      Go here: https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/microsoft-edge-mobile


      There are a couple caveats. You have to access the link from Edge on a machine that's enrolled in the Windows Insider program.

  2. Jules Wombat

    Nice, only three years too late. Much cleaner than Memory hog that is Chrome could make this a return to fortune, along with some bump in integrated Cortana use.

  3. Derek Bowen

    I am not seeing a way to login with my Work Office 365 account? Once again a fail as how are people who use a work device supposed to use it fully?

  4. Stooks

    Does it support content blockers like Safari does on iOS?

  5. KhalidAljabi

    I am surprised! I thought they said before this is unlikely to happen. Good job Microsoft!

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  7. Bdsrev

    Can someone please tell them to put the URL bar at the bottom of the display, just like IE/Edge for Windows Phone and Chrome Home for android phones?

  8. redstar92

    I like it, fast and clean :) mobile device book support is almost here. Weird thing is that in Bing app you can't open link in edge :)

  9. jimchamplin

    It works pretty well, honestly. I can't wait for password sync, and I'm not sure why it isn't there. Tough computer science problem I suppose.

  10. adamcorbally

    Tbf it doesn't need to be fancy, just do the basics like tab and password syncing for those that use edge on PC'S. I'm using it and woke is not all there it looks fine

  11. lilmoe

    Dear Paul,


    What the heck is up with this grammar butchery and misuse (or compete lack) of articles in reference to objects? Pronouns?


    I mean, I totally get it when iShills and wannabe journalists think it's cool, but even you? Tell us honestly, what's the deal? Early access? Did the demise of Windows Mobile have that bad of an effect?


    Hope you and family are ok.