Tip: Join the Microsoft Edge Insider Program

Posted on December 6, 2018 by Paul Thurrott in Windows 10 with 31 Comments

Interested in testing the next version of Microsoft Edge? Then join the Microsoft Edge Insider program, which just opened up for applicants today.

“Calling all developers and tinkerers,” the sign-up page announces. Your voices will help us shape the next version of Microsoft Edge. Sign up to be the first to know when preview builds are available.”

As I’m sure you heard, Microsoft announced today that it will adopt the Chromium open source project in the development of Microsoft Edge on the desktop, across Windows 7, 8.1, and 10, and macOS. The announcement was rather vague, but the software giant says it is taking this radical step to “create better web compatibility for our customers, and less fragmentation of the web for all web developers.”

In joining Chromium—which, contrary to popular belief, is not “owned” or “controlled” by Google, Microsoft is meaningfully increasing its participation open source software. “We’re determined to be good members of the OSS community,” Microsoft notes.

Anyway, you should sign-up. I assume the Insider Program will be for Edge for desktop specifically. And we should see our first pre-release version of the app in early 2019.

Sign up here.


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Comments (31)

31 responses to “Tip: Join the Microsoft Edge Insider Program”

  1. Dan1986ist

    Wonder if this is just for 19H1 and later or Windows 10 1809 or later?

  2. hrlngrv

    For someone who doesn't like Edge, the headline reads like Join the ADA Root Canal Insider's Program.

  3. roastedwookie

    How about not promoting another guinea pig program. MS should test their own stuff using their staff, if any left for testing! We have enough of insider quality in windows 10 already

  4. TallITGuy

    The problems with Edge aren't in the rendering engine, but in everything around it that makes up the application. From gimped printing to password management & form autofill options, etc., that stuff's all half-baked & incomplete.

    On the other hand, I find it easily the best/most responsive browser to touch inputs when using it on a touchscreen PC.

    • locust infested orchard inc

      In reply to TallITGuy:

      Going Chromium-based, Microsoft should be able to use all Adoogle Chrime's extensions, hence no need to code all the things you mentioned, users just download the appropriate extension.

      The way I see it, by Microsoft going Chromium, Microsoft can devote more programming time to other things, by then the development of Edge was sloooow anyway. A cynic may see this move by Microsoft as being 'lazy'.

  5. derylmccarty

    Humm, I signed up. I have been doing Insider or Beta for MSFT since 98 and Me, so I am aware of risks; but the bottom line is that I am not enamored of any of the browser engines of late. NOT because they are poorly written, but because the monetization and PC engines have usurped basic browser functionality. The Edge Insider "sign-up" page, in addition to requiring name, rank and serial number, asked how I would change the Internet if I could. The caveats to answering the question were a carefully crafted statement saying the answer to that question is a voluntary product and not connected with my Insider application. It is waaay too carefully parsed. So here is what I said. "This is a good differentiator question to determine whether we are good candidates for Insider-type participation. It basically asks whether we have thought about the direction Edge or any browser should go to "parse" the web. In my case I would hope for an personal filtration system built into Edge (or Edge plus open architecture), not an institutional one a la FB or Twitter where wholesale bias is evident. I don't mind political discussion, I mind political diatribe.  And I am absolutely turned off by the advertising wrought by AI-driven data analytics that figures that just because I bought a blue digital tire pressure gage I am of a certain age or gender construction that warrants multiple ads for "25 year old wives in my neighborhood whose husbands are not paying them any attention". OTOH that probably screws up the monetization models currently in vogue. OTOOH: nothing that is, has to be, because it was.

  6. MacLiam

    I submitted my name. We'll see what happens.

    While I have long preferred Firefox to Edge, I haven't been hostile to the newcomer. It has been improving for some time, but each time I look at it, my judgment is, "Not quite there yet." If a Chromium base is needed to help the design team realize their dream, then I'm supportive of their effort. I will keep my eyes on it

  7. dspeterson

    I noticed Edge Insider bits showing up on the iOS version as well.

  8. toshdellapenna

    Text rendering in Edge is way better. Hopefully this isn't affected.

  9. spacein_vader

    Surely the beta version of the new edge is Chrome?

  10. remc86007

    I'm somewhat excited about this. I hope all the PDF reader features carry over from Edge. We have replaced Adobe Reader with Edge in our office and have way, way fewer problems now with massive PDFs.

  11. Oasis

    If you click on this from Firefox on a Win7 computer it is flagged by Avast AV as a Phishing URL

    • Daekar

      In reply to Oasis:

      This happened to me when I clicked on the link for the Amazon deal for Office 365, too, and I couldn't progress without adding a certificate exception. This was on Windows 10, though.

  12. skane2600

    If they keep the name "Edge", the average user will think it's the same browser so they're unlikely to switch. Sounds like "All the cool kids do open source now" mentality rather than a legitimate business case.

  13. harmjr

    Microsoft Edge on the desktop, across Windows 7, 8.1, and 10, and macOS. WAIT WINDOWS 7 & MACOS... Talk about departure.

    So pigs do fly...

  14. Ron Diaz

    Yay, more free QA for Microsoft.