Microsoft new web browser, based on the same Chrome engine, will arrive in a few months to all Windows 10 computers with the next update.
Microsoft introduced its new web browser, Microsoft Edge Chromium, earlier this year. It could be downloaded externally since it was not included in the Windows operating system. This is what will change from the next big Windows 10 update.
The next major update, which will come under the name 20H2, has already entered the testing phase. And Windows Insiders have been able to verify that the new Microsoft web browser, based on the same engine as Chrome, is included by default in the update.
Although the update may change its name when it reaches the general public, no other news is known apart from the arrival of the new browser. Of course, like last year’s updates, this one will also have the latest, faster, and automatic installation.
One of the advantages offered by the new Edge Chromium when using the same engine as Chrome is that it is compatible with all Google browser extensions. Extensions can be of great help in being more productive and personalizing the browser with shortcuts or shortcuts.
As the tests started today, the rest of Windows 10 users will not receive the update with Edge Chromium for several months, surely in November, the month in which Microsoft released in 2019 its second major update, which did not have so many news like May 1.
Meanwhile, those interested can download this new browser from the Microsoft website in all the available versions: Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows 8.1, macOS, iOS, and Android. A browser that maintains a characteristic Windows interface, but that includes a much more complete base of functions than the previous ones.
How to download Microsoft Edge Chromium right now, and use Chrome extensions
On January 15, Microsoft Edge Chromium was released, the new Microsoft browser that uses the same engine as Chrome. That means, like other things, that you can install all Chrome extensions in Edge, directly from the Google store.
Edge Chromium will begin to reach all Windows 10 users in the coming weeks, through system updates. There are also versions for Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows 8.1, macOS, iOS, and Android. If you don’t already have it, we are going to show you how to download Microsoft Edge Chromium right now, and how to install Chrome extensions.
It is being distributed little by little, so if you have Windows 10, you may not have received it yet. To download it right now, you have to go to this Microsoft website and choose the version that interests you:
After installing the browser, it will give you the option to import Chrome favorites, create an account, etc. The typical options when you install any browser. At the moment, it is just available in English.
You will soon see that the interface has completely changed, with respect to the old Edge. It looks a bit more like the classic Chrome since as we have mentioned, it uses the same Chromium engine. Although Microsoft has applied its own interface and some of its own options.
One of the novelties of Edge Chromium is that it can use all Chrome extensions. So nothing prevents you from using your favorites. To activate them, you have to touch in the menu of the three points, in the upper right corner, and select the Extensions option. In the new window that opens, check the Allow Extensions from other Stores box. This allows you to install extensions from other stores beyond that of Microsoft:
Now you just have to go to the Chrome extensions page and find your favorite extensions. To install them, click Add to Chrome. A window will open and ask if you want to add the extension to Edge Chromium. Tap on the Add Extension button, and you can use it in the new browser:
You can now use the new Edge Chromium with the same functionality as Chrome. But without Google’s monitoring of all your movements.
Microsoft has promised privacy and security. We will see if it is up to it …