Microsoft Edge Browser for iPhone Launches on App Store

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    Microsoft Edge for iPhone was officially released on the App Store today following nearly two months of public beta testing.


    The alternative web browser will primarily appeal to iPhone users that use a Windows PC instead of a Mac thanks to a "Continue on PC" feature that can push a website from the mobile to desktop version of the browser.

    Microsoft Edge for iPhone also syncs your favorites, passwords, and reading list across your devices. Other features include an all-in-one Hub View, built-in QR code reader, voice search, and private browsing mode.


    Bing, Google, or Yahoo can be set as the default search engine in Microsoft Edge for iPhone, which has a similar design as the desktop version. The mobile version doesn't have Microsoft's Cortana assistant or built-in ad blocking.

    On iOS, Microsoft is using Apple's WebKit engine, as required for all third-party browsers on the platform. From a compatibility perspective, Microsoft said Edge for iOS should match the version of Safari that is currently available for iPhone.

    Keep in mind that, like other third-party web browsers, Microsoft Edge cannot be enabled as the default browser on iPhone.

    Microsoft Edge for iPhone is rolling out on the App Store [Direct Link] now for iOS 9 and later. It's also available for Android smartphones on Google Play. Microsoft said iPad support will be added in the future.

    The browser is initially available in the United States, China, France, and the United Kingdom, with more regions and languages to follow. The app has yet to be optimized for the iPhone X's screen size.

    Article Link: Microsoft Edge Browser for iPhone Launches on App Store
  2. GizmoDVD macrumors 68000

    Oct 11, 2008
  3. BaccaBossMC macrumors regular


    Jul 8, 2016
    NC, USA
    Rebranded Internet Explorer with the same speed. I can't wait to use this on my iPhone.
  4. Supacon macrumors member


    Jul 7, 2011
    It’s hard to get excited about anything related to Internet Explorer but I suppose this has continuity-like features for Windows users, which could be useful.
  5. ftf macrumors member

    Mar 9, 2004
    It's horrendous on the desktop (at least the UI is) so I can't imagine why people would want to use this on their phone. I guess people do though so good that they have a choice.
    Microsoft really goes in weird directions some times...
  6. NashMan2 macrumors regular

    Mar 27, 2009
  7. Manatlt macrumors 6502a

    Aug 26, 2013
    London, UK
    That's like saying "Who asked for Safari???"

    Edge Mobile is for Windows users who use Microsoft Edge. If you are a Mac or Chrome user, this isn't for you.
  8. Amazing Iceman macrumors 68040

    Amazing Iceman

    Nov 8, 2008
    Florida, U.S.A.
    Who cares for the looks; it's not compatible with many existing commercial and in-house web-based solutions.
    Enterprise still uses IE 11 for compatibility.
  9. Tmelon macrumors 65816

    Feb 26, 2011
    I’m not sure why Apple is accepting new apps that aren’t optimized for the iPhone X. Then again there’s still Apple apps that aren’t optimized for it yet for some reason.
  10. Kaibelf macrumors 68020


    Apr 29, 2009
    Silicon Valley, CA
    People said the same thing when IE came out and they had Netscape Navigator. Then they said it when Firefox came out. Then Chrome.
  11. Nick A macrumors regular

    May 10, 2009
  12. nvmls macrumors 6502a


    Mar 31, 2011
  13. dannyyankou macrumors 604


    Mar 2, 2012
    Scarsdale, NY
  14. Statusnone88 macrumors 68000


    Jun 19, 2010
    Not built for iPhone X almost a month after the phone was released.

    No built in ad blocking.

    Pass, pass, and pass.
  15. iMerik macrumors 6502a

    May 3, 2011
    Upper Midwest
    I won't be using it, but I like how much effort Microsoft is putting into supporting Apple devices with Microsoft apps for those that might still depend on Microsoft for work or home. I know plenty of people that use Office 365 and absolutely love what MS has done with Outlook, Word, and the other office apps for iOS and Mac OS. It makes sense if you are using Edge to be able to sync that experience to your iOS devices.

    Again, I have no need to use it, but this doesn't deserve any hate.
  16. FelixDerKater Contributor


    Apr 12, 2002
    Nirgendwo in Amerika
  17. AustinJerry macrumors newbie

    Nov 2, 2013
    Austin, Texas
    Unless Apple allows 3rd-party browsers to be set as the default browser, it makes things much more difficult.
  18. Jimmy James macrumors 601

    Jimmy James

    Oct 26, 2008
  19. GIZBUG macrumors 68000


    Oct 28, 2006
    Chicago, IL
  20. maflynn Moderator


    Staff Member

    May 3, 2009
    Its pretty much a useless browser in windows, so I see no reason to use it on my phone
  21. convergent macrumors 68030


    May 6, 2008
    Why did all of you even look in this thread? Clearly the walled garden Apple ecosystem works for you so anything not branded Apple is not designed for you.

    For others, I think competition is great and other companies are slowly eroding the value of Apple's walled garden. I have clawed my way out of that and don't want to be in a situation where I'm solely dependent on one company for everything I do. Now that Microsoft has shed their mobile hardware platform, they are free to build a great ecosystem that is more open and lets the user chose what platform they want for phone.

    The reality however is that Apple will likely continue to make it awkward for anything but what they want to lock you into. I'm starting to use Edge more in some situations. Its more efficient on Windows tablet mode and good with battery usage. And the continuity from phone to computer and back is pretty nice. I'm still not using Edge for my daily driver... was already using Firefox and their new Firefox Quantum fixed the one area that it was weak in... speed.
  22. john123 macrumors 68020


    Jul 20, 2001
    You guys are missing the point of this, so let me help you out. Three words.

    Separate. Porn. Browser.
  23. B4U macrumors 68000


    Oct 11, 2012
    Undisclosed location
    And there are apps that were updated to support iOS 11 but still does not utilize the screen fully, making it look like the 6s that I had.
  24. Arty6 macrumors member

    Apr 5, 2016
    Great, the web browser that is so bad people choose Internet Explorer over it on desktops is now available for your iphone.

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