Microsoft Edge Web Browser Coming to the Mac Over 15 Years After Internet Explorer for Mac

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    Microsoft today announced that it expects to bring its Edge web browser to the Mac, possibly as early as next year.

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    "Microsoft Edge will now be delivered and updated for all supported versions of Windows and on a more frequent cadence. We also expect this work to enable us to bring Microsoft Edge to other platforms like macOS," said Microsoft.

    The news was revealed as part of Microsoft's larger announcement that Edge will be rebuilt based on the open source Chromium rendering engine, the same engine used by Google Chrome. Microsoft said it expects to have a preview build of the Chromium-based Edge browser ready in early 2019 for users to try.

    However, it's unclear if the preview will initially be limited to Windows or extend to the Mac simultaneously.

    Edge succeeded Internet Explorer as Microsoft's default web browser on Windows in 2015, with a mobile version later released for iOS and Android. It will be Microsoft's first web browser on Mac since Internet Explorer for Mac received its last feature update over 15 years ago, in June 2003.

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    Internet Explorer was the default web browser on Mac between 1998 and 2003, when Apple released Safari on Mac OS X Panther.

    Article Link: Microsoft Edge Web Browser Coming to the Mac Over 15 Years After Internet Explorer for Mac
     
  2. Hodar1 macrumors member

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    That's a download I can pass on.
    MS used to make a good browser, now between Firefox and Safari; I'm good .... thanks

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  3. theheadguy macrumors 65816

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    It's a very good browser. Hopefully people who think their snarky comments are clever and appreciated will have actually used it and judged it on the merits first.

    edit: too late lol.
     
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    I might give it a try, if it's as smooth and fast as on W10 I'll switch.
     
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    Who's going to voluntarily download this browser?

    Edit: If it's built on Chromium it might be a bit different.
     
  7. Kaibelf macrumors 68020

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    What's the point? Just use Chrome then, or any of the other Chromium based browsers like Brave, Epic, or even Opera which are available now. I cannot imagine any worthwhile differentiator that MS will bring in this instance.
     
  8. AngerDanger, Dec 6, 2018
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    I can think of one—maybe two—good reasons…

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    EDIT: 24 hours later, and I just realized I left in the Windows navigation on the right.
     
  9. Master Atrus macrumors regular

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    I’ve been pretty impressed with Microsoft’s focus of late on their products, cross platform.

    I’ll definitely give this a try.
     
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    If it renders the same as Chrome it could be a great Chrome replacement for people who don't trust Google. But honestly now that Safari supports tab icons, I've found myself using Safari a lot more on the desktop.
     
  11. M.Rizk macrumors 6502

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    4K Netflix on macOS guys? Anyone? I don't think I will be using Edge for anything else on macOS as I love iCloud Keychain but I sure will use it for Netflix and YouTube.
     
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    My main browser is Opera. It has built-in cryptocurrency/ad blocking, and also a battery saver feature which blocks other tabs' scripts from running. But I'll give a chance to Edge, although it looks buggy sometimes on Windows, e.g., for PDF reading.
     
  13. tvalleau macrumors newbie

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    Really? Two days ago they announced they are discontinuing it. Hand-me-downs?
     
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    Why are they even trying at this point? It's the worst browser I have ever used.
     
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    They are not discontinuing it. They are just changing the engine. Microsoft spent tons on marketing Edge and it happens to be the only one that can do 4K on Netflix in the market.
     
  19. hlfway2anywhere macrumors 65816

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    I don't see a Microsoft announcement in that article. It says they declined to comment.
     
  20. now i see it macrumors 68030

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    I think it's safe to say that absolutely nobody cares (about a MS browser for Mac). Nobody is going to use it except for a few curious techies.
     
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    Ah, Internet Explorer for Mac... brings back memories of crashing the network at my work experience placement in the early '00s trying to get online with mac OS 9!
     
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    I suspect you didn't use Rockmelt. ;)
     
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    Alexa, tell Cortana to tell Siri to tell Safari to download Edge.
     
  24. Macintoshrumors macrumors 6502

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    I have used it on my parents pc to test it out. It’s trash, funny how they even went out of their way to find chrome. Edge is horrible, that’s one fact you can not deny.
     

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