Microsoft Launches First Microsoft Edge Preview Builds for Mac Users

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    Microsoft today announced the launch of a preview or canary build of its Microsoft Edge browser designed for the macOS operating system.

    Microsoft Edge for macOS can be installed from the Microsoft Edge Insider site on compatible Macs.


    Microsoft first unveiled plans to bring the Microsoft Edge browser to the Mac at its annual Build developer conference in Seattle, held on May 6. Shortly after, a canary version of the browser appeared on Microsoft's site, but it was not made officially available until today.

    According to Microsoft, Edge on the Mac will be quite similar to the Edge experience on Windows, but with "user experience optimizations" to make it "feel at home on a Mac." The overall look and feel of the browser will be tailored to match "what macOS users expect" from Mac apps.

    Microsoft says that the initial build available today includes several interface changes to meld the Microsoft design language with the design language of macOS.
    Exclusive user experiences for macOS are also coming in the future, such as "useful and contextual actions" for the Touch Bar on Touch Bar-compatible Macs. Trackpad gestures will also be supported.

    To use the new macOS version of Microsoft Edge, a Mac running macOS 10.12 or later is required.

    Article Link: Microsoft Launches First Microsoft Edge Preview Builds for Mac Users
  2. moabal macrumors regular

    Jun 22, 2010
    Hasn't this been out for a few weeks already? I have it installed.
  3. dannyyankou macrumors G3


    Mar 2, 2012
    Scarsdale, NY
    Same, I downloaded it last week
  4. edtorious macrumors 65816


    Aug 14, 2007
    San Diego, California
    Can anyone confirm if we can watch Netflix in 4K using this browser?
  5. johannnn macrumors 65816


    Nov 20, 2009
    I assume they’re spending resource on this for a good reason. Why should I use this instead of Safari or Chrome? Does Microsoft have their own bookmark sync etc? Tight interaction with OneDrive? Are they pushing users to Bing (which is ******)?

    I have a Mac in corporate, but I always use Safari first, and then move to Chrome if the site is ****** coded and don’t work properly in Safari. When and why should I launch this browser?
  6. chabig macrumors 603

    Sep 6, 2002
    I do the same, but use Brave instead of Chrome. I don’t want Flash. Also, why give Google the business?
  7. Ken Linger macrumors member

    Ken Linger

    Jul 18, 2016
    Phoenix, AZ
    Well, perhaps the only reason for a Mac user to use it would be the syncing with Microsoft for things like bookmarks, passwords, form-data. Chrome already does this (via Google) so it's not anything new. It would be, though, a cross-platform sync for users who have both Macs and PCs and have standardized Windows on using Microsoft's browser.

    However, being that this essentially Chrome, the current Mac experience is that it looks and feels like Chrome and can even use Chrome plug-ins. The syncing features aren't yet available.
  8. fhall1 macrumors 68040


    Dec 18, 2007
    (Central) NY State of mind
    I also installed the Dev version from the link 9to5 supplied a couple weeks ago. It was updated a couple days ago as part of the package of updates I got when updating Office 365. It is now at Dev Build
  9. JosephAW macrumors 68020


    May 14, 2012
  10. coolfactor macrumors 601

    Jul 29, 2002
    Vancouver, BC CANADA
    I've had this installed for a couple of weeks, but rarely launch it. YET, I'm notified that updates get installed. I never gave it permission to install updates automatically, and there doesn't seem to be any way to turn that off. Typical Microsoft... a wolf in sheep's clothing.
  11. deannnnn macrumors 68020


    Jun 4, 2007
    New York City & South Florida
    Just because we're Apple fans doesn't mean you have to hate Google. I use Chrome first, Safari second because I am forced to use a PC at work and need something cross-platform.
  12. 69Mustang macrumors 604


    Jan 7, 2014
    In between a rock and a hard place
    Not really sure why you'd have an issue give business to Google. Apple definitely doesn't. Neither does MR... or any other tech site you probably visit.
  13. wolfshades macrumors 6502


    Nov 1, 2007
    Toronto, Ontario Canada
    Have to say, I've been using it almost exclusively for about a week now, and I really like its performance.
  14. Netniks macrumors newbie


    Jul 15, 2003
    Anyone remember Bill Gates’ giant head floating above the stage of MacWorld ’97, where Steve made IE the default browser on the Mac in exchange for a non-voting investment by Microsoft? I don't know the market share of Chrome OS, but embedded systems companies should stick together to keep providing choice and better browser performance. I don’t know if Edge will survive as my primary browser, but I’m glad that the macOS is the recipient of high-quality application development.
  15. Bawstun macrumors 65816


    Jun 25, 2009
    That’s because literally every other browser available on Mac or iOS is better than Safari.

    All of them.

    Firefox is BLAZINGLY fast on iOS with their new under the hood improvements.

    Dolphin Browser

    Opera Touch



    I mean take your pick. Safari is default installed, featureless-garbage. ‍♂️
  16. Ken Linger macrumors member

    Ken Linger

    Jul 18, 2016
    Phoenix, AZ
    Yeah, its not bad. The hardest part for me is the lack of 1Password integration. That is, 1Password-X works but doesn't tie into the desktop app. The Chrome plugin for 1Password DOES install but can't find the app on the Mac (nor would it probably work due to it being an unauthorized browser). This would likely change.
  17. Chrome262 macrumors newbie

    Oct 2, 2013
    mainly for their data policy, believe it or not MS and Apple are probably better in taking care of your data then Google only in the fact that they aren't invested in making money off of your data. Apple has on numerous occasions gone agains law in keeping them from gaining access, MS has done the same. And, Safari and other browsers do a better job than Chrome it turning off cross site tracking and sharing cookies. On Mac Chrome is a huge memory hog. might be the same for MS not sure.
  18. jdclifford macrumors 6502

    Jul 26, 2011
    I've been using developer version for a few weeks now. For the most part I like in better than Safari. No particular reason; just a general feeling of a smoother experience.
  19. moabal macrumors regular

    Jun 22, 2010
    Waiting on that fix too!
  20. WB2Colorado macrumors regular


    Aug 1, 2008
    Durango, Colorado
    Edge installs updates automatically, same as Chrome. Microsoft just has the courtesy to tell you they’re doing it.
  21. iStorm macrumors member

    Sep 18, 2012
    One thing this article doesn't mention (but maybe you already know this) is that the new Edge browser is based on Chromium. So it is essentially Chrome, but without the Google stuff and telemetry. Of course it will be tailored for Microsoft, and have their own bookmark sync. I would much rather install and use Edge on my Mac rather than Chrome. (Still using Safari first though.)
  22. Sasparilla macrumors 65816

    Jul 6, 2012
    Yeah, no need to give Microsoft my stuff and telemetry instead of Google.

    Safari / Firefox and Vivaldi for me.
  23. chiinkwia macrumors newbie

    May 20, 2019
    If u area Mac user why would want to load a pos Microsoft browser that is probably buggy(generally are)prone to viruses (generally are) and prone to allow in hackers(definitely are)?

    No thanks been there done that.NEVER AGAIN!
  24. Ken Linger macrumors member

    Ken Linger

    Jul 18, 2016
    Phoenix, AZ
    In response to some of those who asked "why use a Microsoft browser on a Mac?" perhaps the best reason is "history."

    That is, it has often been the case that MS has some development tool that builds a site hosted on MS servers that "requires" the current MS browser (originally IE, now Edge, eventually Chromium-Edge). Many of us remember banks and other sites that wouldn't worked EXCEPT on Windows, IE 6.1sp2, etc. Having a version of Edge for the Mac "may" alleviate some of that pain if it manifests itself again (but no guarantee, either).
  25. Digital Dude macrumors 6502a

    Digital Dude

    Oct 12, 2008
    Arizona where freedom still means something
    Installed it and I like it! I was using the beta version on Windows via Parallels, and it works pretty well. Sure, it doesn't have quite the feature set of Safari and Chrome, but it's a lot faster than Safari and cleaning looking than Google Chrome.

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