Microsoft's Chromium Edge Browser for Mac Officially Launches


macrumors regular
Aug 6, 2017
Cheney, WA, USA
Edge uses less memory than Firefox does and that was a real surprise, Brave was slow on my Mac for some reason; Edge is faster than either. I'm surprised that OneDrive is working better than iCloud Drive has and that OneNote actually syncs. (Evernote wants $95.88/year for its Premium version!! (the only useable one) and OneNote is free)

For the longest time, Microsoft forgot how to sync files reliably and quickly; that's one of the reasons I switched away from Microsoft, in general. FWIW, I've seen iCloud Drive stall on uploads and never finish. YMMV, as always. I always consider my customers' habits, wants and needs when deciding what to recommend, and it's no different for anyone else.

EDIT: Oh, and Safari has totally killed the OneNote Clipper, which was a dealbreaker for me.


macrumors 601
Jan 14, 2002
South Dakota, USA
Who in their RIGHT mind would ever install a Micro$oft product on their Apple product? Crashes. Hacking vulnerabilities. You name it. To quote Linus Torvalds many years ago, windows is NOT the answer. Windows is the question. NO is the answer. I would not give it a femtosecond of thought.
Somehow this post feels like it was made at least 20 years ago.


macrumors 6502a
Feb 23, 2016
Somehow this post feels like it was made at least 20 years ago.
LOL, it sure does. It's time to move on from the Mac vs Windows war. Maybe the poster you responded to should have a look in the Catalina forum. There's a ton of criticism regarding Apple's latest OS. I tried Edge on my 2018 Mini and it's a nice browser.


macrumors G3
Jul 11, 2009
This requires the use of a pkg installer rather than an easier dmg for simply dragging into the application folder. I suspect MS needs to install custom fonts and other BS, but I won't touch this with a ten foot pole.
It doesn't. It installs the browser and Microsoft Autoupdate and nothing else.


macrumors 68030
May 14, 2012
Maybe to cut down on MS tracking use someone could provide a list of domains / ips they could block in hosts file or firewall or little snitch.


macrumors 603
Feb 13, 2012
Perth, Western Australia
The only reason this exists is for Macs in a corporate environment under Microsoft's device/application management.

For businesses that want to grant access to internal company sites via ONLY a locked down browser. Same reason Edge for iOS exists. The business can prevent printing/copying/etc. for various documents accessed via their sharepoint site via Edge (blocking other browsers entirely).

That's the only reason to run it. Otherwise just run any of the other Chromium based browsers.


macrumors 65816
Sep 16, 2014
Looks like it's straight out of 2006. Still using Mutt for email?
Mutt works faster than Apple Mail, is more stable, and doesnt randomly delete emails either, unlike Apple Mail

and the latest stable release of MUTT was YESTERDAY, making it far more current than that monstrosity put out by Apple


Jan 10, 2012
I tried it. I really like being able to use my OneDrive account to sync everything. I've used Brave on Windows up until now and think I'll be switching to this on my work/personal windows machines. I tried it on Mac OS and it worked well - but without 1Blocker ... I'd have to find an Adblock service for it.

I like OneDrive and use it for my primary cloud service so I'm very biased to Microsoft.

What killed it on Mac OS for me was not getting the automatic prompts to put in my 2 factor pins sent to my cellphone. :p Yep, back to safari for me on Mac OS. Loving it on Windows!


macrumors member
Apr 26, 2010
I've been using the new Edge for a few days now, and I must say it's now my new favorite browser. As someone who has Brave, Vivaldi, Firefox, Chrome, and of course Safari, I've yet to find a browser that doesn't annoy me in some way. I have a 2017 MBP i5 w/ 8 gigs ram. Safari to me has gotten worse since I first got my MBP. First of all I hate the ad blockers for Safari in Catalina. Also, It seems a little more resource hungry than it use to, and I have some site compatibility issues and bugginess. I have to clear my cache/history often for optimal performance. Firefox is just waaaay to resource hungry for me. Heats my MBP up too much. Chrome is resource hungry as well and I have privacy concerns. I like Brave but it has some site compatibility issues also. Mainly profootballtalk which I visit often. I really like Vivaldi and it previously held the crown for my favorite browser on Mac. My only issues with Vivaldi is speed inconsistency, and the lack of a mobile app. Edge for me has solved everything. I've yet to find a site that has compatibility issues. It has awesome privacy features. I can install all of my favorite extensions from Chrome, mainly uBlock Origin and Video Downloader Professional. It's the fastest browser on this list for me other than maybe Brave; the speed in page rendering really shocks me every time I use it. Edge is surprisingly light on resources on my Mac. It's hit on my battery is less than all the other browsers but Brave. And finally, I like the Edge Mobile Browser as well on my iPad and iPhone, something I can't say for Chrome, Firefox, and Brave. I'm not the biggest Microsoft fan, but I think they nailed it with this browser.
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