Yesterday, as part of the Microsoft Build program, the company briefly teased Microsoft Edge for Mac. We managed to install the developer and Canary versions on a Mac and you can hardly say that it is not a Windows version. This is good.
Microsoft Build has just released the Mac version of Edge
Microsoft Build is underway and the company has used its main address to announce a Linux kernel for Windows, a real command line and new features for the Edge browser. While we were talking about Edge, Microsoft has included an Edge teaser for Mac in a YouTube video. It did not provide a date, timeline, or substantial information beyond a quick screenshot.
You might think that the media version for Mac is a long way, but the late Twitter user (and frequently Microsoft leaker) WalkingCat links tweeted for dev and canary versions – download and install as usual to try. We have installed them and we are glad to see that the browser is almost identical to the Windows versions in terms of functionality and features. It will be difficult to find differences beyond those required by the operating system, such as keyboard shortcuts.
You’ll get Microsoft and Chrome extensions, experimental flags, and dark mode
If you’ve been looking at Chromium-based Edge browser coverage, you should know what to expect here. Same as the Windows version, starting Edge for the first time, you will do that prompts you to import browser data and start Sign in with a Microsoft account. From there I was able to install the LastPass Edge extension and after that enable third-party extensions, I was also able to use the Grammarly Chrome extension. Each extension worked flawlessly after connecting to their respective accounts.
Of course, this also includes the default option to use Bing when searching from the address bar. But you can change this by clicking the three dots in the upper right corner, selecting «Settings»> «Privacy and services»> «Address bar». From there, you will choose your favorite search engine.
Like Edge for Windows, you can use Edge: // flagsto activate additional functions and which includes dark mode. (Apple has introduced dark mode with MacOS Mojave, so you’ll need to turn it on with activating the flag in the Edge to set the setting). The experience is almost identical to Windows in almost every way: menus, settings, speed and just about anything else. In our first search, we found only two differences to consider: rounded corners and Microsoft Defender browser protection extension preinstalled .
Microsoft Defender browser protection protects you from malware
In March, Microsoft has announced Chrome and Firefox extensions to wear you container technology to other browsers. In theory, if you were browsing a malicious site in Chrome or Firefox, you would be redirected to an Edge browser tab to protect it with its container capabilities. Because Edge Chromium has built-in technology, no extension is required for Windows versions.
The Mac version differs in that the extension is visible and installed from getgo. You can click the Defender icon and browse the demo sites designed to demonstrate how the extension handles phishing sites. However, because this process is completely internal, it is not clear why MacOS versions have a visible extension and Windows versions do not. Microsoft may detail this later when it provides more information about the new browser.
For an unpublished initial version, the browser works surprisingly well and feels fully equipped. After spending time with both versions, it’s easy to see the benefits of Chromium that works for Microsoft. With a basic shared engine, Windows and MacOS browsers are almost identical in design, usability and speed. This similarity works well for Microsoft’s goal of reaching all platforms.