The browser, which was previously exclusive to Windows 10 PCs (and the few Windows 10 Mobile devices that might be rotting in storage houses somewhere), is going to be available, starting today, on iOS devices and on Android devices stating the 17th of Octobre, Microsoft revealed in a surprise announcement today.
While the initial rollout of the browser will be limited to the US market, it will be expanding to other regions over the course of the next few weeks. The browser is currently very much in a beta stage, and Microsoft is looking to get as much feedback as possible to improve and polish the app before rolling it out to the public.
Aside from all the standard browser features that we are all aware of and expect, Microsoft is piloting a new feature – one of the flagship features that Microsoft wants to market to potential users with their Fall Creators Update. It goes by the name of "Continue on PC", and it works in a similar manner to Handoff on Apple devices – allowing you to literally continue whatever you're doing on your mobile browser on your PC by pressing a button at the bottom of your browser, and vice verse. You can also save your browsing sessions for later. It also enables simple sharing of documents across devices, to speed up your workflow.
Aside from this, it packs the standard set of browser features, such as:
Website favourites sync
Reading list sync
eBook and ePub support, including sync of purchased content from Windows Store. (Coming soon)
Password Sync. (Coming soon)
As the feature list above indicates, functionality will not be complete at launch. A number of features, along with the Android version itself, will be rearing their heads over the next few weeks. And while there is no plan for extension support at the moment according to Joe Belfiore, the corporate VP of Microsoft's Windows and Devices group, it has the potential to end up on the roadmap if user demand for the feature increases over time and with more feedback.
Edge: on both platforms we use the native web-rendering platform for best battery life, system integration...just like on PC. 😁— Joe Belfiore (@joebelfiore) October 5, 2017
According to Belfiore, the apps will use native rendering engines for the respective platforms and are, unfortunately, not powered by the snappy EdgeHTML engine powering Edge on other platforms. However, the app is still a little more than a browser skin with additional functionality that improves cohesive integration with other Microsoft services. We definitely think that it has it's appeal, as such a vast number of people use Windows 10 – meaning the additional functionality that comes with using Edge will definitely benefit a lot of users. While Microsoft may not have had a great deal of success with Edge in the past, it's definitely a capable piece of software with the potential to succeed on other platforms, as Outlook did.
What do you guys think? Do you think you'll use Edge on your mobile device? Drop a comment below or post over in the forums with your thoughts.
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