Microsoft Edge built for ARM PCs now available in Canary channel

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Microsoft Edge logo on card (Image credit: Daniel Rubino/Windows Central)

What you need to know

  • Microsoft today launched the new Edge browser for ARM PCs in the Canary testing channel.
  • A native ARM64 version has been in testing internally for some time, but wasn't available publicly prior to today.
  • This release should mean better battery life and performance for Surface Pro X owners, and anyone else with an ARM PC.

After some gentle prodding, Microsoft today released the native ARM64 version of its new Edge browser for testing. Available initially in the Canary channel, the browser should offer better overall performance and battery life for Windows 10 on ARM PCs.

Previously, without a native version of the browser publicly available, ARM PCs could only run the new Edge through emulation, which means the code isn't optimized for the platform. The native ARM64 version of the browser has been in testing for some time internally at Microsoft, so it was puzzling when this version of the browser wasn't released for testing alongside the launch of the Surface Pro X. With its entry into the Canary channe today, that's no longer an issue and it should give Microsoft time to get plenty of feedback on the Dev and Beta channels when it hits them in the coming weeks or months.

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The new Chromium-based version of Microsoft Edge is set for release on January 15, 2020, on Windows and macOS. It's unclear, for now, whether the ARM version will be a included in that initial launch. However, it's a positive sign that it has officially entered public testing.

You can download the Microsoft Edge Beta, Dev, and Canary channels from the Edge Insider site now.

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  • Finally! They're paying attention to all the backlash and getting their caboose in gear. Also a good excuse for me to get that Lenovo Yoga c630 on Ebay I've been eyeing.
  • Which backlash is that? Is it where people criticise them for releasing products too early without properly testing them that you're talking about?
  • No, the backlash about not having an ARM version of their new browser for their ARM version of Surface. It is clear that people spend a great deal of their time in the (a) browser. To have that experience hampered by running under emulation on WoA, would clearly have been an issue on that platform. If you want people to enjoy/adopt WoA you need to get two things right, Office, Browser.
  • You happy now? SHEESH 🙄
  • Anyone know exactly how to download this? I keep going to the insider page and it seems to just download the regular chromium version and not the Arm64 version. Nevermind, I was mistaken.
  • I've just downloaded the Beta version for the first time and I'm having a hard time comprehending how much better, faster and more responsive it is over the old/original Edge. It's literally 100x better than the old Edge. Microsoft needs to get this onto every new Windows machine out of the box as a matter of absolute priority.
  • The vast majority of people who use Windows for light computing only need Office and Chrome (or Edge). Once Chrome for ARM arrives, and cheaper WoA devices appear on the market, that opens up a world of possibilities. Google and Apple will have direct competition.
  • Hi Daniel, Could one use this build of Edge on Surface 2? Thanks in advance.