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Microsoft Edge Canary now runs better on new Macs thanks to native M1 support

Macbook Air M1
Macbook Air M1 (Image credit: Daniel Bader / Windows Central)

What you need to know

  • Microsoft Edge Canary now natively supports Apple's M1 processors.
  • The native version of Edge should get better performance than the previous version running through Rosetta 2.
  • You can download Microsoft Edge Canary through the Microsoft Edge Insider website.

Microsoft Edge Canary now natively supports Apple's M1 processors. With native M1 support, the browser can take full advantage of Apple's silicon to provide a better experience. You can download Microsoft Edge Canary through the Microsoft Edge Insider website. As is the case with other beta and preview versions of apps, Microsoft Edge Canary may have some issues and bugs.

Apple's latest devices, including the MacBook Air, Macbook Pro, and Mac Mini, have the company's new silicon. Apps that don't have native support for the new M1 chips can still run on the new Macs through Rosetta 2, but they won't run as well as apps with native M1 support.

The Microsoft Edge Dev Twitter account teased M1 support about a month ago and announced native M1 support for Edge Canary this week.

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Our sister site iMore shared a Microsoft Edge review for the Mac version of Edge earlier this year. Since the browser's initial release on macOS, it's received several updates and new features.

Microsoft appears to be all aboard the M1 train. The company also recently announced native M1 support for the Office suite of apps. The Office apps also got a new look to match the macOS Big Sur update.

Sean Endicott
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Sean Endicott brings nearly a decade of experience covering Microsoft and Windows news to Windows Central. He joined our team in 2017 as an app reviewer and now heads up our day-to-day news coverage. If you have a news tip or an app to review, hit him up at sean.endicott@futurenet.com (opens in new tab).

2 Comments
  • Microsoft Edge is more than a worthy alternative to Chrome, Edge is just flat out better IMO. Collections are my favorite addition and I use them all the time.
  • Ain't that something. MS has just started supporting 64 bit apps on WOA. On Apple's M1 they run better.