What you need to know
- Microsoft Edge is now available with support for Apple's M1 chips.
- M1 support means that the browser can run natively on Apple's new hardware.
- Microsoft Edge with M1 support has gradually worked its way through several Microsoft preview channels, and is now generally available.
Microsoft Edge now natively supports Apple's new M1 chips. If you go to Microsoft's page for Edge and select "Download for macOS," you will see options to get the browser for a Mac with an Intel chip or a Mac with an Apple chip. Native support for Apple's M1 chips means that Edge can fully utilize the new hardware and that the browser doesn't have to run through emulation.
Apple's newest hardware, including its MacBook Air, MacBook Pro, and Mac Mini run on the company's new silicon. If an app doesn't natively support the new chips from Apple, they can still run on the computers through Rosetta 2, but they won't run as well as apps with native support.
In addition to having native M1 support, Microsoft Edge his "designed to feel at home on a Mac," according to Microsoft. The browser lets you sync passwords, favorites, and settings across devices and platforms.
Microsoft Edge steadily worked its way through Microsoft's preview channels over the last few months, so the company has had some time to work with it on Apple's new chips.
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