Microsoft Edge for Surface Pro X (ARM64) is now in the Insider Beta channel

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Surface Pro X (Image credit: Daniel Rubino / Windows Central)

Following the full release of the new Microsoft Edge browser for all Windows and macOS devices the ARM64 variant has now graduated to beta status, up from the developer channel released a month ago.

Version 80.0.361.32 is the build received when downloading from Edge Insider's beta channel (meanwhile, the latest canary build is at 81.0.394.0 for ARM64).

While Microsoft released the new Edge browser for nearly all Windows devices, ARM64 devices like the Surface Pro X are on a different timeline. Microsoft told us last week that the official ARM64 version will likely be released as a non-beta roughly six weeks after today. Considering beta builds are on a six-week schedule, that sounds about right. That timing also lines up with the new Collections feature, which is getting some final polish before it too is released from beta.

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The ARM64 (64-bit) version of the new Edge browser runs exceptionally well on the Surface Pro X. Optimized for speed by running natively and bringing all the latest syncing features make it the best browser by far for PCs running Qualcomm Snapdragon processors.

Users do not need to do anything special to download the Beta Edge browser for ARM64. Simply download the .exe file (link below) and it automatically pulls in the ARM64 version. Users can also continue to run either Canary or Dev Insider builds alongside the new Beta version as well.

For those who are looking for something a bit different Firefox has an ARM64 version (opens in new tab) of its popular browser that is also outstanding.

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Daniel Rubino is the Editor-in-chief of Windows Central, head reviewer, podcast co-host, and analyst. He has been covering Microsoft since 2007 when this site was called WMExperts (and later Windows Phone Central). His interests include Windows, laptops, next-gen computing, and for some reason, watches. Before all this tech stuff, he worked on a Ph.D. in linguistics, watched people sleep (for medical purposes!), and ran the projectors at movie theaters because it was fun.

  • If ur currently on beta will it download the arm64 version as an update or do you have to unistall/reinstall to change from the 32bit version?
  • Yeah, it just overwrites it. You can check under Edge Settings > About Microsoft Edge it will say "64-bit". If you're not running the ARM64 version it will say 32-bit.
  • Any word on how browser extensions work? Can you just install from the Chrome store, or do extensions have to be recompiled for ARM64 to work at all, or can you use existing extensions but the performance is poorer?
  • Good question
    Never thought of that before
  • Sounds great (though it doesn't affect me, or at least not yet). Any news on when Chrome proper will have ARM64 support, DR?
  • "Any news on when Chrome proper" that is very interesting and quite a nifty jab