The new Microsoft Edge launches on January 15 for Windows and macOS

Microsoft Edge logo on Start menu
Microsoft Edge logo on Start menu (Image credit: Windows Central)

What you need to know

  • The new Microsoft Edge officially launches on January 15.
  • Launch platforms include Windows 7, 8, 10 and macOS.
  • This brings to an end months of beta testing to get Edge to a stable state.

Microsoft has today announced that the new, Chromium-based version of Edge will be launching officially on January 15, with a release candidate available today for those who want to test a stable version of the new Edge before general availability. The new Microsoft Edge started development late last year, and Microsoft says it's going to be the best web browser for consumers and businesses.

Microsoft Edge is now a cross-platform endeavor for the company, being available on Windows 7 through 10, as well as macOS, Android, and iOS. All of your passwords, history, privacy settings, and more sync and work seamlessly across all these different platforms if you use Microsoft Edge to surf the web. On the subject of surfing, Microsoft has also unveiled a new identity for Edge with a new logo that's heavily inspired by surfing the edge of a wave. It's a colorful, clean looking icon that shakes the stigma of old Edge and Internet Explorer entirely.

Now that a release candidate of Microsoft Edge is available, this gives us a good idea of the feature-set we can expect to see when Edge launches officially in January. New features like Collections make doing research for a project much easier. Collections lets you throw together a list of links, images, and webpages that can be searched and referred to later. There are also new privacy settings that make it harder for advertisements on the web to track you across websites, and a focus on web apps that lets you install them directly to your PC like a native app.

Business users will be happy to hear that the new Microsoft Edge also integrates with Microsoft Search, meaning the address bar along the top of the browser can also tap into their own internal network and index company files and folders as well.

While users of other browsers like Chrome and Opera will be happy with the new Edge, users of the old Edge may be upset to hear that many staple features of that browser, such as set tabs aside, Fluent Design, and inking onto webpages, are missing. Microsoft does say that developers and consumers can expect to hear more from Microsoft regarding the new Edge in the spring, so perhaps it'll be then where we see old and new features show up.

Zac Bowden
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  • Nice! I am hoping this release candidate will give me better battery life on my laptop than Google Chrome currently does. My understanding is that this will be a Win32 app...hopefully it can be integrated as a UWP app in Windows 10 with all the power-saving benefits it brings, as was the case with the old Edge.
  • No Set Tabs Aside or inking are deal breakers for me, so my question is, what happens to the EdgeHTML version of Edge. Will we still be able to continue using it or are they going to forcibly remove it from our Window 10 PCs?
  • It will eventually be replaced with the new Edge. Likely with 20H2.
  • Is the "stable realease" the same as the new Beta?
  • The released candidate is the beta that was released today, yes.
  • So people will just lose all of their tab groupings due to a forced upgrade? That could be disastrous for some people. Is there a way to block it and stay on old Edge? I thought the old Edge required an OS-level update but that the new Edge was independent of that. Are you saying that the old Edge will be removed at the OS-level in the 20H2 Windows 10 update and the non-OS level Edge will just be automatically installed in its place? Don't Windows 10 Pro users have the ability to turn off OS-level updates? If so, would that enable them to hang on to old Edge?
  • Until 20H2, Edge and new Edge will exist side by side. You'll be able to use either. 20H2 is due late 2020, so hopefully by that time, they'll be done porting all Edge features.
  • I suspect that Microsoft's data showed low use of these features so they ended up down the list in terms of priority features in the intital release. Personally, I never used either of those features after a first try of them, but I can see the value for some use cases.
  • Not just that - it's also about ease of development. Some things had to take priority and some had to be shelved for v1 despite being important. Inking is a signature feature and, frankly, the current implementation is awful. Hopefully WinUI 3 and XAML Islands can make it better
  • Which one is the release candidate version?
    I can see Beta, Dev & Canary channel only!
  • It's the Beta that was released today.
  • Inking was nice, especially in a PDF to sign documents. Still, worth the trade-off for a better browser.
  • They're going to add inking to the new one too. Hopefully it's as good. The current preview version sucks.
  • Yes, I noticed the set aside feature was gone. I really want that
  • I started using the Dev channel as soon as they announced it but quickly swapped to the Canary channel. Even being on the bleeding edge (:P) I've only had 1 issue and that was where in one release the YouTube site was completely fubar'd and unusable. I reported it via the feedback option in the app and it was fixed 2 days later - yay!
  • The release date, January 15, 2020, is not coincidence since Windows 7 extended support ends the day before on January 14 thus also ending Internet Explorer 11 support for Windows 7.
  • Windows 8... So does that mean Windows 8 RT too???
  • It does not 😕
  • Surely it will be there for Surface Pro X and other WOA devices with ARM64 version?
  • Hopefully the new Android version of Edge launches much sooner than that.
  • Edge is already on Android