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    Chromium-based Edge for macOS may arrive earlier than you think


    Microsoft has previously said it expects to bring the new Chromium version of Edge to other platforms outside of Windows, notably with reference to the Mac, and new excavated evidence indicates that the browser will indeed arrive on macOS – and possibly soon.

    This comes from a German technical website, Windows United, which ran Chromium-based Edge on Windows Server 2016, and received a message that the platform was not supported – with a clarification that the browser currently only supports Windows 10 version 1709 or higher, and macOS 10.12 or newer.

    This ' platform not supported ' message states compatibility with macOS 10.12 or better (image credit: Windows United)

    So assuming this grab is legitimate, it seems to indicate that the Mac is now being brought in, with macOS Sierra as the cut-off point (the version of Apple ' s desktop operating system released in 2016).

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    Windows United further speculates that Windows 7 or 8 is not even mentioned in the pop-up warning message, which could mean that macOS support could go live even for those older versions of Microsoft OS – although that may seem a bit like, maybe .

    That said, we could easily take this as an indication that Chromium-based Edge will arrive on macOS in the near future. And since Microsoft Build is not too far away and set to take place in Seattle in May, may we see a first unveiling of the browser for the Mac at that developer conference? That would be an ideal opportunity for Microsoft to underline how ' open ' it will be with the new browser.

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    Whatever happens, this seems to support Joe Belfiore's statement in a December 2018 blog that Microsoft plans to bring this new version of Edge not only to Windows 10, but to all supported versions of Windows (ie, Windows 7 and 8), and "Other platforms such as macOS".

    Belfiore promised that Microsoft would evolve the browser code to a wider level, to be available on as many devices as possible, while retaining all the benefits of close integration with the Windows operating system.

    Of course, that is a completely different attitude to the original Edge, which was made exclusively for Windows 10 and was not even available for those on other versions of Windows.

    Microsoft has clear advantages in switching its browser to the Chromium engine, not the least of which is a range of Chrome extensions that are readily available, and better stability and overall compatibility with websites, that's where the original Edge struggled.

    The counter argument is that Microsoft throws in its destiny with Google, giving the latter a monopoly on the web, although to be honest, stand-alone Edge had little impact anyway (and indeed had declined in terms of adoption as before) year).

    If you want to know what it's all about, preview builds from Chromium-based Edge can now be downloaded for Windows 10, so you can continue and give it a twist – but as always with early work-in-progress software, expect a few bugs.

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