Microsoft Launches Edge Browser for iOS and Android

Allan Goodman
October 7, 2017

Microsoft has announced that they are bringing their Microsoft Edge browser to both Apple's iOS platform and Google's Android Platform. Edge for iOS is available today, but only as a preview via Apple TestFlight, while the Android version is simply said to be "coming soon".

This will mean that you will be able to easily share web pages from your PC to your smartphone and vice versa, enabling you to pick up where you left off. For Microsoft, this is one way to keep Windows PCs relevant as more people make smartphones their primary computing device.

Microsoft's Windows Mobile wasn't going so well, and now we have seen its end, so what you do with the remaining mobile assets, bring it to Android and improve whatever already exists.

What is different here is that Microsoft is not just going to be placing the Edge browser on iOS or Android. However, knowing that those users are not many, Microsoft chose to spread its new web browser on other systems, such as the new iOS and Android version. Consistent with our engineering approach for Windows 10, we'll be listening to feedback throughout our preview and will update the apps regularly with fixes and new features. It will look and feel just like Microsoft Edge, and will also help unify those running on a PC with the mobile devices. These beta testers will have the first taste of how the browser works on Android and iOS. It will soon be available for Android devices, but for now, you can explore it with the preview version. Continue on PC leverages Microsoft's cloud service and stores whatever you were doing to the Microsoft Graph.

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"Android phones have a feature that iPhones don't - they allow customization of the "launcher" that's displayed when you push the phone's home button". It is only available in US English (sorry Brits) and it won't work on iPad or Android tablets for the time being. The launcher comes with a feed like Google Now that shows top news, events of the day, and most used apps.

Besides, those who are on the Arrow Launcher beta will automatically get the Microsoft Launcher. It's also now in US-English only, but Microsoft says language support will expand as the preview continues.

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