Last month, Microsoft announced the first preview builds of the new Chromium-based version of Microsoft Edge for Windows 10. Today, the earlier leaked Microsoft Edge Canary channel for macOS is also available. You can now install preview builds from the Microsoft Edge Insider site for your macOS or Windows 10 PC, with more Windows version support coming soon.
Microsoft Edge for macOS will offer the same new browsing experience that Microsoft is previewing on Windows, with user experience optimizations to make it feel at home on a Mac. Microsoft is tailoring the overall look and feel to match what macOS users expect from apps on this platform.
With this initial release, Microsoft has made several changes to the user interface to align with the Microsoft design language whilst making it feel natural on macOS.
Examples of this include a number of tweaks to match macOS conventions for fonts, menus, keyboard shortcuts, title casing, and other areas. The look and feel of the browser will evolve in future releases as Microsoft continue to experiment, iterate and listen to customer feedback.
Additionally, Microsoft is designing user experiences that are exclusive to macOS, by leveraging specific hardware features available on Mac. For example, providing useful and contextual actions through the Touch Bar like website shortcuts, tab switching and video controls, as well as enabling familiar navigation with trackpad gestures.
The new Microsoft Edge preview builds for macOS are available through “Microsoft Edge Insider Channels.” Today Microsoft is launching the Microsoft Edge Insider Canary Channel, which Mac users can download and try at the Microsoft Edge Insider site. This channel is available starting today on macOS 10.12 and above. The Dev Channel will be released very soon, and once available, you’ll be able to download and install it side-by-side with the Canary Channel.
As with our Windows preview builds, the new macOS version also includes support for installable, standards-based Progressive Web Apps which you can inspect and debug using the browser developer tools. Microsoft is working to make PWAs feel at home alongside your native apps, so when installed they will appear in your Dock, app switcher, and Spotlight just like a native app.
Find the new browser here.