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Microsoft has published a first preview of its browser Edge for macOS. The new browser is slightly different from that for Windows 10, to match conventions on Apple’s operating system.

Edge was only suitable for Windows 10 at its launch. This meant that on platforms like Windows 7 and macOS, web developers were unable to test what their pages would look like in the browser unless they turned on a virtual machine with Windows 10.

Microsoft changed this in December last year by announcing a Chromium version of Edge. Soon previews for Windows 10 appeared and versions for Windows 7, 8 and 8.1 were promised. So now a preview for macOS has appeared, says Ars Technica.


The variant for macOS is very similar to the version for Windows 10, although the two variants are not identical. Microsoft has made minor changes to comply with the standards of macOS. It uses the fonts, icons, spaces, shortcuts, etc. of Apple’s operating system.

However, Microsoft also wants to ensure that the browser adapts to Apple’s unique hardware. That’s why the company is working on support for the Touch Bar on some Apple laptops. It can be used to control media, to switch between tabs and to access bookmarks.

In addition, Microsoft is working to ensure that the support of Edge as a Progressive Web App adopts the behaviour of macOS in relation to interactions with Dock and Spotlight.

Edge Insider Channels

Edge’s new preview-builds for macOS are now available through preview channels called Microsoft Edge Insider Channels. It now launches the Microsoft Edge Insider Canary Channel, which can be downloaded from the Microsoft Edge Insider website. For the first preview macOS 10.12 and higher is required.

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