If you’ve been following Microsoft Edge, you know the story – they adopted the Chromium engine and it’s been in the beta channels for a while now. Yesterday they released an official downloadable link and it’s… Chrome… basically.
I’ve been playing with the beta for a while, and it’s been as solid as Chrome with a smaller working footprint (although I can’t really compare the two directly because Chrome’s got a lot of services and extensions that run.)
You can download the new version of Edge from Microsoft now, or you can wait a month or two and it’ll probably be pushed to you with updates.
If you download it, it will replace Edge. If you’ve got the betas. it will not replace them. The main benefit is it’s slightly faster, based on the same engine Chrome is, and appears to use a little less memory.
Microsoft and Google are working on the same source now and that’s either great or terrible… who knows. We’ll see. From what I’ve read a lot of the improvements to the base browser have been incorporated in the code Google’s been pulling from.