Microsoft’s Chromium Edge preview has been available since last month. It will be accessible across three development channels, but only launched with two, Dev and Canary. Microsoft said a third, called Beta, will arrive in the future. Today, that Beta channel has leaked for download.
What’s interesting here is the Chromium Edge Beta channel has leaked directly from Microsoft’s own servers. We guess this means the channel was close to launch anyway and someone pulled the trigger too early. It will be interesting to see if the company keeps the downloads available or not.
Of course, this is an unofficial, official, release. It comes from Microsoft, but the company has not yet announced it.
Even though the downloads come from Microsoft’s servers, you will still need to make some tweaks. For example, you will have to rename the file to an .exe format for the installer to work. You will still see an error message because the release is unofficial.
Beta Channel is running version 188.8.131.52, which is the same build number as the latest Dev channel update. That means there are no new features, even though Beta is designed to be a more stable channel.
Microsoft Chromium Edge Channels
Microsoft announced three testing channels last month: Beta, Developer, and Canary. The latter may be known to Chromium followers as this is the preview channel for Chrome too. These are early preview releases that can be buggy and are updated daily. Canary releases should not be run on your main PC.
The Developer channel offers Chromium Edge builds that are more stable through weekly updates. Finally, the Beta release channel would be machine-ready previews that you could run as your core browsing experience. Microsoft confirmed it is possible to run all three channels side-by-side.
If you want to see Chromium Edge announcements made at Build 2019, check out our coverage here.