At Ignite 2019 this week, Microsoft has finally revealed when Chromium Edge will become generally available. Microsoft’s new web browser has been in preview since April, running across three development channels. Recent noise has pointed to an imminent release and Redmond has now put a firm date on that launch.
When Chromium Edge becomes generally available on January 15, it will be without some important features. For example, out of the box the browser will be missing ARM64 support. While this is an at-launch omission and ARM support will eventually arrive, we are still disappointing.
Not least because Microsoft is increasingly pushing ARM. Just last month, the company announced an ARM variant of its new Surface Laptop 3.
Microsoft explains a blocking bug has prevented ARM-supported Edge from launching. This is an exclusive issue for ARM technology and prevented Microsoft from announcing Edge-for-ARM support at its Surface event a month ago.
Other Launch Omissions
Elsewhere, Microsoft has said Chromium Edge will not have support for Xbox One or HoloLens when it launches. Furthermore, the browser will also be lacking some application tools. We expect to see some of these features arrive in the Canary and Dev development channels at some point.
Xbox One and HoloLens support are not necessarily major issues and are obviously down the list of priorities for Microsoft. Not many people use a browser on Xbox One. Microsoft has not said when Chromium Edge will land on the console.
Along with confirmation of the launch of the new Edge experience, Microsoft also confirmed the new logo for the browser.
As we reported earlier this week, redesigned logo solves a significant (if superficial) problem with the original Microsoft Edge. Namely, the old logo looked very close to Microsoft’s old Internet Explorer browser. With the new logo the company has addressed that issue.