The new Chromium based Microsoft Edge is finally coming to Xbox consoles, including the new Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S. Microsoft has opened public testing of the browser, just over a year since it was first made available on Windows 10.
Xbox testers on the Alpha Skip Ahead branch can now test Microsoft Edge. As well as availability on the new consoles, the browser is also on Xbox One. As this is a test preview, the performance is slightly buggy but otherwise it’s the Edge experience we know on Windows.
That said, it so far lacks support for mouse and keyboard. We guess we are still a few months from the browser being fully launched on Xbox consoles. Maybe a launch to coincide with the year anniversary of default availability on Windows 10 is likely. That would mean a May launch for Xbox Edge.
The new Edge experience is built on Google’s Chromium engine and now shares a link directly to Google Chrome.
the latest Xbox Alpha skip ahead build includes the Chromium version of Microsoft Edge pic.twitter.com/C34d59UYuJ
— Tom Warren (@tomwarren) March 6, 2021
Chromium Edge initially left preview on Windows 10 in January 2020, although only for manual installs. Microsoft introduced automatic default installs on Windows 10 starting with the 2004 update in May 2020. A few months later, the company brought the new experience to Enterprise and Education users.
Last week, Microsoft brought Edge stable build 89 to Windows 10. Leading the lineup of new features is Vertical Tabs, a new tool for opening tabs in a vertical pane on the left side of Edge. Also in this latest update, Microsoft has added a startup boost tool. The idea with this feature is to notably reduce how long it takes to open Edge after closing it or even restarting the PC.
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