Edge Browser, Microsoft’s replacement for Internet Explorer, is now available on smartphones. You might remember that I recently wrote about how to choose a browser, and Edge was included in the list of options. If you chose Microsoft’s browser offering, you will now be able to use it across your devices! If you didn’t choose it, its new mobile versions might just be enough to finally convince you to give it a try.
According to Mashable, the apps started being tested publicly in October of this year. Now Microsoft is officially releasing the apps. As this article is being written, the app has already been rated a couple hundred times on Google Play and has just over 4 out of 5 stars, while the App Store shows over a hundred ratings and gives the app 3.5 out of 5 stars. Of course, the apps were only just fully released, so time will tell how the ratings will change as more people take the opportunity to give Microsoft Edge a chance.
The release of these apps is just another step forward in pushing Edge and trying to draw in new users. As I mentioned in my previous article, Microsoft Edge simply has not gained a decent following yet. It followed a widely disliked browser (Internet Explorer) and it has had its setbacks since its release.
However, Microsoft Edge certainly has some good features (like tab previews, Cortana, and the fun trick that lets you draw on pages before sending them to people). And according to their Google Play app page, Edge on mobile devices has something called “Continue on PC,” which lets you “seamlessly mov[e] content” back and forth with your mobile version and your browser with an updated version of Windows 10. That means you could be browsing websites on your mobile device, decided to hop on your computer instead, and just switch over what you’re doing without hassle.
If you haven’t tried Microsoft Edge yet (or even if you have), this might be a good opportunity to try it out without going through the trouble of installing it on your PC. Head over to the App Store or Google Play to download Microsoft Edge and see what you think.