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Microsoft Edge
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Microsoft Edge on Windows 10, using the dark theme.
Original author(s) Microsoft
Developer(s) Microsoft
Initial release July 29, 2015; 5 years ago (2015-07-29)
Preview release(s)
Beta Channel: 87.0.664.18
Dev Channel: 88.0.680.1
Canary Channel: 88.0.685.0
Operating system Android
macOS 10.12 and later
Windows 7 and later
Xbox One System Software
Platform IA-32
License Proprietary software
a component of Windows 10

Microsoft Edge is a cross-platform web browser developed by Microsoft. It was first released for Windows 10 and Xbox One in 2015, then for Android and iOS in 2017, for macOS in 2019, and as a preview for Linux in October 2020.

Edge includes integration with Cortana and has extensions hosted on the Microsoft Store.

Microsoft announced the public release of the new Edge on January 15, 2020.

In June 2020, Microsoft began automatic rollout of the new version via Windows Update for Windows 7, 8.1, and Windows 10 versions from 1803 to 2004.


Microsoft Edge is the default web browser on Windows 10, Windows 10 Mobile and Xbox One consoles, replacing Internet Explorer 11 and Internet Explorer Mobile.

Favorites, reading list, browsing history and downloads are viewed at the Hub, a sidebar providing functionality similar to Internet Explorer's Downloads manager and Favorites Center.

Internet Explorer 11 remains available alongside Edge on Windows 10 for compatibility; it remains identical to the Windows 8.1 version and does not use the Edge engine as was previously announced.

Edge integrates with Microsoft's online platforms to provide voice control, search functionality and dynamic information related to searches within the address bar.

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