Microsoft makes developer and “canary” builds of its Chromium-based Edge browser available today for Windows 10 64-bit, says builds for macOS “coming soon” (Emil Protalinski/VentureBeat)


Microsoft today released the first Edge builds based on Google’s Chromium open source project, the same browser that Google’s Chrome is based on. Microsoft is even adopting the same naming scheme that Google uses for Chrome development: It is debuting Canary (preview builds that will be updated daily) and Developer builds (preview builds that will be updated weekly) today. They can both be installed alongside the old Edge as well as each other. You can download these builds now from the Microsoft Edge Insider site.

Here is how Microsoft differentiates the two channels:

Every night, we produce a build of Microsoft Edge — if it passes automated testing, we’ll release it to the Canary channel. We use this same channel internally to validate bug fixes and test brand new features. The Canary channel is truly the bleeding edge, so you may discover bugs before we’ve had a chance to discover and fix them. If you’re eager for the latest bits and don’t mind risking a bug or two, this is the channel for you.

If you prefer a build with slightly more testing, you might be interested in the Dev channel. The Dev channel is still relatively fresh —