While Windows 10 consumers have been receiving a fresh release of the Edge Dev channel, Microsoft has some nice news for those who still have older Windows versions. Just over a couple of months ago the fresh Microsoft Edge is now accessible in Windows 7, Windows 8 and Windows 8.1 for testing.
“Delivering the next version of Microsoft Edge to all supported versions of Windows is part of our goal to improve the web browsing experience for our customers on every device, and to empower developers to build great experiences with less fragmentation,” Microsoft announced the release in a blog post. “Microsoft Edge will have the same always up-to-date platform and the same developer tools on all supported versions of Windows and macOS.”
At the beginning, Microsoft Edge Insider builds are accessible on the Channel in Canary for older variants of Windows only. But the Dev channel is going to be accessible “quickly,” claims Microsoft. Most experiences should be comparable to what tests on Windows 10 and macOS have already tasted. The only exception is that the original Canary builds will not support a dark mode or sign-in to the Azure Active Directory. Microsoft claims both are problems and it works on the solution.
Microsoft has finished its rollout to targeted platforms by releasing its fresh Edge built on Chromium for Windows 7, 8 and 8.1. This comes after last month’s macOS debut in the development browser. It’s not clear when we’ve seen the browser launch, yet the scheduled third “Beta” channel has yet been opened, so it’s probably not closed. It’s not clear.
However, it’s in a rather polished state if you are keen to test the fresh Microsoft Edge. Download Canary and Dev channels for Windows 10, MacOS and Windows 7, 8 or 8.1 from the Microsoft Edge Insider website.