Microsoft plans to launch its Edge Chromium browser early next year with a new logo. The software maker is targeting January 15 as the release date for Edge Chromium, available for Windows 10, Windows 7, Windows 8 and macOS. Microsoft is releasing what it calls a "release candidate" today, which should demonstrate much of the final work that will turn it into a stable release in January.
It comes just months after Microsoft released the beta version of Edge, with a promise of full release in early 2020. This new version application will include support for password synchronization, history, favorites and settings in Windows , macOS, iOS and Android. It also includes Microsoft's new built-in tracking protection, which is enabled by default.
Microsoft also introduces a new Edge logo and icon. While the previous version looked a lot like Internet Explorer, the newly created logo looks more like a wave. This is the first significant departure from the classic blue "e" logo that Microsoft has used for its browsers for more than 20 years. Microsoft unveiled the new logo for the elaborate Easter egg hunt over the weekend.
Microsoft is also offering some new Edge-oriented business features. You will be able to type in the address bar to find colleagues, office locations, floor plans for a building and even get definitions of company acronyms. All of this is part of the Microsoft search that is built into Edge. It is designed to combine typical intranet searches into an interface where you can also search the web using Bing.
Microsoft is really targeting this January 15 release date for Edge for business and corporate clients. "Today is an important moment when we focus on officially launching Microsoft Edge and Bing for our commercial customers in January," explains Yusuf Mehdi, Microsoft's contemporary, search and gadgets group leader. "As we enter the new year, we are excited to share more about how we can empower developers, and later in the spring, even more for users."
You can download the new Microsoft Edge candidate for site release on Edge Insider.