In 2015, Microsoft launched Windows 10 along with a next generation web browser called Microsoft Edge; exclusive to the new operating system. Users running earlier versions such as Windows 8 or Windows 7 would not get this new web browser, partly of due to technical limitations. Edge is built on exclusive technologies such as the EdgeHTML engine, UWP app development platform and features like the Cortana digital assistant.
Unfortunately, being exclusive to Windows 10 has not given Edge the change to improve its growth and usage. Instead, this exclusive strategy has instead opened the door to rapid growth for rival web browsers such as Google's Chrome and Mozilla Firefox. This is particularly due to the high usage of the popular Windows 7 operating system. The reality has set in that, not everyone is going to upgrade to Windows 10 and a key part of maintaining relevance in the web browser space requires supporting older, but still popular versions of Windows. In 2019, Microsoft announced it was switching Edge away from EdgeHTML to the Chromium engine. Yes, the same engine Google builds its wildly popular Chrome browser on.
This means, web developers will not have to spend extra time testing their web sites on different browser engines to make sure they look and work properly. If it works with Chrome, it will work with Edge too. With Windows 7 approaching its end of support lifecycle, it is important users consider switching away from the built in Internet Explorer to a modern web browser that is secure and and supported. Microsoft is also adding support for macOS to its new browser strategy. The last time Microsoft developed a native browser for the macOS was in 2001 with the release of MacOS 10.0.
In this article, we show you how to download and install Microsoft Edge on Windows 10, Windows 8, Windows 7 and macOS.
Step 1. Launch your favorite web browser, in my case, I am using the built in Microsoft Edge web browser that comes with Windows 10. If you are on Windows 8 or earlier or alternative platforms such as macOS, you can use your browser of choice.
Step 2: Type in your search engine download microsoft edge or go the following link:
Microsoft Edge should be promoted as the first link in your search engine. Click on Download Now to begin the download.
By default, Edge will detect your operating system, so all you have to do is click Download.
If you are installing on another platform such as macOS, you can click the split menu then choose your operating system version.
Accept the terms and agreements.
Save the Edge installer or run it from its current location.
Once the Edge setup begins, it will download the rest of the installation files from the Internet.
Edge setup will then begin the full installation.
Click Close then Continue to start setting up the new Edge for the first time.
First run experience - Setting up Your Web Browser
The new Edge is a little different, but there isn't really much to learn or do after setup.
Edge should detect previous Favorites from your older version of Edge and bring them over automatically.
Edge offers different ways of presenting your home page when you launch the browser, you can choose inspirational, informational or focused, which offers a clean look.
One of the benefits of the new browser is the improved syncing engine, which will make it easier to sync your data across all the devices you use.
While Edge builds on the Chromium technologies, its an overhaul of the company's browser strategy. This means there will be ongoing improvements. If you want to make Edge even better, you can join the customer improvement program and provide feedback to the team.
Thats it, Edge is now setup, you can start browsing and using your new browser.
Installing preview versions of Edge.
Step 1: Go to the following link: https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/microsoft-edge
Click Learn more.
Step 2: Click the Download button to begin the download.
Step 3: Click Accept then Download
Step 4: Click Save, you then close the active dialog.
Step 5: Click Run when complete.
Step 6: Click Yes
Step 7: Wait while the installation is initialized.
Step 8: Edge for earlier versions of Windows uses a Click to Run installer. Components are automatically installed over the Internet.
Step 9: After downloading, Edge setup will then perform the installation.
Step 10: Thats it, Edge is now installed on Windows 7.
Step 11: You will be initially asked to customize your web browser by signing and choosing the layout of your start page. Installing Edge does not remove Internet Explorer. So, if you still need to use the legacy web browser, that option is available.