Some early screenshots of Microsoft's chrome-based edge browser leaked to Neowin. Unsurprisingly, Microsoft appears to be working on a development cycle similar to that of Chrome: images of a daily delivered Canary channel and a weekly Dev channel.
In many ways, the browser is what you'd expect from a Microsoft Chromium browser: When Chrome uses a Google Account to sync or a Google Store for extensions, Edge-on-Chromium uses a Microsoft account and Microsoft Store. Similarly, the homepage is similar to Edge's and uses Bing images and Microsoft News links. Perhaps the biggest change is the settings page, which has a similar look and feel to the Windows 10 Settings app – the headings on the lower left and the actual settings on the right.
However, the screenshots also show what a challenge Microsoft needs to win people over for its browser. If you want an experience that's 99% Chrome, why not just use the real thing with their even more extensive data synchronization and enhancements? Edge has sacrificed Edge's appealing appearance – its square tabs, its initial use of Fluent Design – and desirable features like the ability to display thumbnails of the tabs as you point over the tabs. Chrome does not look like a modern Windows app, and has never done so. Edge does this and especially with every new release; Chromium Edge is a big step backwards.
It may seem a little bit nervous to worry about the browser being released, but the underlying question – why use Edge-on-Chromium if you can only use Chrome – is underway to be a recurrent theme. With the current Edge, Microsoft offers the ability to offer unique features, such as: For example, running Edge in a lightweight virtual machine to increase security. The company can prioritize the features that it considers most important to both the Web and Progressive Web Apps. This will ensure that the browser looks and feels like an integrated part of Windows, not like a third-party app running above.
Some of these things may yield in the future, which seems to be low, which makes Edge particularly appealing. Of course, other Chromium-based browsers are facing similar problems, but they probably have done more to assert their own niche. For example, Brave has prioritized privacy and blocking advertising and has also promoted micro-payments for content producers. Vivaldi strives to be equipped with many features for the power user. But rand? Microsoft has not expressed much ambition, apart from Chrome and Search and Replacement, to change every instance of Google in Microsoft.