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Microsoft’s Edge: Developer Edition now Available for MacOS

Macs are always apart from the pack when it comes to software. Perhaps that’s because Apple focuses more on integration and compatibility than on forcing availability. One may say this is a good strategy. It is quite clear. Look at Safari for Macs. So smooth and jitter free. Be it a 2019 Mac with an i9 processor or a machine from 2012, it is all good and running. It is these protocols that allow old Macs to run the latest version of its firmware too. Speaking of browsers for Mac, like every other platform, the only competition Safari gets is from Google’s Chrome. While the browser is a formidable opponent, it is pretty RAM hungry. The only Edge (pun very much intended) it has is the cross-platform integration. In that regard, there is a third contender in the competition.

According to an article on MacRumors, Microsoft announced a developer edition of their Edge browser. This is the Chromium-based platform so users are to expect Chrome-esque touches. Perhaps this was first hinted last week at Microsoft’s developer conference.

The Experience

To be very honest, currently, the browser is in beta (bearly). This means it is filled with bugs and glitches. Not to mention, it is an unfinished product. The visually rushed product does have hints of tweaks here and there though. The developers have added visual features that complement the whole Mac aesthetic. While it is just a starting point, a point where Microsoft will build upon their existing platform from. While they do have a platform on the Windows side of things, a Mac environment would give a new perspective to the development perspective.

This is a good move by Microsoft. Not only would it allow their cutting Edge (oops I did it again!) browser to normalize people, but it would bring competition to both Apple and Google. While Apple’s Safari is quite integrated and smooth to use, the browser feels too restricted.

On the other end of the spectrum, Google’s Chrome is about so many things that it is not well integrated with the system hardware. I believe, if Microsoft can somehow manage to meet the users somewhere in between, they would have an excellent product up its sleeve and into the market.


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