Microsoft is well known for its Windows OS mainly developed for PCs that later on made its way to smartphones. A few days ago Microsoft made it official to terminate Windows Mobile OS, however hinted about appearing on other platforms with main apps associated with the Microsoft brand name.
Reportedly, Microsoft has been achieving success with the introduction of Cortana and Microsoft Launcher for Android platforms. Apparently, the company has been busy in developing iOS beta version but here we get a preview of Microsoft Edge for Android.
Microsoft Edge on Play Store
Although Microsoft Edge was announced to bring on Play Store as well as the App Store but it is only available for Android users at the moment, we have checked. However, the browser is still unstable and in testing phase but Android users can now download it from Play Store.
Starting today we’re in preview in the Google Play store. Microsoft Edge, now on your Android device — woo! https://t.co/nz8858IDyI— Lauren Cascio (@lcascio) October 12, 2017
The reason why it has not appeared on the App Store is evident – the Apple’s policy. Apple only allows for 10,000 users to sign up for a beta through TestFlight but Google doesn’t have such a limit.
Hey iPhone users! We're opening a few more invites for our Edge iOS preview. Get 'em while you can https://t.co/LIZ7qW0jRC— Lauren Cascio (@lcascio) October 13, 2017
The app doesn’t use its default Microsoft’s EdgeHTML rendering engine; instead, it uses Google’s Blink engine. Microsoft decided to use the engine that works best for the platform. After all, the biggest value proposition to having Edge on your mobile phone is a continuous experience across devices, including picking up where you left off on your PC, syncing bookmarks, and so on.
Edge for Android and iOS is beneficial for those users who use Edge on the desktop and would want to sync their bookmarks, history, passwords and more on their mobile browser. The browser comes with Hub View, Reading View, QR-code reader, voice search and more. It also has the ability to move the content you are reading on Mobile to your PC or vice versa.
Microsoft Edge – A Battle to Revive
It seems to be a wise decision of Microsoft to release Edge for Android and iOS as only a few people are using it even on Windows, where Edge is the default browser. Most of the people only use it to install another browser like Chrome or Firefox. Before Windows 10, the default browser of Windows was Internet Explorer, Microsoft killed it when it launched Windows 10 but could not do well with Edge as well.
Although Microsoft Edge has more than 330 million monthly active users but even if a user opens the browser once in a month, it counts as an active user. So we cannot say how many people are actually using this browser and hence the number could be a lot less
Edge was also included in the Windows 10 Mobile OS but it is also dead leaving Edge in the dark once again. Now Microsoft is trying to get some user base for Microsoft Edge by releasing it to the 2 most popular mobile operating systems. Both of these operating systems have more than 90% market share in mobile industry and it looks like a good move by Microsoft.
Download Microsoft Edge
As mentioned, the browser is still in beta and Google warns you when you try to download Microsoft Edge from Play Store. You should only download the browser if you are comfortable with a few bugs and crashes.
You can sign in to sync your bookmarks or you can use it locally without signing in.The app is still in preview, and more features are coming. You’ll soon be able to read the ebooks that you’ve purchased from the Windows Store on the mobile clients.