Microsoft Edge shock: Browser uses Apple's WebKit, Google's Blink

Microsoft Edge shock: Browser uses Apple's WebKit, Google's Blink

According to Net Marketshare, Edge had just over 5 percent share in September, versus nearly 60 percent from market leader Google Chrome and more than 14 percent for Internet Explorer. Their "continue-on-PC" functionality works with the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update. The Edge browser is coming to iOS and Android devices now. The app is available in preview starting today.

Microsoft says that support for Android and iOS is "one of the most common requests" that it has received from Edge users on Windows 10. It's a redesigned version of Microsoft's Arrow Launcher project for Android.

Edge for iOS is limited to 10K users and available through Apple TestFlight.

The launcher, which brings quick access to Microsoft's suite right from the homepage, is available in preview from today. Still, a lot of promised Windows 10 features, including something called Timeline that lets you pick up any task from any device on Windows 10, has yet to materialize.

"As has been our approach with Windows 10, we'll continue to try new things, learn and build the best experiences possible", Belfiore said.

The Edge browser was previously available only on Windows 10. Microsoft's version of the Google Feed, that left-most homescreen on your Android device, is actually quite useful, too, and puts your calendar and other info front and center whereas Google now uses it for a general news feed.

If you want to test Microsoft Edge on your smartphone all you need to do is join the Windows Insider program for free - source link below.

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Since then the Garage team behind Arrow Launcher has steadily been updating the app and through its 2.0 and 3.0 it has become a solid option and my default launcher on the Galaxy S8.

It's worth noting that Microsoft won't bring its own rendering engine to these platforms.

So in other words, Microsoft's Edge on iOS uses the Apple-championed WebKit, and Google's Blink on Android, to render pages.

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