How to start using Microsoft Edge Chromium on Windows 10 - Windows Central
|Windows Central 15 Jan 2020 at 11:23|
Microsoft is moving away from its own version of Microsoft Edge , and is replacing it with a new browser that carries the same name, but it s based on Chromium, an open-source web rendering engine developed by Google, which is also the engine behind Chrome, Opera, Amazon Silk, and many other browsers.
The new browser looks very similar to Google Chrome, but the company has implemented its own tweaks to make it look and feel more like the legacy version of Microsoft Edge to minimize the learning curve. However, the switch it s not about looks, one of the main reasons for the decision to adopt the Chromium engine was to bring better compatibility for websites and extensions while reducing fragmentation for developers.
In addition, using the open-source framework enables the development team to build new experiences. For instance, the latest version of the browser now includes a "tracking prevention" system that blocks harmful online trackers to protect your privacy, and "Profiles" allows to share the browser with other people without altering your experience.
Then you also have "Collections," which is a new feature in development that allows you to gather content from the web to organize researches. And Progressive Web Apps (PWAs) support lets you install websites as native apps on Windows 10 . Also, adopting an open model allows the company to expand the browser to other platforms, including Linux, macOS, iOS, and Android.
In this Windows 10 guide , we ll walk you through the steps to get started with the new version of Microsoft Edge, whether you re coming from the legacy version or another browser, such as Chrome or Firefox.
Starting January 15, 2020, Microsoft is expected to begin the slow rollout of the new browser using Windows Update, which means that checking for updates after the release date will update Microsoft Edge to the latest version. However, you can always download and install the new browser manually.
Important: Although Microsoft Edge is expected to be available on January 15, it can take some time until the browser is available through the different channels.
To check if you re already using Chromium Edge, use these steps:
Once you complete the steps, you ll know for sure if you need to download and install the new version of Edge.
To check for updates to install Microsoft Edge Chromium, use these steps:
After you complete the steps, Windows Update should download and install the new version of Edge automatically.
If the Chromium version of Edge isn t available through Windows Update, you can install it manually using these steps:
Once you complete the steps, the new Edge browser will install replacing the legacy version.
To complete the initial setup and get started with Chromium Edge, use these steps:
After you complete the steps, you can start the new experience of Microsoft Edge based on the Chromium engine.
Once you complete the initial setup, you ll be presented with the new version of the browser, which, even though it is a different experience, you ll still find it similar to the legacy version.
For instance, you still have tabs in the top-left, and address bar immediately after the navigation control and next to the browser buttons (favorites, account, and settings), but the settings experience is a little different.
To access the settings of the new Microsoft Edge, use these steps:
While in Settings, you ll notice that unlike the legacy version, the Chromium version of Edge displays settings on a page instead of a flyout menu.
On the left side, you have a search box to quickly find the settings that you want to customize and a list ofOn the left side, you have a search box to quickly find the settings that you want to customize and a list of settings organized by categories, including: settings organized by categories, including:
One of the new features of the Microsoft Edge is the ability to create multiple profiles to allow other people to use the browser without the need to create additional accounts on Windows 10 and without interfering with your experience.
To set up a new profile, use these steps:
Important: The initial setup will create and configure the first profile. However, you can use the following instructions to create additional profiles.
Once you complete the steps, you can start using the browser with the new profile and settings.
To manage profiles on Microsoft Edge, use these steps:
After you complete the steps, you ll have a better understanding of the steps to manage profile settings on the new Edge.
In the new version of Microsoft Edge, you can also bring your settings from other web browsers, such as Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, or settings exported to an HTML file.
To get started importing settings from another browser, use these steps:
Once you complete the steps, bookmarks, search engines, history, passwords, and other settings from your previous browser will be available on Microsoft Edge.
If you re coming from the legacy version of Microsoft Edge and you re using the Reading list feature, after importing your settings, your saved articles will be imported under the Reading list saves folder, inside the Others favorites folder.
Similar to the legacy version and most modern browsers, Chromium Edge allows you to save and manage websites links as favorites for quick access at a later time.
To save favorites on Chromium Edge, use these steps:
After you complete the steps, the link will be saved in your favorites list and sync across devices if you re using a profile signed in with the Microsoft account.
To manage favorites on Microsoft Edge, use these steps:
Once you complete the steps, you ll have a more organized list of the sites you visit frequently.
By default, Microsoft Edge uses Bing as the default search engine, but if you prefer to use a different engine (such as Google or DuckDuckGo), you can use these steps:
After you complete the steps, the next time you start a search using the address bar, Chromium Edge will return the results using the search engine you specified.
Alongside better compatibility and cross-platform support, one of the best features that you ll find with the new version of the browser is the ability to install extensions from the Microsoft Store as well as from the Chrome Web Store.