Microsoft Edge Browser is expanding its horizon by finding its way to the Apple iOS version. The browser will soon get launched on Android so as to compete with Mozilla Firefox and Google Chrome efficiently on their own turf.
From a technical perspective, the Edge is not a standalone browser on any of these platforms. Due to Apple’s restrictions, the iOS version just a wrap over the WebKit browser that runs on Safari as they don’t allow any third party engine to run. While Android is much more open, Microsoft has decided to go with Chromium, the open source Chrome by wrapping the Edge browser skin on top of it than developing it from the scratch.
Continue on PC
The highlighted feature of the new Microsoft Edge browser is that it allows you to browse on iOS or Android which could be continued on a Windows PC. It’s useful for professionals who browse a lot and suddenly want to switch over to the big screen, get a real keyboard to work with or just do it to get out of the mobile space.
The mobile version of the browser looks very much the same as the desktop version in terms of design, layout and font. The presentation is cool and Microsoft promises to allow users to sync everything including browsing history, password as well as other saved content from the desktop version.
By default, Edge uses Bing search engine but you can customize it to use Google. It doesn’t have ad-blocking service, touch pen support and many important features are still missing which are expected to be rolled out eventually in the following months.
In short, the Microsoft Edge browser is in its early stages and it might take months for the company to become a true competitor for Firefox and Chrome in the mobile space.