The New Microsoft Edge Insider Channels: All You Need to Know

MakeUseOf | 4/18/2019 | Gavin Phillips
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The Microsoft Edge browser hasn’t lived up to expectations. As the browser meant to herald Microsoft stepping into the 21st century, its relation to the antiquated and oft-outright dangerous Internet Explorer was too much to bear.

So much so that Microsoft has moved Edge development to open source Chromium, complete with support for Chrome extensions.

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And the best part? You can try it now using Microsoft Edge Insider Channels. So let’s take a look at what Edge Insider Channels are, how you can sign up, and if they’re right for you.

What Are Microsoft Edge Insider Channels?

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Microsoft Edge Insider Channels are preview channels for the new Microsoft Edge Chromium-based browser. Since Microsoft is moving Edge to the open source Chromium development framework to help it cope better with the modern world, the new Chromium-based browser needs testing.

At the current time, there are two Microsoft Edge Insider Channels available:

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In the future, Microsoft will introduce the Beta channel, followed by the Stable channel.

Microsoft Edge Insider Channels: Dev or Canary?

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The Microsoft Edge development team produce a new build of the browser every night. If the build passes the automated testing process, it will release to the Canary channel. The Canary channel is at the forefront of Microsoft Edge development.

As such, expect bugs and other issues as you use the browser. However, you get to help with active development by reporting and detailing those bugs and advising on how features work as they hit the browser.

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If that doesn’t sound like your cup of tea, you should opt for the Dev channel.

The Dev channel receives a single weekly update: the best build of the week from the Canary channel. The development team takes all of the feedback and data scooped up during each night’s Canary build, analyzes it, and then pushes the best Microsoft Edge build from that...
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