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Microsoft Edge Chromium is now available for Windows 7, 8 and 8.1

Microsoft has finally made their newest Chromium-based Edge browser available for Windows versions other than Windows 10. The Canary branch version can now be downloaded for Windows 7, Windows 8, and Windows 8.1.

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As you may already know, Microsoft Edge, the default web browser of Windows 10, is moving to a Chromium-compatible web engine in the Desktop version. Microsoft explains that the intention behind this move is to create better web compatibility for customers and less fragmentation for web developers. Microsoft has already made a number of contributions to the Chromium project, helping to port the project to Windows on ARM. The company promises to contribute more to the Chromium project.

Microsoft Edge Download Page

Visit the Microsoft Edge Insider site from your Windows 7, 8, or 8.1 device to download and install it. The Microsoft Edge Dev channel will be coming to these versions of Windows soon.

Windows 7 Running Edge Chromuim

You will find the experience and feature set on previous versions of Windows to be largely the same as on Windows 10, including forthcoming support for Internet Explorer mode for enterprise users.

Microsoft states the following:

Delivering the next version of Microsoft Edge to all supported versions of Windows is part of our goal to improve the web browsing experience for our customers on every device, and to empower developers to build great experiences with less fragmentation. Microsoft Edge will have the same always up-to-date platform and the same developer tools on all supported versions of Windows and macOS. This will reduce developer pain on the web, while ensuring all Windows customers have the latest browsing options.


At the moment of this writing, Edge versions are as follows:


I have covered many Edge tricks and features in the following post:

Hands-on with the new Chromium-based Microsoft Edge

Also, see the following updates.

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Author: Sergey Tkachenko

Sergey Tkachenko is a software developer who started Winaero back in 2011. On this blog, Sergey is writing about everything connected to Microsoft, Windows and popular software. Follow him on Telegram, Twitter, and YouTube.

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