Edge Browser on mobile

Microsoft has finally brought its Edge browser to iOS and Android. Android or iOS users, will be able to use Microsoft Edge mobile to push web-pages to a PC and resume where you left off. Microsoft Edge mobile also includes access to favorites, history, reading list, and e-books.

One of the biggest missing features is tab syncing. While you can use continue on PC to get a similar experience, tabs and history of what you browse on mobile are not shared to the desktop version of Edge yet.

Most people use Windows daily with Firefox or Google’s Chrome browser and also use an iPhone or Android with Chrome mobile. Microsoft is trying to directly appeal to that exact scenario, but it’s strangely missing the mark without tab syncing. One might be  convinced to switch to Microsoft Edge on the desktop for the obvious battery life improvements, but syncing my history and tabs is an essential part of many people’s workflow with Chrome and Firefox and helps one resume where they left off.

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You might expect Microsoft to restrict Edge on iOS and Android to its Bing search engine, but thankfully there’s an option for the choice of Google or even Yahoo. Outside of that, the settings are limited to toggling password / form saves, blocking pop-ups and cookies, and simply clearing browsing history. Microsoft hasn’t added any built-in ad blocking here, and Edge uses the Webkit rendering engine on iOS and Blink on Android.

Microsoft is releasing Edge in Apple’s TestFlight program today, alongside Google’s own testing through the Play Store soon. You can sign up to get access to Microsoft Edge mobile right here, and you’ll need the latest Windows 10 Insider builds (Fall Creators Update). Microsoft is planning to release a final version of Edge Mobile to all users by the end of the year.