Windows 7 or 8.1? Now try the new Edge based on Chromium without having to upgrade to Windows 10

Windows 7 or 8.1? Now try the new Edge based on Chromium without having to upgrade to Windows 10

Microsoft has bet with the new Edge to reach a greater number of users, but that ambition has hit two limits so far. Only those who have computers that use Windows 10 or macOS X can test the advantages, and many, that the new Edge offers.

But little by little this situation begins to revert and the first step has been given by Microsoft launching the new Edge based on Chromium so that it can be used by all those who still use on their computers the previous versions of Windows, that is, Windows 7, Windows 8 and Windows 8.1.

Chromium Edge: Canary Builds Available for Windows 7 and 8.1

If you are still using Windows 7, Windows 8 or Windows 8.1 you can now try the new Edge with the same features that are available in the versions that we have already tested in Windows 10 or Mac.

For these users Microsoft has released the compilation of Edge belonging to the Canary channel, the most advanced of the two that is right now in Edge (the other is the Dev channel). This will be enabled for these versions of Windows in the coming days.

Edge Canary is one of the channels that the new Edge has. The other channel, “more conservative”, is the channel Dev. Edge Canary is therefore the first touchstone and in it the functions that are added, have not been tested, so they can present failures or even not work.

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Among the improvements of the new Edge highlights the compatibility mode for those who have to use applications or access websites that are only compatible with Internet Explorer. Something basic, because there are many users, especially Windows 7, who continue to use this version in business or professional environments.

If you have not yet dared to make the leap to Windows 10 this option gives you access to the new features of Edge . You can download the new Edge for your team from this link.

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