Microsoft is getting closer to the launch of their Chromium-based browser, so the company has recently started rolling out a change that confirms we’re in the final development stages from the application.
German site WU reveals that Microsoft has begun dropping the beta tag for a number of testers, and therefore the existing installs of Microsoft Edge no more indicate they’re part of a beta program.
The modification looks like it’s rolling out to users in stages, so not everybody sees the beta tag disappearing at this point.
However, it’s more interesting to discuss why the beta flag is really being removed from devices.
Release date set for January 15
Microsoft will launch the new browser in stable version on January 15, as well as on Windows 10 systems it will be pushed via Windows Update. Microsoft itself confirmed the stable build of Chromium Edge will work side by side with testing versions in the Canary, Dev, and Beta channels. Quite simply, the stable build doesn’t switch the beta sibling, so taking out the beta flag isn’t actually necessary.
“Updates won’t alter the user experience until the Stable channel from the next version of Microsoft Edge is installed. Installing Microsoft Edge Beta, Dev, or Canary won’t trigger any alterations in Windows. These browser releases is going to be installed alongside existing browsers,” Microsoft said.
Microsoft Edge is going to be released on Windows 7, Windows 8.1, Windows 10, and macOS. A Linux form of the browser can also be likely because of the Chromium engine, but an ETA with this platform isn’t yet available.
On Windows 10, the new browser will be configured as default, replacing the existing Edge version. Microsoft hasn’t yet provided timing specifics once the old Edge could be removed, as this version will continue to be bundled using the OS for compatibility reasons.