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New Microsoft Edge hits Xbox One, Series X/S with latest Insider update

The new and improved Microsoft Edge hits Xbox consoles for select testers.

What you need to know

  • Microsoft has debuted the latest iteration of its Microsoft Edge web browser on Xbox consoles.
  • The new Chromium variant of Microsoft Edge supersedes the legacy EdgeHTML version of the browser, with end-of-support status for the desktop client slated for later this month.
  • The new Microsoft Edge is now available to Alpha Skip Ahead Xbox Insiders, with a broader public rollout expected over the weeks ahead.

 

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Microsoft has debuted its all-new Microsoft Edge browser on Xbox consoles, providing a long-awaited refresh to the web experience on Xbox One and Xbox Series X/S devices. The new and improved Edge saw its PC overhaul last year, stemming from plans unveiled in 2018 to rebrand and rebuild the app. It's currently available to a subset of Xbox Insiders and on track to replace the aging legacy Microsoft Edge widely available today.

 

The new Microsoft Edge delivers a new look and feel, switching the inbuilt browser from EdgeHTML to one based on the open-source Chromium Project. The engine changes hugely improve compatibility and usability in most instances while also adding new features previously unavailable with the now-abandoned legacy Edge browser. Its Xbox arrival marks the latest expansion of the app, available for testing through the bleeding-edge Alpha Skip Ahead ring, which provides the earliest access to future updates.

 

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Source: Windows Central

 

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Source: Windows Central

 

Microsoft Edge returns with all the core benefits and features seen with previous platforms, albeit fine-tuned for Xbox and living room usage. The user interface comes tuned around controller input, with mouse and keyboard support currently absent. Skip Ahead testers who install the latest Xbox system update will automatically find the new Edge in their apps library.

 

The new Microsoft Edge hits Xbox with an important end-of-support date fast approaching the legacy Microsoft Edge desktop app. The company hopes to transition users to the latest app by March 9, 2021, at which point legacy Edge security updates will be discontinued.

 

While infrequent among countless games and apps, web browsing remains crucial to Xbox consoles. The new update looks poised to keep its current Xbox family updated with the latest available version of the browser, headed into the latest Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S generation.

 

 

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I think Windows Central should pay a little more attention to details. The last photo is not the best way to advertise the features of Edge, with that ad at the bottom:  "Switch to Google Chrome, the secure way to browse". 😁

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Microsoft starts testing Edge Chromium browser on Xbox

Xbox consoles are getting a much better browser soon 

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Illustration by Alex Castro / The Verge

 

Microsoft has started publicly testing its new Edge Chromium-powered browser on Xbox consoles. Xbox testers in the Alpha Skip-Ahead group can now access the new Microsoft Edge on Xbox One or Xbox Series S / X consoles. While full mouse and keyboard support is still missing, the browser works as you’d expect with an Xbox controller, albeit a little buggy in this initial test version.

 

A Chromium browser on Xbox is a boost for those wanting to access websites through their console. Edge will also now provide access to Google’s Stadia streaming service, thanks to the improved compatibility support with Chromium. It should also improve compatibility with browser-based games, and services like Skype or Discord through the web.

 

This early test version appears to include the same sync engine used across Edge, with support for extensions, vertical tabs, Collections, and most Edge desktop features.

 

Support for the existing legacy version of Microsoft Edge on Windows desktops ends on March 9th, and Microsoft’s testing of this updated browser suggests it will arrive on all Xbox consoles soon.

 

 

Microsoft starts testing Edge Chromium browser on Xbox

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