Microsoft Preview Its Upcoming Edge Web Browser For iOS, With A Beta Version Available Right Now

Microsoft today announced that its Edge web browser is coming to iOS (as well as Android), starting with a preview version for iDevices available today. The company intended to let Windows 10 users move more seamlessly between desktop and mobile.

Microsoft Edge will primarily appeal to iPhone users that use a Windows PC instead of a Mac thanks to a "Continue on PC" feature (Continue on PC on the desktop side will be part of the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update, available worldwide October 17) that enables users to push a website from the mobile to desktop version of the browser, like Apple's Handoff.

The iOS app also carries over Windows features like the Hub, Reading List, and Reading View, and will eventually sync both passwords and favorites between devices. The current preview is missing roaming passwords as well as iPad compatibility, and is moreover limited to English-speaking U.S. residents. Improved support is promised as the software develops, such as tab sync.

Bing, Google, and Yahoo can be set as the default search engine in Edge for iOS, which has a similar design as the desktop version. Unfortunately, the mobile version doesn't have Cortana or built-in ad blocking. Other built-in tools include a QR code reader, voice search, and a private browsing mode.

At present, there's no iPad version. In order to try the app, user must sign up with Microsoft's Windows Insider program, and then download it using Apple's TestFlight app. Microsoft Edge for iOS should be available on the App Store later this year.

Via MacRumors And AppleInsider, Images Via Microsoft

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