Microsoft’s Edge browser comes to Android

Microsoft has a bunch of cool apps it has made for the Android platform. This has mainly been achieved through its band of developers going under the Microsoft Garage banner. Some of their products, like the Arrow launcher (which is also getting some love today), have become my favourites over the last few years. As such, it is not that surprising to see new Microsoft apps popping up on the Play Store every now and then. Heck, even Bill Gates, the Microsoft co-founder, uses an Android smartphone because of such apps.

However, it is quite a spectacle when we have to take note that the latest application to join the many others that dot Google’s app store is Microsoft Edge, the browser that before today could only be accessed on Microsoft’s own Windows platform.

 

“Microsoft Edge for iOS and Android brings familiar features like your Favorites, Reading List, New Tab Page and Reading View across your PC and phone, so, no matter the device, your browsing goes with you. But what makes Microsoft Edge really stand out is the ability to continue on your PC, which enables you to immediately open the page you’re looking at right on your PC—or save it to work on later,” Microsoft notes in a blog post announcing the unlikely arrival of Edge on Android.

Much as we are all excited about finally getting to try out Microsoft Edge on our lovely little droids, we need to wait as Microsoft works on availing the preview. Even then, you’ll have to be one of those eager Windows 10 users called Insiders who beta test the widely used operating system for Microsoft before it rolls out to everyone. If you are then this link should be useful. If you are not then worry not, we’ll all have the application package installation file (APK) as soon as those select few get it. It’s Android, remember?

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iOS users are lucky to get first dibs on this. The wait will even be much longer for those who have Android tablets as those won’t be supported when the preview rolls in. Oh, and English (US) will be the only supported language at first as support for more languages will be added later on, according to Microsoft.

 

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Emmanuel Chenze

Let's just say I know my stuff. I have 7 years experience handling, tinkering with and then writing extensively about Android stuff. Sometimes it is exciting, sometimes it is not; things can get stale with nothing new to show but I live for each one of those moments. Have something Android-related that you believe I need to have a look at? Hit me up: echenze@androidkenya.com