Check the weather app on your iPhone. Check CNN on your Mac. Hell has frozen over. Microsoft, once the king of browsers for Mac and PC back in the day, then fell out of favor for a decade as Safari, Firefox, and Google Chrome began to rule, is back with a new browser for iPhone and iPad.
Windows 10 users already know about Edge. It’s the new age replacement browser for Internet Explorer. Edge for iPhone and iPad carries that same user experience and similar interface from the Windows version. If you’re deep into the Microsoft experience on iPhone and iPad with Office, then you’ll appreciate the Edge browser.
Why? It’s free. It’s a browser. The claim to fame here is that Edge kinda sorta mostly looks and works as you would expect Edge to work on a mobile device.
Microsoft Edge… creates one continuous browsing experience for Windows 10 users across their devices. Content and data sync seamlessly in the background, so users can browse across devices, without skipping a beat. Familiar Microsoft Edge features like the Hub allow users to organize the web in a way that cuts through the clutter, making it easier to find, view and manage their content on-the-go. Microsoft Edge is designed for Windows 10 users to browse the web how they need to, wherever they are, without disrupting their flow.
And we know how about it is to have a disrupted flow, right?
Oh, by the way, and speaking of disruptions, the iPad version remains in beta and you’ll need to have been in the iOS TestFlight program for iPhone to get it, but it’ll be available soon. I’ve used the iPhone version awhile– where I work is heavily invested in Microsoft Office, so I have the entire Office suite running, well, everywhere.
The Edge browsing experience is a bit like using Chrome or Mozilla’s Firefox or Safari. It’s a browser. Meh. It comes with a continue on PC function which moves whatever websites you’re visiting at the moment from iPhone or iPad to a Windows PC (but, oddly enough, no tab sync). Private browsing? Check. Split View support on iPad? Uh, no check. Nope. Maybe later.
As browsers go, Mac or Windows, iPhone or Android, we live in The Golden Age of Browsers. They’re all good. They’re fast. They render website pages about the same and the only differentiators are a few features here and there.
For Mac, I prefer Firefox, then Safari, then Opera (built-in VPN), and use Chrome only when I have to. Mozilla does not bring the same Firefox experience– and speed– to iPhone and iPad. If Mozilla could– and I don’t think they can– I would use it on iOS, too.
As to Microsoft Edge for iOS? Hey, it’s a browser. But meh anyway.