As Microsoft builds its Edge browser on Chrome, Verge has secured a first look at an early version that Microsoft is testing internally.
Unlike the early buildings, where Edge looked annoyingly like Chrome, this version makes it seem like an app on Windows. The screens show that the user interface is a mix of Chrome and Edge ̵
When this Chromium version of Kant is installed, on-screen prompts you to import favorites, passwords and browser logs from Chrome or Edge (depending on the default setting) and select a style for the default tab.
Currently, you can only sync favorites, but not settings, history, extensions, open tabs, passwords, and autofill information. Some signatures Edge features are currently lacking, such as dark mode and page deposition feature.
The browser supports extensions with a dedicated extension for Microsoft approved. You will also be able to install Chrome extensions from Google's online store by browsing a switch in the settings. Tom Warren from The Verge confirms that several extensions he tried, like 1Password and Ghostery, work just like they do in Chrome.
] The first appearance and screens suggest that this early version of the Edge built on Chromium is quite polished and Warren notes that it is also very quick to start and browse.
Although Microsoft has not shared any timeline for the launch or Beta availability, it appears that if the company's developers can continue this good work, a stable beta may soon come along with more comprehensive information on the one shared on Build 2019, Microsoft's annual developer conference, to be held in May.
Further reading: Edge Chromium, Microsoft Edge