Microsoft today released new versions of its Edge browser for iOS and Android platforms. The company says that it decided to bring its Edge browser on rival platforms on popular demand.
“One of the most common requests we hear from people who use Microsoft Edge on Windows 10 PCs is ‘we want our browser experience to move to our phones. You spoke, we listened,” said Microsoft.
The browser offers all the essential features you’d find in its PC version, though comes with a few additions such as the ability to sync favorites, history, reading list, ebooks, as well as other content from your mobile device. It also allows users to resume work from the exact same point where they might be working on a PC. The functionality is called ‘continue on PC’ is one of the highlight feature in Microsoft’s Edge browser for iOS and Android.
However, mobile version of the browser still misses the much-popular tab syncing feature. The company said that in order for this feature to work, it will have to tweak the desktop version of the browser which it plans to do at some point in the future.
But overall, Microsoft Edge for iOS and Android offers the same look and feel of its desktop counterpart. For instance, you get that the same, familiar looking news feed when you open a new a ta on your iOS or Android device.
Currently, Edge for iOS and Android is still in its beta phase. iOS users can try out the browser’s preview via Apple TestFlight.
Android beta for the browser, however, is not yet available but is expected to arrive shortly. In the meantime, interested users can sign up for the beta here. Also, there’s no tablet support yet as Microsoft has targeted the initial preview of Edge at iPhone and Android smartphone users only. Now, this implies that Edge for iOS doesn’t get the stylus found on its desktop version.