Following last month's first preview builds of the next version of Microsoft Edge for Windows 10, the company on Monday announced the availability of the Microsoft Edge Canary channel for macOS.
You can now install preview builds from the Microsoft Edge Insider site for your macOS or Windows 10 PC, with more Windows version support coming soon.
Microsoft Edge for macOS will offer the same new browsing experience that Microsoft has previewed on Windows, with user experience optimizations to make it feel at home on a Mac. With this initial release, Microsoft has made several changes to the user interface to align with the Microsoft design language whilst making it feel natural on macOS.
Examples of this include a number of tweaks to match macOS conventions for fonts, menus, keyboard shortcuts, title casing, and other areas. You will continue to see the look and feel of the browser evolve in future releases as Microsoft continues to experiment, iterate and listen to customer feedback.
Additionally, Microsoft is designing user experiences that are exclusive to macOS, by leveraging specific hardware features available on Mac. For example, providing useful and contextual actions through the Touch Bar like website shortcuts, tab switching and video controls, as well as enabling familiar navigation with trackpad gestures.
The new Microsoft Edge preview builds for macOS are available through preview channels that Microsoft calls “Microsoft Edge Insider Channels.” The company is starting by launching the Microsoft Edge Insider Canary Channel, which you can download and try at the Microsoft Edge Insider site. This channel is available starting today on macOS 10.12 and above. The Dev Channel will be released very soon, and once available, you’ll be able to download and install it side-by-side with the Canary Channel.
With Microsoft 's new Chromium foundation, you can expect a consistent rendering experience across the Windows and macOS versions of Microsoft Edge, as well as the same developer tools you’ll find on Windows.
Web developers can now test sites and web apps in Microsoft Edge on macOS and be confident that those experiences will work the same in the next version of Microsoft Edge across all platforms.
The new macOS version also includes support for installable, standards-based Progressive Web Apps which you can inspect and debug using the browser developer tools. Microsoft is working to make PWAs feel at home alongside your native apps, so when installed they will appear in your Dock, app switcher, and Spotlight just like a native app.