The new browser has finally gone live for the older versions of the operating system. In preview form, of course. But those of you that wanted to try Microsoft Edge on Windows 7 and 8 now have the chance.
This is, obviously, the new flavor of the Microsoft Edge browser, built using the Chromium engine.
And it can be installed on PC running either Windows 7, Windows 8, or Windows 8.1 as part of its testing program. Previously, Microsoft had only released previews for Windows 10 and macOS, but now the company is ready for the older platforms.
Straight from the Microsoft Edge team:
“Delivering the next version of Microsoft Edge to all supported versions of Windows is part of our goal to improve the web browsing experience for our customers on every device, and to empower developers to build great experiences with less fragmentation.”
As you would expect from a new browser on an old operating system, Microsoft Edge does offer the same look and feel as its Windows 10 sibling, but these versions are missing several of the new features and additions, including the dark theme.
Luckily, Redmond has promises to add a few of these options soon, as the priority right now is to allow users to take the new browser for a test drive on these old operating systems.
Right now, only the Canary build of Microsoft Edge is available for these three OS, but Microsoft has confirmed that the Dev channel would be released on older Windows very soon as well. That said, there is no indication when the final, stable version of Edge will be available for these users.
Should not be too far off.
In the meantime, be sure to download your Microsoft Edge preview builds from here for your specific version of Windows.