In December 2018 Microsoft officially confirmed that Edge browser would be transferred to Chromium engine. Public testing of Chrome by Microsoft started in April and a week ago Microsoft Edge based on Chromium was officially introduced to public. Three main features were announced.
One of them is IE mode, which allows loading old sites in new browser with the help of rendering engine of Internet Explorer. In fact, to make the transfer as smooth as possible, Microsoft has built old IE into new Edge. The latest Edge version built in Windows 10 opens IE v.10 in a new window. The application has an individual interface and favorites. The new IE mode will load old sites and content designed for IE in a new Edge tab. A small IE favicon will indicate that user has IE mode enabled in the tab.
The reverse compatibility mode is designed for enterprise clients. As officially confirmed by Microsoft vice-president, one of the main goals is to make the business clients use Edge Chromium instead of using Chrome and Internet Explorer. In addition to the reverse compatibility mode, the enterprise clients will enjoy extended personalization options, like using custom logo, and integration with Microsoft Search and Office 365.
The next feature is intended for non-business users. It helps collecting and structuring of content, facilitates sharing, exporting to other programs and communicate with other Office applications.
The third major feature is a privacy settings page. User will select one of three confidentiality levels, Unrestricted, Balanced and Strict. The level of monitoring user activity and picking up advertising will depend upon selected level. Regardless of the level that user has selected, all potentially dangerous tracking solutions will be blocked.
These new functions are expected soon in test browser version available in Edge Canary channel. However, it is still unknown when the official stable version of Edge based on Chromium will be released.