Microsoft’s Edge browser now available on iPad and Android tablets

Microsoft Edge on iPad
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Microsoft started previewing its Edge browser for iPad earlier this month, and it’s now releasing it for everyone using an iPad or Android tablets today. Microsoft has mainly just scaled up the interface for the larger screen on iPads or Android tablets, and features like “continue on PC” remain, alongside options to change from a light to a dark theme.

The iPad app is rather basic, especially if you’re using an iPad Pro. Microsoft hasn’t included iOS 11 split screen support, so you can’t run the browser alongside another app. Passwords will roam across Edge on Windows 10 to iPad and Android tablets, and the reading list and reading view features are both supported too. You can download Edge for iPad in Apple’s App Store, and the Android tablets version is available on the Google Play Store.

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You should really drop a comment on how this isn’t really the edge browser, but instead the Android Webview / Safari with an Edge skin on top… which means it’s probably much better than real edge

Good artists copy, great artists steal

Well, is not a copy, they HAVE to run on top of the device platform. Do you think is pure Chrome what you use in iOS?

They don’t have to on Android. They can use whatever engine they would like.

Thanks, I didn’t know that.

This has already been discussed so many times. The point is to extend Windows 10 features, like bookmarks, passwords, history, etc, to your non-Windows devices. The underlying engine is ultimately irrelevant on these platforms.

It has been discussed, but just because you and I know it doesn’t mean everyone does. As the person I was replying to responded and didn’t. Since they didn’t mention it I thought it was important.

I was adding the reasoning behind the decision not to building their own engine on the platform. My first sentence was admittedly unnecessary.

Apple requires that you use there web renderer for any iOS app, which means native versions of Chrome and Edge aren’t allowed in the Apple store. Android doesn’t have this restriction as there is a native FireFox app.

Such a bad troll-intent of comment!

Edge on Android uses Blink rendering engine from the Chromium browser project. It does not use WebView. As for iOS, they have no choice,

The point of Edge on smartphone is not to be a better web browser than what comes with the device. But rather give you integration with your Windows 10 PC. Edge favorites (bookmarks), and the rest are sync between Edge on your PC and phone.

The point of Edge on smartphone is not to be a better web browser than what comes with the device.

Why not? If they believe edge is really better in battery/performance/technology, they can with a modest investment run their engine on Android like Firefox does with Gecko. I think they just don’t wan’t to encourage people to use Android at all. Thanks for the actually constructive comment.

Browser engines ARE optimized per platform, so just copy pasting their engine to Android would not make it good. The effort here probably isn’t worth it.

Also in near future (5years) when PWAs rule the world browser engine will become a very integral part of OS (each tab will likly act as a seperate app UI-wise). When this happens there will only be one fully functional engine per OS, cause it will BE the os. For example Chrome will have to use Edge engine on Windows 10 to benefit from "webpage as an app" functionality.

Edge makes a lot of decisions in Js that are unlike what Blink does. Specially in terms of when to process/optimize the javascript. That sort of logic is platform independent. As form ARM, they are already compiling edge for ARM on windows, so that’s not the problem, the NDK allows you to run native ARM code on Android. In a purely mathematical sense, the OS doesn’t matter much when it comes to the browser engine.

You are right that arhitectzure does not matter.

What does matter is APIs. Browser engines are becoming integrated with the kernel more and more. A 3rd party browser engine can only run in a sandbox, the only integration allowed with the OS is via API. Unless OS maker makek an API for certain system-integrated function, 3rd party browser will not be able to acces it.

When PWAs get the same privileges as local apps(it will happen slowly), i am 100% those privileges will be greatly limited if running via 3rd party browser.

This is so the 00’s when safari was available on windows!

Can’t unsee that 2% battery on the header photo.

Finally… said no one ever.

Its become my default browser on my Android phone. It works perfectly and its one more opportunity to use a Google alternative. I also find the continue on PC useful – though I wish they would let me continue on Android too. I actually find the need to go from PC to mobile more often.

Same here. I don’t understand why there isn’t a feature to ‘send to my phone’ especially if you have Cortana. Info gets pushed from my computer to phone in the Cortana app, why not in Edge?

The Edge team seems like they’ve been stretched pretty far. The browser is still running into major crashes or configuration issues.

I have Edge on a work computer, two home PCs and a Surface that I use pretty much exclusively. I haven’t seen crashes or "configuration issues" in a long time.

My whole office ran into this last week. On about 60% of the computers Edge would give a network error, while Chrome, Firefox, and even IE worked fine. The issue was random on startup.

Is there any compelling reason to switch to this? Most people will just use the default and those that dislike Google services on Android will probably switch to Firefox before Edge. (The Firefox Focus browser is actually really nice). Is Microsoft offering any new features or functionality that would give people a reason to use this?

Tampermonkey on Android actually works… it’s the browser with extensions on android that we deserve. I have it as my side browser.

Since you ask, here’s MS PR statement.
Microsoft Edge, now available on Android, creates one continuous browsing experience for Windows 10 users across their devices. Content and data sync seamlessly in the background, so users can browse across devices, without skipping a beat. Familiar Microsoft Edge features like the Hub allow users to organize the web in a way that cuts through the clutter, making it easier to find, view and manage their content on-the-go. Microsoft Edge is designed for Windows 10 users to browse the web how they need to, wherever they are, without disrupting their flow.

Continue on PC: Go anywhere and pick up where you left off by seamlessly moving content between your mobile device and PC (requires Windows 10 Fall Creator’s Update).

Data Sync: Your favourites, passwords and reading list are synced across your devices, so no matter the device, your browser is always personalised to you.

Hub View: With your favourites, reading list, history and books all in one place, finding and managing your content is made simple.

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