Microsoft Edge, a staple of Windows 10 desktops worldwide is soon launching on Android and iOS. We say soon because right now it is only in the preview mode. But users can enrol as beta testers in the Windows Insider program on Microsoft’s website. These beta testers will have the first taste of how the browser works on Android and iOS. The enrollment is for the US only. Installing the preview on iOS is a bit cumbersome. You will have to link your smartphone to a PC with a Microsoft account. This will involve a phone number and installation of at least one app.
However, the software giant has listed some standout features to lure you into using it. They say it comes with Favorites, Reading List, New Tab Page, Reading View, all of which are found on Windows 10 Edge. Microsoft will also sync favourites reading list between devices. In the future, syncing of passwords and purchases on Microsft Store will be made available. The first preview will be released soon starting with the US, but there are no dates as of yet. Microsoft Edge on Android is likely to encounter established fierce competition from UC Browser, Chrome, Firefox and Opera. The app first launched in 2015 under codename Spartan as part of Windows 10.
In a related development, Microsoft also had one more announcement to make. The Redmond-based firm has now aptly rebranded the Arrow Launcher as Microsoft Launcher. It is available on the Google Play Store for now as a preview. The launcher comes with a feed like Google Now that shows top news, events of the day, and most used apps. It has some fragments of Continuum in it as users can continue certain tasks on their PC right where they left off on mobile. Microsoft thinks this is a feature that distinguishes them from all other launchers. Overall, the UI has also been cleaned up and now has a number of colour choices for backgrounds of the launcher. All in all, it is at least worth giving a try as I am going to after a long time.