Microsoft Edge on iOS is official and available for testing now, Android version coming soon

Is this real life?

Is this real life?


If you read yesterday's rumor that Microsoft will be launching its Edge browser on iOS and Android soon and dismissed it as a pipe dream, we have some bad news for you: it's now official. In a semi-surprising announcement, Microsoft confirmed that a version of its current web browser is available for immediate testing on iOS, with an Android version coming "soon"

And while it basically proves we're living in an alternate, doomed timeline, the new(ish) browser looks like it has a cool idea or two baked inside. First and foremost is the "Continue on PC" option, which also debuted earlier today on the Microsoft Launcher, previously known as Arrow Launcher. In essence, it allows to send the current page to your desktop and, well, continue there. In fact, Microsoft has deemed the feature so important that it gets its own dedicated button next to the back, forward, and refresh ones.

Features that have crossed over from Edge on Windows include Reading View (which is pretty much your standard no distractions mode) and Hub View, which is a collection of all your bookmarks, your reading list, your history, and your downloads.

Edge's Hub View in action

Edge's Hub View in action


Of course, it wouldn't be a good port without the ability to sync your data between devices, so Microsoft naturally allows its users to do so. Right now, the feature is limited to favorites and reading list, but passwords and Microsoft Store purchases are said to be coming at a later date as well.

People interested in trying out need to go through a few hoops: the preview is currently only available for Windows Insiders (which is what Microsoft calls its volunteer beta tester community), and also only to those ones currently residing in the United States. And lastly, in order to install the app on you iOS device, you'll need to link your phone to your PC via a somewhat convoluted process involving your Microsoft account, your phone number, and at least one app install.

Continue on PC may be just a fancy name for webpage syncing across devices, but we'll take it

Continue on PC may be just a fancy name for webpage syncing across devices, but we'll take it


It's worth noting, however, that this isn't the vanilla Edge experience: the iOS version of the app will make use of Apple's WebKit rendering engine, while the Android version will use Chromium instead. Or in other words, the mobile Edge apps are mostly a skin overlaid on top of each platform's respective default browser, meaning you shouldn't expect any browsing speed increases, for example.

But what Microsoft seems to be betting on is a different browsing experience than the default one, and also one that is tightly connected with the rest of the Microsoft ecosystem — in fact, this reveal and the rebranding of the Arrow Launcher share an announcement, which once again displays the company's changing attitude towards its competitors' platforms (not that Windows 10 Mobile is competitive anymore).

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16 Comments

1. nikhil23

Posts: 414; Member since: Dec 07, 2016

Yay! Now I can use it to download Chrome on my android device. Oh wait. I already have chrome installed. So I don't need it anymore jokes aside, edge is really a browser optimized for performance on desktop. One of the reasons I don't use it is because lot of websites doesn't work well on edge, especially angular JS based websites. I was really shocked when a MS silverlight based website didn't work on edge. For now, chrome on desktop and chrome, Samsung browser on mobile is my preference

2. RevolutionA

Posts: 389; Member since: Sep 30, 2017

My Safari is still lot better than this

3. XperiaFanZone

Posts: 2277; Member since: Sep 21, 2012

If only the input gets saved like in Chrome when navigating forward and back

4. turk_az

Posts: 75; Member since: May 11, 2012

they better complete the browser in win 10 then release it to other platforms

5. Arthurhkt

Posts: 716; Member since: Apr 19, 2012

At this point, it wouldn't surprise if Microsoft release a Android based smartphone, they put more effort on the services than their own OS.

6. Settings

Posts: 2942; Member since: Jul 02, 2014

Their basic Office apps are available on the world's most successful OSes. Voice assistant, keyboard app, video/voice chat, server clients, email clients, professional social sites, IPs and technologies. List goes on. It's like expanding and exploring it's own OS to other OSes. MS wants it's services available to all.

7. Arthurhkt

Posts: 716; Member since: Apr 19, 2012

I actually hope they will release a Android based phone, they got all the necessary services ready, since Samsung had DEX together with Microsoft services, I would like to see whether or not Microsoft could bring their own Continuum to Android(Have to came with Google services of course).

16. path45th

Posts: 398; Member since: Sep 11, 2016

I think a lot of people of younger generations don't like Microsoft apps or services. They are their father's and mother's technology not theirs. They prefer doing everything within the Apple and Google ecosystems on their iDevices or Androids. Microsoft tries to break into those platforms in order to remain relevant. It doesn't respond to demand, it simply hopes that people may try them and find them good enough. But they will fail because iOS and Android (Google) apps and services are many years ahead and people have the habit to use them. I think that Microsoft will fade away as people of younger ages enter the workforce and people of older generations retire or passing away.

8. whatev

Posts: 2111; Member since: Oct 28, 2015

Who’s gonna use this? Seriously

9. Arthurhkt

Posts: 716; Member since: Apr 19, 2012

Billion, thousand, hundred, one or even none? Well, it doesn’t matter, if MS could create a good browser to compete with Chrome or Samsung internet, why not? More competition benefit us, provided MS could catch up the game.

10. MrShazam

Posts: 987; Member since: Jun 22, 2017

Well, that's a welcome move, but doubt I'd ever install this on my Note 8. Frst off, it currently requires connecting my entire Surface Pro to a fkn microsoft skynet account in order to simply enable bookmark syncing in Edge. Unless that changes, and it offers everything Samsung Internet does on both my OnePlus One and Note 8, won't even consider it. Only thing I need now is a way to sync Samsung Internet with Edge on Desktop, which is achievable with a Samsung Internet extension for Edge, just like is currently available for Chrome. Will be sending request to Samsung for this.

14. Xilam unregistered

I do this with my iPad Safari + Chrome on PC. Love having everything synced.

11. cnour

Posts: 2305; Member since: Sep 11, 2014

Soon a bluescreen on iPhone.....

12. KonSkl

Posts: 21; Member since: Jun 03, 2016

Well i hope the surface phone gets some dual boot functionality. Like android and windows 10 via continuum. As for edge i hope it's going to be as speedy as it is in windows 10

13. talon95

Posts: 980; Member since: Jul 31, 2012

I wouldn't be caught dead with this on my phone. I'm curious who would be asking for this and if it will be worth the development time.

15. path45th

Posts: 398; Member since: Sep 11, 2016

I haven't used any Microsoft app for 10 years. I prefer using Pages and Keynote instead of World or Powerpoint. Safari browser is simply the best you can get on all Apple devices. The idea that I need to set up an account with Microsoft (and to be constantly spied on thereafter) puts me of. In fact, I don't really find the point of having any other browser than Safari. It's simply cool that when I open a page on my iPhone it goes to my Mac or iPad automatically without the need to do anything.

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