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  • Microsoft Edge preview builds for Windows 7, Windows 8, and Windows 8.1

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    Home Forums AskWoody support Questions: Browsers and desktop software Internet Explorer and Edge Microsoft Edge preview builds for Windows 7, Windows 8, and Windows 8.1

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    • #1849313 Reply

      AskWoody Plus

      Today we are excited to make preview builds from the Microsoft Edge Canary channel available on Windows 7, Windows 8, and Windows 8.1. This rounds out the initial set of platforms that we began to roll out back in April, so developers and users alike can try out the next version of Microsoft Edge on every major desktop platform.

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    • #1849394 Reply

      Paul T
      AskWoody MVP

      “Canary”? Really? Maybe someone at MS thinks that’s funny.

      cheers, Paul

    • #1849399 Reply

      AskWoody Plus

      MS thinks that’s funny.

      Why is it funny ? New Edge is build on Chromium Canary.

      • #1849463 Reply

        Da Boss

        For those not aware of Canary Channel:

        Chrome Release Channels
        Canary build: Canary builds are the bleeding edge. Released daily, this build has not been tested or used, it’s released as soon as it’s built.
        This faster release cycle also brought a fourth channel: the “Canary” channel, updated daily from a build produced at 09:00 UTC from the most stable of the last 40 revisions.[180] The name refers to the practice of using canaries in coal mines, so if a change “kills” Chrome Canary, it will be blocked from migrating down to the Developer channel, at least until fixed in a subsequent Canary build.[181] Canary is “the most bleeding-edge official version of Chrome and somewhat of a mix between Chrome dev and the Chromium snapshot builds”.
        Canary releases run side-by-side with any other channel; it is not linked to the other Google Chrome installation and can therefore run different synchronization profiles, themes, and browser preferences. This ensures that fallback functionality remains even when some Canary update may contain release-breaking bugs.[182] It does not natively include the option to be the default browser, although on Windows and OS X it can be set through System Preferences. Canary was Windows-only at first; an OS X version was released on May 3, 2011.[183]

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    • #1849658 Reply

      AskWoody Plus

      I’m going to pass on the new Windows 7 Microsoft Edge.

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    • #1915314 Reply

      AskWoody Plus

      So, just when will a stable / tested version of Microsoft Edge be available to replace Internet Explorer 11 in Windows 8.1 Pro ?

      • #1915324 Reply

        Da Boss

        It most likely will not replace IE11, because IE is baked into the OS and used by other processes besides its browser function.
        It will probably be added as an additional browser.

    • #1918127 Reply

      AskWoody Plus

      Microsoft Edge will no longer support e-books that use the .epub file extension. Visit the Microsoft Store to see our recommended .ePub apps. You can expect to see more added over time as we partner with companies like the DAISY Consortium to add additional, accessible apps.

      • #1949248 Reply

        AskWoody Lounger

        Related to this, do we have a recommended .ePub reader, just in case someone already managed to rely on this functionality? I get over a hundred search results just in Microsoft Store, and would in most situations prefer a standalone application instead anyway…

        Oh and anyone check if the “Sumatra PDF” in Microsoft Store is the real thing?

        (So far for me, it’s been more common to get asked about DjVu support than ePub…)

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      I like to have a few different browsers installed and available, so that I can pick the best one for each website I visit. I’m sure that some websites have been written to work best with Edge.

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