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October 6, 2017

Microsoft’s Edge Browser Coming Soon on iOS and Android

Microsoft has announced that its Edge browser will be available soon on iOS and Android platforms. It is also arranging in its series of launch the Arrow Launcher for Android which will be renamed to Microsoft Launcher.

It is no more a secret that Microsoft’s splendor in the mobile OS and hardware space is diminishing. As per the experts, it still requires to have its name on the rival platforms otherwise it might jeopardize its relevancy on the desktop as well. It is being said that Edge and the Microsoft Launcher are both the brainchild of this strategy since they will be the pipe cinch of the company in extending the Microsoft Graph to further and farther horizons. The Graph is Microsoft’s cross-platform system that enables you to sync your files and documents across various devices. The company looks at the Graph as a prime ingredient to secure the future of Windows.

So, what is going to be the USP of this launch?

With the least bit of surprise it can be conferred that this new version of Edge will certainly facilitate easy connection between your PC and your mobile device. This will also enable easy syncing of your browser sessions and other features.

Currently, Edge for iOS and Android will be available as previews that you can sign up for. It is anticipated, from the horse’s mouth that the Android version is going to be available to the mobile users, Android users in particular, as a beta version in the Google Play store. And for the classy iOS users, the iOS version will be available through Testflight very soon.

A key fact that is worthy to be noted at this point of time is that Microsoft will not bring its own rendering engine to these platforms. It is instead going to rely upon WebKit on iOS and the Blink engine on Android, not the Android WebView control. It is quite an unexpected disclosure although cent per cent true that on Android, Microsoft is now going to ship its own version of the Blink engine inside its app.

And about the Launcher, it is actually quite noteworthy that a formidable Android Launcher will finely integrate with all of the Google apps that you most probably use in your day to day life, for instance, calendar, Gmail, etc. The Microsoft’s version of the Google feed, the left-most screen that you see on your Android device is no doubt quite useful in its own right. It puts your calendar and all the other relevant information in front and center. Google, on the other hand, still has been using it for a general newsfeed.

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