Published: Thu, October 05, 2017
Sci-tech | By Carrie Guzman

Microsoft's new Android launcher lets you connect your phone and PC

Microsoft's new Android launcher lets you connect your phone and PC

While I do not think that Microsoft will stop building its Trident engine for the desktop version of Edge or switch to WebKit for the desktop anytime soon, the company is now effectively building two versions of its web browser.

Today, Microsoft's Joe Belfiore officially announced in a blog post that the company's Edge browser is coming to Android and iPhone later this year.

Web browsers are one of the most important apps on any device.

"Microsoft Edge for iOS and Android brings familiar features like your Favorites, Reading List, New Tab Page and Reading View across your PC and phone, so, no matter the device, your browsing goes with you", says Microsoft. Because its an early version of the mobile browser, it is only available to Windows Insiders.

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It's worth noting that the initial preview will be launched only in US-English. Some features like roaming passwords and support for iPads/Android tablets aren't available yet but will come in the future. Microsoft created Edge as a clean break from its older Internet Explorer browser, and uses an all-new engine.

Microsoft is rebranding its popular custom launcher app for Android to Microsoft Launcher from the familiarly known Arrow Launcher.

Under its code name Spartan, Microsoft Edge was first released to the public as part of a Windows 10 Technical Preview build in March 2015, and it was given its official name in late April 2015. Bringing Edge to Android means it will compete with many other browsers, including Google's own Chrome, Mozilla's Firefox, and Opera. Documents and photos has a "continue on PC" option that will open them up on a computer, making it easier to start working on the phone and then resume on a computer.

With Edge now on every platform, this is the final missing piece of being able to completely transform a phone, via apps, to a "Microsoft" phone. Anyone signed up for the Arrow Launcher preview will automatically get access to the new Microsoft Launcher preview.

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