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Microsoft's Edge Browser Now Generally Available For iOS, Android ( 140

An anonymous reader shares a report: Microsoft announced in October previews of new Edge browser apps for iOS and Android. On November 30, Microsoft officials are announcing that these apps are no longer in preview and are generally available for users in select markets. By making Edge apps available on non-Windows operating systems, Microsoft is hoping to do more than give Windows 10 users who use Edge a more convenient way to sync their bookmarks, tabs, etc., across devices. Microsoft also is doing this to improve its "Continue on PC" feature that it's been touting for Windows 10. With "Continue on PC," users will be able to share a web site, app, photo, and other information from their phones to their Windows 10 PCs in a faster and more seamless way. Microsoft is looking to Continue on PC to help keep Windows PCs relevant in a world where more and more computing is done on mobile devices.
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Microsoft's Edge Browser Now Generally Available For iOS, Android

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  • by Anonymous Coward on Thursday November 30, 2017 @12:47PM (#55650995)

    I could also smear turds all over my phone. No thanks, Micro$hit.

  • by b0s0z0ku ( 752509 ) on Thursday November 30, 2017 @12:48PM (#55651007)
    I mean, leprosy is available in the US for un-infected people, but it's not as if there's a big line to be infected.
    • by mark-t ( 151149 )

      > What are the problems with Edge, exactly other than issues that one might have with the maker of it?

      Not that I'm suggesting that's not a good enough reason for someone who is negatively predisposed towards Microsoft to be opposed to its use, but I'm wondering if there are actual qualitatively measurable factors involved, or if this perspective only arises on account of a subjective bias against the company

      • I have no idea, since I've never used it. It also doesn't matter. It could be the most fantastic browser in the history of browsers, but the fact that it comes from Microsoft means that it can't be trusted.

      • On desktop, Edge is exclusive to Windows.

        My laptop runs Debian 9 "Stretch". Compared to the Firefox ESR that I currently use or the Chromium that I use for a few sites that don't run well in Firefox ESR (such as, Edge would cost more, as I'd have to buy a Windows license, and it would use a lot more RAM, as I'd have to run Windows in a virtual machine.

    • by Anonymous Coward

      Thank god that features no one asked for and are probably broken out of the box anyway have finally arrived.

    • Why would you want it? Because it will send all of your personal information to Microsoft instead of to Google. Isn't that reason enough to rush right out and install this?
    • Competition!

      "Hey Firefox and Chrome, maybe get better and stop using up all my damn memory or I'm going to start using Microsoft again! Stop laughing, I'm serious! It's already on my computer, it would be so easy! ... Okay, I'm not serious..."
  • by mccrew ( 62494 ) on Thursday November 30, 2017 @12:52PM (#55651037)
    Microsoft Stick now generally available for everyone's eye.
  • Does it come with any adblocking features? That is all that is really needed.
    • Why bother when you have Bing ads? :P

    • That's the thing that got my right out of the gate with Edge. The fact that they have never been able to open up access to any real significant pro privacy extensions. And I imagine they will never do so given that every single one of these POS tech companies have bought fulling into monitizing everything you do.
      • Agreed...that is why I stick with FF. At least it is open source.
        • well personally I went to Waterfox now that Quantum strips out the ability to use classic theme restorer as well as a few other 'legacy' add-ons. I just flat out HATE the new visual design. And my real work house extensions I use for privacy work just as well as they always have. Privacy badger, cookie autodelete, u-block, etc.
      • Did you bother looking at the extensions? LastPast, uBlock, pocket....a bunch of other stuff that people use I guess.....They have all the stuff people actually care about and keep the hakz0r crap out of the store.

  • by Anonymous Coward
    M$? M$ BAD!
    I didn't RTFS after "MICRO$HIT" because everything they do is bad and wrong, now mod me up for my insightfulness.
  • I have to wash my hair... so... yeah... like... I think I'll be avoiding that or something... yeah.
  • I bet a few thousand chumps will download that crap.
  • You can have it all if you promise not to make software anymore.
  • I'm not sure if I should be alarmed that this is now available for use outside the already damned places it was before.

    Remember, Microsoft browsers are the number one browsers used to download other browsers.
  • Great news! (Score:4, Funny)

    by Miles_O'Toole ( 5152533 ) on Thursday November 30, 2017 @01:30PM (#55651343)

    That's like announcing popcorn that causes ungovernable episodes of explosive diarrhea will be available at all your local supermarkets.

  • Really? (Score:4, Insightful)

    by kurkosdr ( 2378710 ) on Thursday November 30, 2017 @01:34PM (#55651365)
    Gotta love all the "No Micro$hit stuff on my phone" crowd. None of them mentioned any problems with the browser itself, but let's bash Microsoft because we are in neckbeardia (Slashdot) and therefore it's the cool thing to do. IMO Edge's problem is the lack of adblocking capabilities, which means you 'll have to tolerate heavyweight javascript from ads draining your battery and ad banners clashing with poorly-made mobile CSS. Chrome has the exact same problem. I use Brave Browser in my Android phone, but it doesn't have tab sync functionality between devices. Still, I am always on the lookout for something better (with ad blocking and tab sync).
    • by tsa ( 15680 )

      Microsoft has done so many terrible things in the 1990s and 2000s that they deserve at least twenty years more of MS bashing. You are probably too young to have lived through that hellish period.

    • Gotta love all the "No Micro$hit stuff on my phone" crowd. None of them mentioned any problems with the browser itself, but let's bash Microsoft because we are in neckbeardia (Slashdot) and therefore it's the cool thing to do.

      It's not cool. It's the least that MS deserves, after decades of abuse and obnoxiousness.

    • one word.....uBlock Origin....its there, its fully supported.

    • Do you remember the time that Microsoft tried to outright kill Linux by funding SCO? WE DO. For fuck's sake you are on a site that for over a decade had Bill Gate's face mocked up as a Borg.We have some some shit here, more than you could imagine. Dont be such an ignorant ass.
    • let's bash Microsoft because we are in neckbeardia (Slashdot) and therefore it's the cool thing to do.

      It's not that it's "the cool thing to do". It's that the history of abuse coming from Microsoft is so long and bad that avoidance is the only rational stance to take.

      If someone punches you every time you see them, it's not remotely irrational to expect that the next time you see them, they're going to punch you.

    • Edge's problem is that it's not open source, it's developer tools look like they were written by high schools students, its security is the worst of major browsers, its support for web standards (particularly MediaSource and things like that) is still no where near that of chrome and firefox.
      • It gets better with every 6 month release. the Fall Creators Update was almost usable! :)

        I think the main problem is the release cycle. Few are interested in the Insider program and to gain any traction they need more regular updates. Whereas Firefox and Chrome users see an update every 6 weeks.

    • There's this really cool new browser that has both of those features on Android, you should try it. It's got kind of a funny name though, I don't know if it'll ever get popular. It's called "Firefox".

  • I guess you have a fairly good idea where you can stick it.
  • Just what nobody wanted.
  • I want IE 6 on my Android .

    It would help my massochism porn fetish great perfect right there in bed

  • I'm not sure who'd want to use Edge given that it's a bit crap but yay?
  • Edge still isn't as functional (or stable) as either Firefox nor Chrome on the Desktop, although it does have a few interesting ideas/implementations.

    On Android I already have Firefox Nightly (some addons available), Firefox Focus (built-in ad & tracker blocking), Chrome Canary and Chrome.

    It's well worth your time to install at least one additional browser, so that Android will give you a choice of how to open a given external URI every time.

    • How is it unstable?

      I use it every day on my Windows 10 device and have no issues at all.

      Also, Edge on iPhone and Android is just a wraper of features around the native HTML/JS engines on the devices.

  • If you're using Edge, this is good news.

    But, why are you using Edge?

    • why are you using Edge?

      I personally am not. But the following applies to another class of users:

      Windows 10 S blocks installation of applications from outside the Windows Store. The Windows Store Policies ban web browsers other than EdgeHTML wrappers. Therefore, for a user of a PC that came with Windows 10 S, installing another browser costs $50 for the upgrade from Windows 10 S to Windows 10 Pro.

  • on the iOS browser? I remember Firefox on iOS wasn't really Firefox back in the day because Apple wouldn't let you publish apps that themselves ran apps and a browser counted as such. The want to make sure you don't use it to do an end run around their store's 30% cut.
  • Would install the security hole that is IE on a Linux device?
  • It's the Uwe Boll of browsers! For EVERYONE! Now we can all smear rat excrement all over our hard drives!

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