The company announced the mobile version of its Internet Explorer successor has passed through the preview stage and is now available for download on Android and iOS. The browser was released for public testing back in October, giving “hundreds of thousands” of users a chance to put the app through its paces and give feedback to Microsoft.
The big draw for Edge is that the app allows users to work seamlessly between Windows 10 devices and their Smartphones with a Continue on PC feature, which jumps between mobile and desktop browsing.
Some other standout functions carry over from the desktop version of Edge, like a users preset Favorites and Reading Lists — but so few people actually use Edge on their computers that a mobile version might not matter. Microsoft claims that “hundreds of thousands” of people tested out the Edge preview, but only about 4.5 percent of PC owners use Edge in the first place, according to the latest stats from NetMarketShare. Almost 60 percent of desktop internet usage is through Google Chrome, which is also the most popular mobile browser.
Microsoft is hoping that new features like Roaming Passwords, which allows users to save login data for access on mobile and desktop, might attract some more of the browser market share. Success might not be likely without a major presence on PCs, but Microsoft at least deserves some points for trying to make Edge happen.
If nothing else, it could give you a more solid rationale for sticking with your browser of choice, so a free download couldn’t hurt.