One of the advantages of using the same browser across all your devices is that you mostly have a consistent experience, not to mention possibly syncing bookmarks, browsing history, and the like. If, however, you’ve fallen head over heels for Microsoft’s latest web browser, you’re out of luck on mobile. Until now, that is. Microsoft has just taken off the “Preview” label on the mobile version of Microsoft Edge, giving iOS and Android the ability to sync browsing data with their Windows 10 PCs.
Doesn’t that logo look familiar? Intentionally or not, it will remind people of ye ol’ Microsoft Internet Explorer. But Edge is definitely not Explorer, in good ways and perhaps bad. It is definitely lightweight and cleaner, unburdened by decades’ worth of features to support. At the same time, it’s lightweight nature is due to the fact that it doesn’t yet come with all the bells and whistles, which might be a good thing.
It does have the basics, mind, like Reading Lists, Favorites, etc. It’s real selling feature, at least for the mobile version, is the ability to sync with Edge on Windows 10. That means you will be able to continue your browsing almost seamlessly when switching between devices. macOS users, however, will have nothing to gain as Edge isn’t available there.
Before switching to stable mode, Microsoft also updated Edge for mobile with two new features. One is a dark theme that will be easier on the eyes at night. But perhaps the most noteworthy is Roaming Passwords, which lets you sync your web passwords the same way you sync your browsing data across phone and PC.
Microsoft Edge for mobile is now up on the iTunes App Store and Google Play Store, but availability is limited by country and language. For iOS, only US and UK (English), China (Simplified Chinese), and France (French) are supported. For Android, the list includes Australia and India (English) and Canada (English and French).