Microsoft today announced that it is bringing Microsoft Edge, its own web browser found on Windows devices, to iOS and Android. Microsoft says that Windows users have long requested their “browser experience to move” to their phones which is why it is bringing Edge to iOS and Android.
Microsoft Edge for iOS contains all the features that you will find in the Windows version of the browser like Favorites, Reading List, New Tab Page, Reading View across PC and phone, and more. Some Edge features like Roaming passwords and iPad support is missing right now but Microsoft will add them eventually. The Continue on PC functionality will be added to both apps once the Windows 10 Fall Creators update lands later this year. Disappointingly, Edge currently lacks the ability to sync your open tabs between your PC and iPhone — a basic feature that is present on Safari, Chrome, and Firefox.
Microsoft is making a preview version of Edge for iOS available through Apple’s TestFlight system. If you are interested in beta testing the app, you can sign up here. You will have to be a Windows Insiders member to be able to sign up for the preview program. The preview version of the app will only launch with US English support, though Microsoft promises to expand the preview program to other countries and languages over time.
There are already plenty of browsers available for iOS, with Safari and Chrome being the preferred choice among iPhone users. It remains to be seen what features Microsoft offers with Edge for iOS that allows it to distinguish itself from the competition. Remember that due to certain limitations in iOS, Edge for iOS will use the same rendering engine as Safari for iOS.