After about a year of beta testing, Microsoft has finally released the Chromium Edge browser for Windows 10/7 and macOS. It uses the same web engine as Google Chrome, but has developed many unique features on that basis. In terms of appearance, the new Microsoft Edge does have a new and stylish look, but it’s a bit of a no-go with the fluent design on Windows 10.
(From: Microsoft, via Windows Latest)
When Microsoft announced the Chromium Edge project in late 2018, the company promised to keep the look and feel of the classic Edge browser the same. But after developing several features, Fluent Design seems to have become one of Microsoft’s top targets.
The software giant has quietly revealed that it is investigating user feedback on Fluent Design and fillet animations. In the coming months, the company plans to focus on the following areas:
The themes of the Edge main interface — tabs, address bars, and menus;
Consider taking away too many tabs with browser buttons;
Smooth feel, transparency, and other material effects;
Add the display focus of Fluent Design to animate tab or button borders;
Display smaller tags, URLs, toolbars on desktop PCs or devices that do not support touch;
Other new animations.
“We have been working closely with designers to align their looks with Fluent Design and to our availability and accessibility standards,” the Edge team said.
Fluent Design implementations in Chromium Edge are still in the early stages and can’t even be close to the classic Edge. As Microsoft is still considering feedback, the new changes may not be introduced until the second half of 2020.
The company recently revealed that the new Edge will begin to be available to all Windows 10 users later this year. As for the planned Linux version, Microsoft has not disclosed the exact launch time.