Since the launch of Apple’s custom M1 chip, latest features MacBook Pro and MacBook Air, software developers are rushing to deliver native builds on the new silicon.
Recompiled it Office 365 to run on new Apple devices, Microsoft has turned its attention to its flagship web browser, Edge. After a dedicated M1 version was released in early access last month, a full stable build is ahead.
Edge for M1 devices was released to the Microsoft Insider Canary channel (which usually contains the most experimental features) on December 17, before moving to the Dev and Beta channels over the weekend.
Starting today, you can download the Microsoft Edge Insider channel of your choice with native macOS ARM64 support! Visit our Insider website to download Canary, Dev or Beta to see how it runs, ” tweeted Microsoft.
With Edge for M1 now available across all early access channels, a full public launch is imminent.
Microsoft Edge for Apple M1
While Mac owners can use an emulator (ex: Apple Rosetta) to run apps that aren’t optimized for the M1 chip, Edge fans will still be celebrating the version’s arrival. M1.
Although useful, simulation almost always results in a decrease in performance, as computer resources must be devoted to translation. Given the central importance of web browsers to any modern computing experience, performance issues can be disappointing.
Microsoft Edge is now catching up in this sense, with rival browsers Google Chrome and Firefox has been recompiled to run on an Arm-based M1 chip.
According to the Calendar release, Microsoft Edge version 88 (next stable build) is set to launch within the next week or so, though it’s unclear if Edge’s stable build for M1 will launch in the lock step. .
Microsoft has yet to respond to our request for clarification, but the fact that this software appears in the Dev and Beta channels indicates a full launch date.
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