Microsoft Edge beta is now optimized for your M1 Mac

So long as you're comfortable using a beta browser.

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Jon Fingas
January 18th, 2021
Apple MacBook Air with M1 chip (2020)
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You don’t have to use Chrome if you want a Chromium-powered browser optimized for Apple’s M1-based Macs. Windows Central reports that Microsoft has released a beta version of Edge with native support for Apple Silicon. If you live in Microsoft’s ecosystem or just prefer its take on web surfing, you should see better performance and avoid quirks that might pop up using Rosetta 2 translation.

Canary and Dev versions arrived in December and early January respectively, although those were very rough compared to this new software.

The usual caveats apply. The beta still isn’t a polished release, so you might run into bugs. You might want to hold off if you depend on Edge for work. It should still be viable for everyday use, though. This also suggests that a stable release is coming relatively soon —even if you’re cautious, you’ll have yet another M1 browser choice if Safari, Chrome or Firefox doesn’t suit your tastes.

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