Last year, when Microsoft announced their plans to move their Microsoft Edge browser to the Chromium rendering engine, they began allowing users to sign up for an Edge Insiders program to help test the new browser when it begins public testing.
It appears that public preview program is getting closer as supporting documentation and other content pages beging to come online.
Over the last few weeks, we have seen leaked screenshots of what appears to be Edge in its new Chromium based framework plus a support page that includes an FAQ, Community Support Forum (not yet live) and a ticket based system to contact Edge support.
Recently a page popped up that listed extensions for the upcoming Edge browser based on Chromium but disappeared shortly after it was discovered.
However, as of this weekend it appears that page is back online and has been populated with nearly 100 extensions for Microsoft’s upcoming Edge browser update.
The Microsoft Edge Insider Addons page now lists seven categories of plugins for a total of 99.
- All extensions (99 total)
- Adblockers and password managers (18)
- Education (9)
- Social and entertainment (16)
- Shopping (15)
- Productivity (37)
- For developers (4)
While many believe Microsoft’s annual BUILD developers conference, which is being held in May, will be the time frame for the first public preview of Edge using Chromium.
However, with all these support pages and other things beginning to appear online, I suspect the public preview is much closer than May. I would not be surprised to see it launched around the time we see the upcoming April 2019 Update, aka 19H1, released to the public next month or shortly after we begin testing 19H2 updates in the Windows Insiders program.
Microsoft Edge Insiders Addons Page Screenshots