Microsoft Built a New Web Browser for iPhones and Android Devices – Forbes

There’s a brand new web browser heading to Apple’s App Store and Google Play, and it’s coming from a seemingly unlikely source. Microsoft — yes, Microsoft — is getting ready to launch its Edge browser for the iPhone, iPad, and Android devices.

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For those who don’t know, this is not the first time that Microsoft has offered a browser that ran on Apple hardware. It has been a long, long time since it last happened, however. More than 20 years ago, Microsoft released Internet Explorer for the Mac. Seven years later the company finally threw in the towel on the project.

Way back then, of course, Internet Explorer was a force to be reckoned with. That’s not so much the case with Edge, even though it is by far the best and most standards-compliant browser Microsoft has ever made. Edge has struggled to gain market share against Google Chrome and Firefox.

But as Microsoft continues to re-tool under the leadership of Satya Nadella, the company is building a mobile presence that’s growing stronger by the day. Not by selling Windows smartphones, but rather by delivering quality apps to the two dominant mobile platforms: iOS and Android.

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Image: Microsoft

Edge on iPhones, iPads, and Andrdoid phones and tablets will sport a familiar look and feel to what you experience on a Windows 10 device. Under the hood, however, it’s an entirely different app.

On iOS, Edge is essentially a skin placed on top of Apple’s Safari browser (just like Chrome, Firefox and Opera for iOS). That’s because of Apple’s tight restrictions on web browsing apps in iOS. Android developers have more freedom, though Microsoft opted to utilize Google’s robust Blink browsing engine — which powers both the mobile and desktop versions of Chrome.

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