Canary Edge

Microsoft have recently announced they are ditching the current version of their Edge browser in favour of a Chromium based browser. In this series, I am going to take a look at the Canary version of this new browser.

Microsoft Edge is currently in development and has two 'channels' currently available:

  1. Dev Channel, which is updated weekly. The dev builds are the best representation of the improvements in the past week. They have been tested by the Microsoft Edge team, and are generally more stable than Canary.
  2. Canary Channel, which is updated daily. Want to see what Microsoft were working on yesterday? Canary will be released automatically almost every night to keep you up to date on Microsoft's progress.

As development progresses, a Beta Channel, which updates every six weeks, will become available. This channel will be the most stable Microsoft Edge preview experience. It will be here soon, after we've had a chance to learn and improve in our other channels.

  • Strange goin's on this mornin' I opened up Edge Canary as usual and started on my daily routine. When I opened up and started scrolling through the articles I got a message saying that This site was having problems please come back later, yadda, yadda, yadda.
  • Microsoft edfe canary i had a question i had installed both microsoft edfe and also microsoft edge canary but when i goto file location of microsoft edge canary and click on msegde.exe it opens normal microsoft edge not the canary browser.
  • Mar 08, 2021 Microsoft Edge Canary now has an option to import passwords from Comma Separated Values (CSV) files. The option has to be enabled through edge://flags, but it makes it much easier to import passwords.
  • Microsoft have recently announced they are ditching the current version of their Edge browser in favour of a Chromium based browser. In this series, I am going to take a look at the Canary version of‎.

Microsoft’s new Edge browser is under constant active development, with the company regularly adding features in the various development channels, starting with the Edge Canary channel. The latest feature to show up in Edge Canary, noticed by Techdows, is a section which allows you to set the browser as your default browser, but in fact.


For this series, I've opted for the Canary Channel.

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Microsoft's Edge browser is getting a new performance mode, and it's already available for testing if you happen to be running the Canary version of the browser. Spotted by user HotCakeX on the Microsoft Tech Community Forums (via WinCentral), there's a new toggle under the System section of the browser's settings page where users can enable performance mode.

According to the description, enabling performance mode 'helps you optimize speed, responsiveness, CPU, memory, and battery usage' for the browser, though it doesn't specify at what cost those improvements might come. However, it is worth noting that enabling the option disables the timer for sleeping tabs, which likely means it's set to one of the lowest values automatically. Putting tabs to sleep can help save resources and improve performance, so it makes sense that this is one of the settings that's enabled with performance mode.

Microsoft does note that the performance improvements enabled by this toggle will vary depending on your system configuration and your browsing habits. Users with more tabs may notice a bigger difference, for instance, if those tabs are put to sleep quickly.

Performance mode began rolling out with version 91.0.586.0, but it's a hidden feature. You'll need to use a launch parameter to enable it, similar to the Workspaces feature spotted last week. In this case, the launch parameter is as follows:



The same user on the Tech Community Forums also noted the recent addition of the ability to add text to a PDF file in Edge Canary. This also appears to be a controlled rollout, as the feature isn't available on our end yet.

Canary Edge Beta

On the topic of performance, Microsoft recently released a Canary version of Edge for Android, featuring a series of improvements over the stable release. You can check out our comparison between the two versions here.