Edge Preview Channels
In the last year Microsoft’s flagship browser, Edge, has had a phenomenal market share growth of just over 1,300%. Some of the growth has to do with the retirement of Internet Explorer on June 15 this year and some has been the inclusion of the chromium platform it is now based on. But most of its growth is because of its continual addition of user-friendly features and the improvements made in security and performance.
Personally, I believe a big reason for its growth is the ability of everyday users to download and provide feedback on all four versions of Edge.
You do not have to be a Windows insider to download any of the Edge browsers. I always have all four running on my computer so I can see what new features are in the pipeline and I can provide positive or negative comments on those features. Several planned improvements have never made it to Edge because of the feedback provided by everyday users.
Edge Preview Builds
Besides Edge, which is usually the default browser on new machines, Microsoft offers three preview channels. The main difference between the channels is the frequency of release and the stability of the release.
Note: Not all users who are subscribed to a channel will receive them at the same time. You can download each of them at the Microsoft Edge InsiderChannels website.
Obviously, the preview channels above are not supported versions. Insiders are more than welcome to provide feedback and help correct bugs but also to recommend future features they would like to see implemented.
If you are a cutting-edge gamer, subscribing to a preview channel might just be the way to experience improvements to HD and UHD displays for browser-based games. If you are unsure if you want to put your feet in the fast-flowing waters of the Canary Channel, you might do great in the calmer waters of the Beta channel.
Experiencing the different channels also give you a voice in future development. If you want a new feature you experienced in the Canary channel, you will need most insider voting for it to happen. Installation of any preview channel does not affect any other Edge build. You may install all four and switch as needed. I match the colors of the logos for my Edge background. I use Dark Grey for Stable, blue for Beta, green for Dev, and yellow for Canary. This helps me know which build I am currently viewing.