Microsoft Edge on Android: Windows 10 browser spinoff clocks up million users

Microsoft's new Edge app quickly reaches a million downloads, but the company needs more Edge PC users.

Microsoft's Edge browser has arrived for iOS and Android phones in beta Microsoft is once again trying to keep Windows PCs relevant. It is bringing Edge to iOS and Android. Microsoft's main intent is to improve its "Continue on PC" feature for Windows 10. A majority of Windows 10 users also use iOS or Android phones, but there's no good system to unify these devices. Edge for iOS and Android will help knit this together for all Microsoft's customers. Customers with Windows 10 PCs and non-Windows phones will now be able sync their bookmarks and more. Starting Oct. 5, iOS users can test the Edge preview app via Apple TestFlight. Android phone users can sign up to try out the Android version of the Edge preview app. Support for iPads and Android tablets will be added at some point in the future. Microsoft is also updating its Arrow Launcher for Android and renaming it "Microsoft Launcher." A beta is available in the Google Play Store for Android users who want to stay connected to their Windows 10 PCs. For instance, Microsoft has added the ability to put People as icons on the Android home screen.

Just a week after coming out of preview, the Microsoft Edge app for Android has been downloaded at least a million times.

According to the Google Play Store, the Blink-based Microsoft Edge app has been downloaded between one million and five million times. The app has been available to testers for a while, but only reached preview in October before becoming generally available at the end of November.

The Microsoft Edge apps for iOS and Android aim to make Edge more appealing to use on Windows 10 by making it more convenient to sync the browsing experience across devices.

The app offers Microsoft's 'Continue on PC', which allows users to pass a site, app, photos, and files from a phone to a Windows 10 PC.

Microsoft has also added a roaming passwords feature that allows users to save a password on the phone, which carries across to the PC, as well as a dark theme.

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Microsoft hope easy syncing of browsing across devices will make Edge more appealing to use on Windows 10.

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It's likely to take a while for Edge app downloads to pass the five million milestone on Android, given that the app is only useful for the subset of Windows 10 users who actually use Edge on a PC.

While Windows 10 is now running over 500 million PCs, Edge currently only has a 3.6 percent share of desktops worldwide, according to NetMarketShare.

So anything Microsoft can do to boost appeal of Edge on the PC will be helpful in convincing more users to make the switch, either from Chrome or Internet Explorer 11.

It's also working to expand the number of Edge extensions, which over a year after Microsoft enabled them now numbers 80.

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