Microsoft used to not treat other mobile platforms seriously. We have become used to the fact that Office 365 applications (such as the Outlook mail client) have come to our smartphones. However, no one expected that the company from Redmond will prepare versions of Edge browser on iOS and Android. This seemed impossible, as both Internet Explorer and Edge were always strongly integrated with Microsoft’s operating system.
This situation also changes. It turns out that Windows 10 users are very unhappy with the fact that they can not integrate their Edge browser with a smartphone. StatCounter statistics show that only 4.3% of page views on desktop devices come from the Edge browser. This is not much, but the Microsoft’s web browser has its users. Who knows, maybe they will choose to install it on their smartphones.
Microsoft Edge on iOS and Android is just an overlay on system engine rendering pages.
Persons who are concerned about the potential impact of Edge on the operating system of their smartphones may be relieved. Fortunately, Microsoft has not decided to re-invent the wheel and expose the incorrect version of mobile web pages. Edge on iOS uses the WebKit engine, which is forced by Apple. This means that Safari is responsible for generating pages, and Microsoft is preparing the same graphical interface and synchronization engine. In the case of Android, Edge uses the Blink engine from Google, the same one that Chrome uses.
The biggest advantage of the Edge browser on smartphones is that it is possible to move visited webpages between the mobile and the Windows 10 desktop. The Microsoft browser is currently in early preview, but iPhone owners may already install it. Android smartphones owners still have to wait for a preview of the browser, which should soon appear in the Play store.