Using Windows 10 with an Android is about to get a lot easier, as Microsoft is bringing its Edge web browser to those phones starting today.In a surprise announcement, Microsoft said its Edge web browser is now available for iPhones, with a release for Android “in the coming weeks.”
The initial rollout for the browser will be limited to those in the U.S. but should expand to other markets over time. Currently, the browser is in preview only as Microsoft begins to build out features based on user feedback. The same goes for tablet support on both OSes, which should come later.
Edge for Android and ‘Continue on PC’
Microsoft’s main goal with the Edge browser for Android users is to make sharing documents easier and help you pick up where you left off when using Windows 10.
Part of the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update feature set is the ability for consumers to pass a link to the “Continue on PC” share target. While that feature works, it is hard to find and not very intuitive.
How to use ‘Continue on PC’ for Android in Windows 10 Fall Creators Update
The Edge browser for Android, however, makes Continue on PC a prime feature with a prominent share icon near the bottom of the browser. Users can just tap to continue the experience on their Windows 10 PCs, or save it for later.
Other features in the Windows 10 version of Edge are also present, including:
Website favorites sync.
Reading list sync.
eBook and ePub support, including sync of purchased content from Windows Store. (Coming soon.)
Password sync. (Coming soon.)
Joe Belfiore, corporate vice president of Microsoft’s Windows and Devices Group, told us that there are no immediate plans for browser extensions, but like many future feature updates, future direction will be partially determined by user feedback and requests.
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