Microsoft has announced that the company is working on a Microsoft Edge browser version specifically designed for Mac devices with M1. The announcement was made by developers Edge on Twitter last week, just days after Google released its new Chrome version for the M1 Mac line that includes the 13-inch MacBook Pro, 13-inch MacBook Air and the new Mac. mini. The software giant further stated that M1 Mac users can still use Edge through Apple’s Rosetta 2 emulator which was introduced with the next generation of macOS Big Sur. The development also indicates that Microsoft may bring more native apps like Teams or Outlook for new Mac devices with the Apple M1 Silicon chip, in the future however, this is only speculation, and the implementation actual may take longer.
Users can download the Edge browser from the Microsoft Edge website while the native app would eventually arrive on the Mac App Store. Microsoft has yet to share more details on the availability of the M1 Mac-specific Edge browser. Meanwhile, the new Edge v87 is available for users on all channels, and the browser version incorporates the latest security updates from Project Chromium, according to the official changelog. The updated browser fixes 19 bugs with “high” severity and provides improved PDF and printer viewing functionality. Additionally, the update brings the Shopping feature enabled by default. “With Shopping features, Microsoft Edge is helping people find coupons and better prices when shopping online. The coupon experience is available with this update and the price comparison will be published in future updates of Microsoft Edge 87, ”the company said. As mentioned, Edge v87 can run on Apple Mac with M1 processor through Apple Rosetta 2.
As of today, you can run all channels of Microsoft Edge versions 87+ on Apple Silicon through Rosetta2. We’re working on native ARM support for Macs and can’t wait to share more with you! Take a look. 👀 pic.twitter.com/VG3oB6QZEA
– Microsoft Edge Dev (@MSEdgeDev) November 20, 2020
Meanwhile, the Google Chrome v87 designed for Mac M1 is also available for download. The new Chrome for “Mac with Apple Silicon Chip” comes with a slew of updates including a 5x reduction in CPU usage and a 1.25 hour increase in battery life. Notably, Mozilla Firefox confirmed to CNet that the company is also developing the native Firefox browser for Mac M1.