New Chromium Edge Logo

Microsoft revealed the new Chromium based Edge logo a couple of days ago. The official release date for Chromium Edge to the general public will be January 15th, 2020. I think that’s a good time line.

I have been using the insider preview Dev version of Chromium based Edge for several months now. It truly is the best of both worlds with integrated single sign on for Office 365 as well as the ability to utilize plugins from the Google Chrome browser store. Microsoft will be releasing their own plugins into the browser store in the near future as well.

If you use Office 365, Word, Excel or any other Microsoft related services, Chromium Edge is the solution for consolidating all of your intranet and internet surfing into a single browser experience. This also means a single browser to maintain security updates on. Speaking of browser security, make sure Google Chrome is up to date on your endpoints. There is an active exploit in the wild utilizing a known exploit in a previous version of Google Chrome.

The easiest way to tell if you are up to date in Google Chrome is by clicking the three vertical dots in the top right hand corner of Google Chrome next to your profile icon. Then hover your mouse over Help and click “About Google Chrome” in the menu that pops up. If Chrome is out of date, it will automatically try to update it. It’s supposed to do this automatically in the background, but sometimes fails. Chrome’s update system does have a couple of bugs in it.

Opening up the about page triggers a manual update. It will either say it is up to date, apply an update and tell you to relaunch the browser, or come up with an error message that it is not up to date. If the third option happens, you will need to completely uninstall and reinstall Google Chrome to fix the update issue. Once reinstalled, your Google Chrome Profile (bookmarks, plugins, customizations etc) should reappear. Keyword, should. Make sure you are logged into your Google account and have your profile fully sync’d to be on the safe side. That automatically uploads your Chrome profile into the cloud so that whenever you login to your Google account on any Chrome browser, it automatically downloads your profile.

Microsoft Edge has the same capability using a Microsoft account. It works great with a Microsoft Personal account. And here there can be a lot of confusion for end users, as Microsoft has two types of cloud accounts (Google does too, and can get just as confusing in the same scenario). There is what is called a Microsoft Personal account (think Office 365 personal, outlook.com, Windows Live, etc). The Microsoft Personal account is equivalent to a Google GMail account. Anyone can create this type of account.

There is also what is called a Microsoft Work or School account. It typically uses your corporate domain in Office 365 for business, if setup correctly. The problem is that you can unintentionally setup a Microsoft Personal account using your corporate email address that is also a Microsoft Work or School account. You can do the same thing with Gmail, but we encounter it a lot more with Microsoft for whatever reason. Probably because the Microsoft app store insists on using a Microsoft Personal account and will gladly walk you through setting one up by prompting for your email address.

Anyhow, for more information about what’s coming with the new Microsoft Chromium Edge, check out the link below.

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