Microsoft is pushing to get as many of its customers as possible to transition over to Windows 10, but that doesn't mean that the company is leaving consumers and business on legacy operating systems completely behind. Last week, the company made the surprise announcement that it was making the new Chromium-based Microsoft Edge browser available in preview builds via the Canary channel to Windows 7, Windows 8, and Windows 8.1 users.
Microsoft yesterday announced that the Edge preview is now available for Windows 7 and Windows 8.x on the less frequently updated Dev channel. Microsoft typically reserves its best and brightest software releases for Windows 10. And by giving these legacy customers access to Microsoft Edge, it could offer less of an incentive to upgrade to Windows 10.
However, Microsoft sees things differently when it comes to spreading the love with Edge. "Delivering the next version of Microsoft Edge to all supported versions of Windows is part of our goal to improve the web browsing experience for our customers on every device, and to empower developers to build great experiences with less fragmentation," wrote the Microsoft Edge Team. "Microsoft Edge will have the same always up-to-date platform and the same developer tools on all supported versions of Windows and macOS. This will reduce developer pain on the web, while ensuring all Windows customers have the latest browsing options."
As always, Microsoft is hoping to get your opinion on how the Edge preview is functioning on your system and is asking for you to hit the "Send Feedback" button in order to give your two cents.
In addition to the recent availability for Windows 7 and Windows 8.x, Microsoft has also delivered the completely redesigned version of Edge to Windows 10 and macOS. There are also rumors that Microsoft could bring the browser to Linux at some point.