Recently Microsoft surged ahead to adopt our favorite Microsoft 365 desktop-apps for the Apple Silicon-platform. Now, Microsoft Edge enqueues as well in its latest official and stable release.
Numbered as version 88.0.705.56, Microsoft’s Chromium-based new Edge-browser is now ready to embark on M1-Macs without the need for emulation via Rosetta 2. While Remond has started the process of transition a couple of weeks ago, the company has recently announced that Edge left this state, turning to its final shape:
Once you try to download the browser for your Mac, you will be prompted to choose wether to go with „Mac with Intel Chip“ (most common) or „Mac with Apple Chip“ to get the best-tailored browsing experience with Microsoft Edge.
Choosing the „Mac with Apple Chip“-option, users of the new late 2020 MacBook Air, Pro or Mac mini can run the browser natively without the need of emulating it via the Rosetta 2-engine which helps to run Intel-based code on the new Apple Silicon-devices.
Personally I went with the beta so far and after Microsoft Update has automatically switched to the final version, Edge runs still as snappy as expected, giving you the fast Chromium-based browsing experience for your M1-Macs with the decent touch on privacy-focused features as Microsoft states.
After Outlook, Word, Excel, PowerPoint and OneNote have already made its turnover to Apple Silicon, Microsoft should now take care of the remaining apps, amongst them surely Microsoft Teams or the OneDrive-client, some of our daily apps which still reside in the „Intel“-only-state so far!