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The Microsoft Edge Browser Is A Windows 10-Only Feature

Microsoft Edge has no immediate release plans outside of Windows 10.

The software giant recently indicated that it has no current intention of shipping Microsoft Edge, formerly known as ‘Project Spartan,’ on other platforms. Microsoft confirmed the strategy after the announcement.

Interestingly, it’s notable that Microsoft is not working to release Edge on other platforms. The company has pursued an aggressive cross-platform strategy in recent years, shipping even its crown jewels on rival platforms. Microsoft is waging a double war: Rebuild Windows to its former platform heights, while also allowing its software and services compete on other platforms for market and mindshare.

Even while that’s all simple enough, the choice to ship Microsoft Edge for Windows 10 makes sense from a distribution perspective: What sort of marketshare could Edge accrete on OS X, for example, when the OS X install base remains at its current scale? That leaves mobile platforms, where incumbents have a huge advantage in that they can staple on their own browsers before a device it is turned on for the first time.

Microsoft has an advantage in only one place: Windows. Hence, Edge for Windows 10. If Microsoft Edge became the best mobile browser, it might make sense to bring it to Android, but for now, the potential seems modest for such a move.