A source claims that that Microsoft will be releasing the Microsoft Edge browser on mobile devices. by the end of the year. If true, the browser will be joining an already saturated mobile browser market, with Safari, Chrome, Firefox, and countless other browsers available on various app stores.
FrAndroid reports that the whole Bing experience – search, full page translation and account management – is expected to be available on Edge. As many websites and services are already using Bing’s services, this may be a good thing. That said, Edge on mobile will have to use the WebKit rendering engine, which is based on Safari.
An advantage of having Edge on mobile is continuity, as bookmarks and history can be transferred over from desktop to mobile. However, this is nothing new for browsers like Chrome and Firefox.
Microsoft originally introduced Edge as a replacement for the much derided Internet Explorer on Windows 10. As a browser, it has shown significant improvements over its predecessor; although the stigma of being associated with IE has caused the adoption rate to suffer. This is unlikely to change in the mobile space, but we can’t fault Microsoft for sticking to its plan to port as many of its services as possible to both Android and iOS.