Microsoft is hurtling toward the release of Windows 10, pushing out Build 10158 on Monday to early testers. The new build provides yet more clues as to what the OS will look like when it ships at the end of next month.
One of the biggest changes involves Microsoft Edge, the company’s replacement for Internet Explorer. Microsoft announced the browser’s name at its Build developer conference last month. Today’s update finally shows off the new Edge branding ahead of its public launch with Windows 10. As seen in leaked builds, it’s a blue “e” very similar to the one used for Internet Explorer.
Running on the desktop, Edge now has a black theme that matches the Windows 10 taskbar, along with new menus for sharing content. The browser now supports filling in forms and password fields, bringing it closer to other modern browsers, including its predecessor. Users can also customize Edge’s New Tab page to display only their most visited sites, or their most visited sites along with suggested content that may interest them.
Like the launch of Edge’s branding on Windows 10 Mobile, this update brings a new app ID to the browser, which means that testers will lose their favorites, cookies, history and Reading List items from Project Spartan after the upgrade. Microsoft has instructions for backing up that data, for people who want to maintain continuity in their browsing experience.