For the first time since 2003, Microsoft will have a browser for Mac. Microsoft Edge, as part of a larger rebuild program for the browser, will be coming to MacOS in early 2019 as a preview. A larger rollout will happen later in 2019.
Microsoft’s Internet Explorer was last updated in 2003 and was offered for Mac’s from 1997 to 2003. That year, Apple introduced Safari as part of OS X Panther, effectively killing the browser.
The news came in the midst of a larger announcement around Microsoft Edge itself. The Redmond, Washington tech giant is rebuilding the browser and basing it on the open source Chromium rendering engine. That engine is the same one that Google uses for Google Chrome on MacOS.
Edge replaced Internet Explorer as Microsoft’s web browser when Windows 10 was released in July 2015. The browser on the Windows platform as gone through numerous iterations and updates. Microsoft also released a version of Edge for iOS and Android.