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Microsoft takes struggling Edge browser to iOS, Android

Microsoft on Thursday announced that it had created iOS and Android versions of its struggling Edge browser, and would make both available to users for testing.

The company cast the Edge variations as critical to flesh out the Windows 10 feature known as “Continue on PC,” which will debut with the Fall Creators Update, aka 1709 upgrade, set to begin shipping Oct. 17. The feature links a specific phone – or tablet – to a Windows 10 personal computer, then automatically hands off certain in-progress tasks, such as a half-finished Office document opened in a browser, from one device to the other.

“What makes Microsoft Edge [on iOS or Android] really stand out is the ability to continue on your PC, which enables you to immediately open the page you’re looking at right on your PC – or save it to work on later,” Joe Belfiore, a Microsoft executive, wrote in a post to a company blog.

Continue on PC roughly resembles the “Handoff” feature – and more generally, something called “Continuity” – that Apple introduced in 2014 with OS X Yosemite on Macs and iOS 8 on iPhones and iPads.

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