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Test out Microsoft Edge before you get Windows 10

Test out Microsoft Edge before you get Windows 10
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If you're a Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox user, or if you're an Internet Explorer holdout, you may be wondering if Microsoft Edge is worth checking out. That's Microsoft's revamped Web browser.

Edge is part of the Windows 10 upgrade we've been telling you about. Windows 10 is an operating system that, for most users, is a vast improvement over Windows 8. Although, we've been warning you about some Windows 10 bugs, and vulnerabilities.

In fact, for that very reason, some people are holding off on downloading Windows 10 until its next upgrade. The idea is: Let other people deal with viruses, bugs and other headaches. "I'll catch up with Windows 10.1."

If you're in that camp, there's a downside to waiting for an upgrade. You can't get the Web browser Microsoft Edge without Windows 10. Or, at least it hasn't been easy to get it.

There's now a pretty cool way to test out Microsoft Edge, or see how your website looks on it without downloading Windows 10. This option comes directly from Microsoft, and it runs on their Windows 10 virtual machines with Microsoft Edge.

Today, Microsoft released a new version of its virtual machines on its Microsoft Edge development site. This one has Edge updates. This version also supports new formats for its virtual machines, including VirtualBox and QEMU.

Want to know more about virtual machines? Kim explains how to set one up here.

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