Microsoft’s upcoming Chromium-based web browser Microsoft Edge may change the consumer agent automatically based mostly on the visited web site.
The new Microsoft Edge web browser relies on Chromium, the identical core that Google Chrome makes use of. It may establish as Chromium due to that and that ought to give it the identical stage of compatibility with web sites and functions as Google Chrome.
Microsoft Edge may additionally establish as Microsoft Edge as an alternative, nevertheless on choose websites. One of the principle motivations for doing so is Edge’s improved help for media streaming websites like Netflix.
Whereas Chrome customers may play Netflix streams in a top quality of as much as 1080p (with some trickery supplied by an extension, the default is 720p), Microsoft Edge basic customers may get pleasure from streams in a top quality as much as 4K.
That’s an enormous distinction and one of many core benefits of Microsoft Edge. The new Chromium-based Edge provides the identical benefit, because it contains Microsoft’s personal DRM resolution for business media streams and Google’s Widevine resolution.
Bleeping Computer reports that the brand new Chromium-based Edge browser downloads a JSON file recurrently from config.edge.skype.com (what’s with that URL, Microsoft?) which matches sure domains to sure consumer brokers.
When an Edge consumer connects to any of the websites talked about within the configuration file, e.g. netflix.com or hbonow.com, Microsoft Edge applies the consumer agent that the JSON file assigned to the positioning. In the case of streaming media websites, it’s figuring out itself because the basic Edge browser:
Mozilla/5.zero (Windows NT 10.zero; Win64; x64) AppleWebKit/537.36 (KHTML, like Gecko) Chrome/64.zero.3282.140 Safari/537.36 Edge/18.17763
For Facebook and Messenger, it identifies as Google Chrome particularly:
Mozilla/5.zero (Windows NT 10.zero; Win64; x64) AppleWebKit/537.36 (KHTML, like Gecko) Chrome/75.zero.3763.zero Safari/537.36
and for many websites, utilizing the default consumer agent:
Mozilla/5.zero (Windows NT 10.zero; Win64; x64) AppleWebKit/537.36 (KHTML, like Gecko) Chrome/75.zero.3763.zero Safari/537.36 Edg/75.zero.131.zero
The JSON file has a bit that overrides publicity of DRM plugins. Edge may limit publicity to one of many supported DRM plugins on choose websites. It does so for CBS, Shudder, TVnow, Bitmovin and Sling presently, and exposes solely Google’s Widevine to those websites.
Why is that executed?
Microsoft has not printed any article or info on Edge’s consumer agent altering capabilities. The most certainly explanations are compatibility and performance. Microsoft picks the basic Edge browser to unlock top quality streams on sure media streaming websites, Google Chrome when the consumer agent provides benefits, and the default consumer agent of the browser on nearly all of websites on the market.
User Agent switching is one other advantage that Microsoft Edge has over Google Chrome.
Now You: Have you tried the brand new Edge? Did you prefer it?