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Microsoft Edge is coming in the next Preview Build for Windows 10 Fast Insiders, and you should backup your favorites

by AshwinJune 20, 2015

Microsoft Edge is coming in the next Preview Build of Windows 10.

Microsoft-Edge-Logo

The Redmond Company announced the news today, along with some information regarding the requirement for connecting your MSA to your PC running Windows 10 Insider Preview.

The browser was originally announced in a conference in January, where Microsoft also announced that Windows 10 would be a free upgrade for Windows 7 and 8.x users. The new browser in Windows 10, was code-named as Project Spartan.

Project Spartan made its official debut, in Windows 10 Technical Preview Build 10049, which was released at the end of March. Three months later, and users are still using Spartan in Windows 10 Insider Preview Build 10130.

We don’t know when the next Preview Build will be released, but it will finally introduce Microsoft Edge, with the new logo (featured above), which looks very similar to Internet Explorer’s logo.

However the new browser will bring a few changes beyond its rebranding. Microsoft Edge apparently has a new app ID, and as a result all your favorites, cookies, browsing history, and Reading list items from Project Spartan will not be available. Microsoft warns that all these items will be erased when users upgrade to the next preview build.

This makes sense actually, since Project Spartan along with its app ID, will be removed entirely. Naturally all items related to it, will not be available either, to avoid potential conflicts with Edge.

But there is a bit of good news, you can backup your favorites before you upgrade.

How to backup your favorites in Project Spartan:

1. Open the File Explorer.

2. Copy and paste the following text into the address bar, and press enter.

%localappdata%/Packages/Microsoft.Windows.Spartan_cw5n1h2txyewy/AC/Spartan/User/Default/Favorites

3. You will be taken to the folder where Project Spartan’s favorites are stored.

4. Copy them to this folder

%userprofile%/Favorites.

This is actually the Internet Explorer’s favorites folder. You can use this to import your favorites to Microsoft Edge.

How to Import Favorites from Project Spartan to Microsoft Edge.

  1. Open Microsoft Edge.
  2. Go to Settings.
  3. Click on the option which says “Import Favorites”.
  4. Select Internet Explorer, to import the favorites you saved earlier.

It is still not clear if the upcoming version of Microsoft Edge, will include support for browser extensions. Microsoft had earlier said that it would only be rolled out when the final version of Windows 10 is released to all users. Microsoft Edge will support new features that aren’t available in Project Spartan like support for Syncing passwords, tabs, bookmarks, and more.

Windows 10 will be released on July 29th.

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