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Microsoft released last Tuesday (20), the first beta of the new Edge, which adopts the core technology of Google Chrome. To improve the browser and keep it safe from security holes, the company also announced the launch of a program that invites researchers and hackers to search Edge for vulnerabilities. The rewards can reach $ 30,000 (about $ 120,600, in direct convert).

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In a statement, Microsoft said the newly released beta is ready to meet users' needs while waiting for the final browser edition. According to the company, Edge, which is available for Windows and macOS, is already over the milestone of a million downloads.

Beta version of the new Microsoft Edge is now available for download Photo: Divulgao / MicrosoftBeta version of the new Microsoft Edge is now available for download Photo: Divulgao / Microsoft

Beta version of the new Microsoft Edge is now available for download Photo: Divulgao / Microsoft

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The Microsoft Edge Insider Bounty program offers rewards to hackers and researchers who find browser vulnerabilities. The values ​​can reach $ 30,000 (about $ 120,600, in direct conversion), this amount reserved for those who discover high impact bugs.

With the initiative, which complements the Chrome Vulnerability Reward Program, Microsoft wants to anticipate malicious hackers and identify flaws in time to fix them. You can scan for vulnerabilities in any operating system running Edge running Windows 10, Windows 8.1, Windows 7, and even macOS.

Reward programs are common initiatives among technology companies HP, Google and Dropbox have resorted to tactics in recent years. Apple recently provided weaker security iPhones to hackers to find vulnerabilities in the device.

The new Edge has its own extensions page, the Microsoft Edge Insider Addons, and also lets you access other plugin stores based on Chromium's open source architecture, such as the Chrome Web Store. Also new is crawl prevention, a feature designed to prevent unauthorized sites from tracking user information. The browser also offers a new way to customize tabs.

Stable version updates should be released approximately every six weeks, following the frequency of Google Chrome releases.

Via Microsoft and Tech Republic

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