Testing the new Chromium based Edge browser with Silk Test 20.5

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Post by Claus Schabetsberger
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On 15 Jan 2020, Microsoft released a brand new version of their Edge web browser. This is great news for web developers because it is based on Chromium. With that, developers don’t have to worry too much about which feature is available in what browser. If a web site is already being tested with Chromium, it is likely that it will work with the new Edge browser as well. However, in order to make sure it really does, Silk Test is already capable of testing it.

Before the new Edge browser can be used for testing with Silk Test, it is necessary to download the correct WebDriver for the installed browser version. This can be done via the Silk Test Open Agent tray icon, which appears after starting Silk Test. All a user needs to do is to right-click on the tray icon and then click “Show Info Center”.


A web browser will then open up showing a list of installed browsers on the local machine. Silk Test will display a notification if an update for an installed browser version is available.


When clicking the corresponding download button, the correct WebDriver will be downloaded and installed on the local machine. With that, Silk Test is able to record and replay against the new Chromium based Edge.

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Whenever a new browser update will be available in the future, the Info Center can be used for updating the local machine with a single click. A WebDriver update will only be provided if it has been tested successfully with Silk Test. 

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