Microsoft Edge 103 Now The Optimal Browser For Gamers

After Google Chrome version 103, it is now time to update your Microsoft Edge browser as well. Microsoft has published an update for Edge which brings it to build 103.0.1264.37. This update fixes a total of 12 security vulnerabilities, out of which 10 are shared between all Chromium-based browsers.

Not only that, but it also brings along some new performance and feature updates that we think our gaming community would appreciate.

Release Summary

  • Complete Release Build: 103.0.1264.37
  • Release Date: Thursday, June 23rd, 2022
  • Compatibility: Windows 1110, 8.1, 7 (32-bit and 64-bit), Mac, Linux, iOS, and Android.
  • Previous BuildEdge 102

What’s New in Microsoft Edge 103

Several new features have been added to the Edge browser in this release, most of which are focused on the gamers as Microsoft wanted to make Edge the one-stop solution for web gaming.

We’re building a platform for the next 20 years that offers the games players want on any device they want to play. Our teams throughout the company are continuing to collaborate to deliver awesome gaming experiences across devices, whether you like to play on your Xbox console, Windows PC, phone or tablet.


Homepage for Gaming

Microsoft has developed a dedicated gaming home page for people who are interested in esports. This page displays a personalized news feed and other information, such as live streams, game highlights, tournaments, and upcoming and newly released games.

Dedicated home page for gaming
Dedicated homepage for gaming

If you are signed into Edge using your Xbox account and have an Xbox Game Pass ultimate membership, then you can even start playing your favorite games using Xbox Cloud Gaming right within the Edge browser.

Games Menu

Now you also get quick, one-click access to casual games, such as Solitaire, Jewel, etc. absolutely free!

Microsoft has also launched a dedicated games menu which is integrated right into the sidebar. Here, you can play the legacy and classic games for free.

Games menu in Edge
Games menu in Edge

Clarity Boost

Clarity boost is a feature in Edge that enhances the graphics quality of even the high-end games using a set of client-side scaling improvements. It makes the graphics more realistic and crispier.

Clarity boost can be enabled or disabled in-game with Xbox Cloud gaming, bringing more life to the game itself. To toggle the feature, open the menu by clicking on the ellipses (3 dots) in the top-left corner of the browser.

Note that this feature will only work if you are using a Windows 11 or Windows 10 operating system.

Before and after enabling clarity boost. Source: Microsoft

Efficiency Mode

Microsoft has introduced a new “Efficiency Mode” in the Edge browser. Unlike the Efficiency Mode in the Task Manager, enabling this mode enhances your system’s performance to give you the best experience while gaming.

When the feature is enabled, you will experience much faster and smoother gameplay. When you are done playing, closing the game will automatically restore the default settings.

Furthermore, you can also control when this mode is enabled so that you do not drain your battery if you’re using a laptop.

To enable/disable Efficiency Mode , navigate to the following:

Microsoft Edge Settings

 >> System and performance

Here, choose the option best suited for your gaming pattern from the drop-down menu in front of “Turn on efficiency mode when.”

Manager efficiency mode
Manage efficiency mode

Download Microsoft Edge 103

If you already have Microsoft Edge on your PC, you can simply upgrade it to the latest build using the guide given further down below. If not, use the links given in the next section to install it now.

Microsoft Edge comes preinstalled in Windows 11 and 10. Learn how to uninstall Microsoft Edge.

  1. Click on the ellipses in the top-right corner of the browser, expand Help and feedback, and then click About Microsoft Edge.

    About Microsoft Edge
    About Microsoft Edge
  2. Edge will now begin to scan for an update, and then download and install it if one is available. Once the download is completed, you will need to Restart the browser.

    Restart Edge 1
    Restart Edge

Once it relaunches, you can return to the About page and check that it has been updated to version 103.0.1264.37.

Updated 11
Edge successfully updated

Download Edge 103 Installers

If you want to use Edge 103 on any operating system other than Windows 11 and 10, like Windows 7, Windows 8.1, Linux, MacOS, iOS, and Android, you will need to download its offline installers.

You can download the latest Microsoft Edge installers (including stable, beta, and dev releases) from this link. You can also download the browser in your preferred language, using the tips given on the above-mentioned page.

Use Portable Edge Chromium Updater

If you are using Edge’s portable version, it will not update on its own. For that, a small tool known as Portable Edge Updater is available on GitHub, which allows you to install or update the existing Microsoft Edge Chromium to the latest build available. You can also use this tool to download the x64 and x86 versions from all channels, including the stable channel and the 3 channels from Edge Insider.

Download the tool by opening the Portable Edge GitHub page and then clicking on the link provided by Portable.Edge.Chromium.Updater….7z.

Download Portable Edge Updater
Download Portable Edge Updater

The tool is then downloaded. Extract it and then run the .exe file. Inside the tool, click on the channel and bit architecture you want to download (the versions are also mentioned). In this case, we will download Edge version 103 from the stable channel.

Download Microsoft Edge 103 Portable
Download Microsoft Edge 103 Portable

The browser will then begin to update (or download). Once done, you can check if the Microsoft Edge Chromium portable 100 is now available on your device.

Microsoft Edge Update History

Edge VersionRelease DateFeatures & improvements
Edge 12223-Feb-24Addresses 11 vulnerabilities, fixes hiding the sidebar button in the top menu, rebrands “Web capture” to “Screenshot”
Edge 12125-Jan-24Addresses 6 vulnerabilities, organizational branding policies in Edge for Business, added AVIF and AV1 support, e-tree in Wallets, new website typo protection policies
Edge 1207-Dec-23Addresses 8 vulnerabilities, introduces new policies, no new features
Edge 1192-Nov-23Addresses 16 vulnerabilities, improves split-screen restore, ability to manage sidebar app auto-launch, “Always show sidebar” option placed under Copilot settings
Edge 11813-Oct-23Addresses 15 vulnerabilities, and introduces AI-powered Find on Page.
Edge 11715-Sep-23Addresses 14 vulnerabilities, includes More Tools deprecations and unload event deprecation, includes support for Microsoft Edge for Business for BYOPC via Intune.
Edge 11621-Aug-23Addresses 23 vulnerabilities, introduces split screen, ability to drop files across devices, and ability to attach Edge sidebar to desktop.
Edge 11521-Jul-23Microsoft Edge management service, rounded tabs, mouse gestures, split screen view.
Edge 1135-May-23Basic Enhanced Security Mode was removed, shifted to EdgeUpdater on macOS, and introduced new policies, addresses 2 security vulnerabilities.
Edge 1126-Apr-23Introduced Browser Essentials in place of the Performance Hub, improvements to enhanced security mode and some policies.
Edge 11113-Mar-23Bing copilot in the toolbar, auto-hiding sidebar, hover over the sidebar to expand, and policy to clear IE mode history on browser exit.
Edge 1109-Feb-23Introduces Immersive Reader policies, Azure Active Directory synchronization, Drop feature to share files, and several security updates.
Edge 10913-Jan-2314 security updates, 8 new policies, and 2 deprecated policies.
Edge 1085-Dec-22Important security fixes, a new policy to disable Web Select amongst others.
Edge 10727-Oct-22Improved sidebar, new policies, and security fixes.
Edge 1063-Oct-22Improved web defense and increased the maximum number of search results to 4
Edge 1052-Sep-22Improvements to IE mode and enhanced security
Edge 1045-Aug-22Support to import data and enhanced security on the web
Edge 10323-Jun-22Improvements for online and web gaming
Edge 10231-May-22With reverse image search and security improvements
Edge 1001-Apr-22Sends 3-digit user agent string, PDF updates, and hardware-enforces stack protection
Edge 993-Mar-22Custom primary password and PDF navigation
Edge 984-Feb-22Edge Bar, reduced resource consumption
Edge 976-Jan-22Auto-citation, endpoint data loss prevention (DLP)
Edge 9610-Dec-21Super duper secure mode, typosquatting
Edge 9015-Apr-21SSO, PDF printing
Edge 894-Mar-21Vertical Tabs, Sleeping Tabs, Startup Boost
Edge 8821-Jan-21Password generator, transparent privacy controls
Microsoft Edge history

Final Thoughts

Even though Google Chrome and Microsoft Edge are both Chromium-based, it seems like Edge is taking the lead in terms of performance and optimization. With the new features introduced in Edge 103, we believe that it will eventually become the hub for web gamers unless the competition makes some drastic changes to their web browsers.

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Subhan Zafar is an established IT professional with interests in Windows and Server infrastructure testing and research, and is currently working with Itechtics as a research consultant. He has studied Electrical Engineering and is also certified by Huawei (HCNA & HCNP Routing and Switching).

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