In the world of internet where there are already web browsers running successfully, for a relatively new web browser like Microsoft Edge trying to tap into the competitive market can be a daunting task. Microsoft’s decision of upgrading from Internet Explorer to Microsoft Edge is similar to going from coach to business class. And undoubtedly, despite being pre-installed in Windows 10, Edge has struggled really hard to find a seat for itself alongside other top-notch web browsers in the industry. Competing with the likes of Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox has not been an easy task for Edge. However, Microsoft did learn the lesson a hard way and has managed to bring forth a new, lightweight web browser in the shape of Edge so it could maintain a spot for itself in the competitive market. Let’s take a look at Microsoft’s all-new web browser.
Developed by Microsoft, Microsoft Edge is a web browser which was designed as the replacement for Internet Explorer for the Windows 10. Now, Microsoft Edge is considered as the default web browser for the Windows 10 and works on devices including Windows 10 Mobile and Xbox One.
The purpose of developing Microsoft Edge was to offer a more lightweight web browser having layout engine built around the web standards. This web browser is equipped with a plethora of new features including annotation tools, integration with Cortana as well as a reading mode.
What’s Best About Edge?
There’s no doubt about the fact that Chrome is considered as the king of web browsers but let us tell you that Edge is not shabby either. In fact, when Microsoft claimed that it’s a lightweight web browser then they really meant it. Edge feels light and quick. The browser opens rapidly, loads pages quickly and allows you to scroll up and down without any interruption. It comes with a longer battery life and according to Microsoft, it can last up to 77% longer than Firefox and 35% longer than Chrome. Let us add that your search results highly depend on what activity you’re using the web browser for.
Edge completely believes in organizing tabs on the web, hence an advanced tab organization has been supported in this web browser. Offering easy tools for previewing, grouping, and saving web page tabs, Edge allows you to quickly find, organize, and open tabs you had set aside without leaving the page you are on at a particular point in time. Though Firefox did allow users to save multiple pages under a single bookmark for many years, Edge makes your tab organization much smoother.
Moving towards the entertainment side, Edge has also proved itself in this department. For a long time, Chrome has remained the go-to for streaming online videos from PC to a nearby TV but Edge has literally overshadowed the latter by allowing videos to be streamed not only on a TV but also on the Chromecast, Fire TV, and Roku devices. However, keep in mind that unlike Chrome, Edge cannot send an entire tab to your TV’s screen.
It’s true that Microsoft took a painfully long time to introduce add-ons in its web browser. But we’re glad that users can now enjoy the browser add-ons in Edge. They can plug in extensions to manage their passwords, block ads on websites they don’t want to support and help protect their web browser from the online hackers. Despite having a low range of add-ons compared to Firefox and Chrome, Edge does manage to have the most popular options including Pinterest, Reddit Enhancement Suite, LastPass, and Evernote.
What’s the Downside?
So far, we have discussed the plus points of Edge. Let’s take a look at its downside now. An ideal web browser would be capable of syncing your web browsing history, bookmarks, and also open tabs across all your electronic devices. Regrettably, Edge doesn’t have this capability unless you use Windows 10 on a mobile device. Another possible downside of Edge could be its restricted add-on support. Even after being in the market for over two years, Edge has only 31 extensions to offer its users. Users do get most important functions as discussed above but the diversity of options within those categories is quite narrow compared to the likes of Firefox and Chrome.
Best at Blocking Malware
Keeping the downsides of Microsoft Edge aside, let us highlight one of the most important characteristics of this web browser – it is regarded as the best at blocking malware and phishing attacks. In a recent research conducted and published by NSS Labs, a security analysis firm, it has been found out that Microsoft Edge offers the maximum protection against online threats and is better at detecting new phishing URLs compared to Chrome and Firefox. Therefore, users who are concerned about their online privacy, they should definitely move over Chrome and Firefox and switch to Edge as soon as possible.
Microsoft Launches Two New Apps
When Edge was first launched, it was only made available for the PC platforms. Just recently, Microsoft has launched two news apps – the Microsoft Edge for both Android and iOS platforms and Microsoft Launcher for Android. Microsoft Edge for Android and iOS contains the similar features including your Reading List, Favorites, New Tab Page and Reading View across your phone and PC. No matter which device you’re using, you can take your web browsing with you wherever you go. The remarkable feature of Microsoft Launcher app is that it will allow you to continue the work on your PC or laptop which you had been doing on your mobile device. You may also save it to work on the same task later. The same– ‘continue on PC’ feature is also found in the Microsoft Edge for Android/iOS.
With the launch of these two apps, Microsoft is doing every effort to bridge the gap between PC and mobile. Evidently, Microsoft Edge has really come a long way. We can surely anticipate much more to come from Edge in the near future. Until then it wouldn’t be wrong to say that Edge does have the capability to become the next best web browser. Let’s wait and watch.