Edge – Microsoft’s new browser

Microsoft edge windows 10

Microsoft has finally lifted the wraps off of Project Spartan to give us a new browser for Windows 10. They are calling it Edge, and it looks amazing!

Every time I set up a new computer, the first thing I download is Chrome, and I am sure a lot of you do the same too. Internet Explorer, in my opinion, is/was a piece of bloatware hogging my computer memory for no good reason.

When the IE made its debut on PCs, it was, as Microsoft likes to put it, a window into the world. Then came Mozilla and Google with their fast browsers with flat UIs, efficient bookmarking styles, loads of customization and personalization options, and the IE could just not evolve and stay fresh. It was soon forgotten by the masses.

I could go on rambling about how and why the IE went out of demand but let us focus on Microsoft’s redemption, Edge.

What do we know about the Edge?

Not a lot has been released about the browser so far, but from the preview video and Microsoft’s official website the browser looks great. It seems to be hitting all the right spots concerning UI, design and intuitive browsing.

  • It is going to be released as the default browser on Windows 10

  • Has a logo that is eerily similar to that of the IE (Why would you do that Microsoft?)

  • Allows you to import all your favorite plug-ins and extensions from Chrome and Firefox.

  • Works in integration with Cortana (Microsoft’s virtual assistant; think Siri for Windows) that makes it the only browser that works in sync with all your activities not just on the browser (as is the case with Chrome and Firefox) but your entire computer.
    What that essentially means is that Cortana, being an intelligent VA, keeps track of your likes/dislikes, gets more information about you from your FB profile (if you think that is creepy, you can just switch it off). So it can use all that data to give a more enriched browsing experience.

  • Reading List – that lets you add stuff to it so that you can access it later/on the go.

  • Webpage doodling.

Although IE is going to remain on Windows for enterprise users, you can just completely ignore it and use Edge. What we don’t know yet is how the final build of Edge will perform when Windows 10 is released. It looks promising. And given the amount of work that Microsoft seems to be putting into making Windows 10 the best Windows they have ever made; Edge might just rise in competition to Chrome and Firefox.

 

 


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