Taking over where Internet Explorer (IE) left off, Microsoft Edge is the browser created for Windows 10. Following more than 20 years or so of IE being part of Windows operating systems, this new browser is way more efficient and delightfully compact.
Microsoft Edge comes designed for Web services and built to Web standards. Exclusively for Windows users, Edge is fast creating an impressive reputation for itself.
Key features include:
- Public and private browsing.
- Speedier page rendering.
- Intuitive interface.
- Social media integration.
- Resource consumption reduced.
- Better optimisation.
- Security features.
- Learning/ reading tools.
- Personal virtual assistant (Cortana).
- Ability to write or draw on web pages.
- Supports add-ons like Chrome and Firefox.
Asymmetric cryptography and Microsoft Passport are just some of the vast security features packed into Edge. Phishing and social engineering attempts can therefore be thwarted. Meanwhile add-ons, like Firefox and Chrome, can also be supported.
This upgrade has seen Microsoft ditch Active-X support, as it attempts to make the browser as light as possible. In fact, in development it is said that Edge was referred to as ‘Spartan’ – a nod to its ‘lightweight structure’.
’Tab chaos’ can be a thing of the past, thanks to Edge. It provides easy tools to preview, group and save tabs. This means you can quickly find, manage and open tabs you set aside, without leaving the page you’re on.
Overall, Microsoft set out to make sure Edge delivered better performance, battery life and security – it’s fair to say this was a big success! Thanks to built-in features, it will also help you to stay organised, save time and help you focus.