Things you should know about Microsoft Edge Browser

The article gives readers an overview of Microsoft's new Edge Browser. Apart from shedding light on the development of Edge, the article provides a comparison with contemporary browsers and shows why it is considered to Microsoft's trump card to re-establish its place in the web browser domain.

Edge is the brand new web browser from Microsoft. It was previously codenamed as Project Spartan and has been made available on a trial basis in Windows 10 under that name. It has been designed as a successor to Internet Explorer. In this white paper, we discuss the basic features of the new browser, how it stands out from the Internet Explorer and how it could potentially gain the edge over its contemporaries.

Why a new browser now

  • Regardless of all the jokes and ridicule that Internet Explorer has been subjected to over the past half decade or so, it remains a fact that Internet Explorer was recognized as the primary gateway to the internet by a major chunk of the human population for a very long time. In recent times, Explorer has been under the scanner for all the wrong reasons
  • The Microsoft Edge Browser is the culmination of Microsoft's ambitions to regain its lost glory and give other leading contemporary browsers a run for their money. They have even redesigned the logo as part of the makeover. The new logo retains the basic "e" concept mainly because it wanted to connect to people who still view the old Explorer logo as a vehicle to the internet. The logo is a chipped up modern version of the old one.
  • The new browser will replace Internet Explorer as the default browser on all devices that run Windows 10. This includes mobile devices like smart phones and tablets and laptops and hybrids.
  • Microsoft Edge isn't causing ripples across tech circles just because it finally sounds the death knell for Explorer, but because it actually has some pretty modern features that make it a superior browsing experience for the end user.

How is the Microsoft Edge Browser different from Internet Explorer

Cortana Support

Cortana is Microsoft's virtual personal assistant, which is now available in Windows 10. It has been integrated into the browser. Cortana will be seen as a blue circle in the browser's toolbar and will provide necessary information whenever required. For example, it may appear when you're scouting website for information on, let's say, restaurants, their working hours, and assistance in making a reservation. Cortana will provide information based on your browsing trends and you can even ask her to provide more detailed information on a specific word or phrase.

Personalize Your Web Experience

Microsoft Edge Browser lets you personalize your web experience and has a built-in feature that makes it stand out from not just Internet Explorer, but other contemporary browsers as well. This feature is the ability to doodle on web pages, annotate them, and share notes on them with other users. What this essentially means is that you can actually mark out a picture or article and make notes around them without ever needing a printer. The annotations are saved on your disk or the cloud as you prefer and you can share your annotations. Edge also supports stylus and other touch screen hardware.


Extensions are not something new to the modern web user. Other popular browsers like Firefox and Chrome have been using them heavily for some time now. However, Edge takes the game to another level due to the fact that it's leaving no stone unturned to bring in Windows users who are hooked on to extensions that have been in use through other browsers.

How does the edge hold up against other contemporary browsers

  • The Edge is definitely a path breaker in many ways. It has a modern and stark interface that is designed to work smoothly and seamlessly across various devices. Microsoft claims Edge is the "browser for the next twenty years."
  • There have been queries on whether different versions of Edge will be introduced for Mac, iOS and Android; however, Microsoft has stated that there are currently no plans to do so.
  • You don't have to worry about updates or downloading new versions every other day. Microsoft Edge Browser will be kept up to speed through Windows Update.
  • Edge raises the game when it comes to the Tab experience. The tab home page is exquisitely rich and suave. It brings in elements of Bing search along with other leading website titles and customized content that somehow brings to memory what iGoogle and Yahoo had going for their web portals.

The final verdict

The word is out. It looks like the Microsoft Edge Browser will certainly restore lost glory to the Microsoft stable after years of slandering from inside and outside tech circles against the Internet Explorer. The Edge is definitely has the punch to make it a default web browser. It has been designed for the modern web user and raises the game by making the web experience personalized, efficient, and fun for the average user.

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Author: Timmappa Kamat06 Jul 2015 Member Level: Gold   Points : 3

Well, Google has been enjoying some sort of monopoly in the browser space for some time now with its Chrome browser. They have made all others including Opera and Firefox also competitive in terms of usability, updates and faster interface. It will take much effort on the part of Microsoft to wean away the user base of Chrome to its fold. We can only hope that Microsoft will take all steps to attract the user's of other browsers especially Chrome. A good tab experience, Cortana support and the assured extensions is a welcome gesture in this direction. Let us see how the new browser fares.

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