Microsoft has made improvements to Edge browser

Jul 3, 2021, 5:45 AM
(Twitter Photo/Microsoft Edge)...
(Twitter Photo/Microsoft Edge)
(Twitter Photo/Microsoft Edge)

Q: Should I consider using Microsoft Edge as my browser?

A: There was a time when there wasn’t much to think about when it came to browsing the Internet. Windows users defaulted to Internet Explorer and Mac users used Safari.

What was initially a simple utility became the gateway to users for the huge tech firms, which is why they spent so much time and money developing alternative browsers.

Just about everything you do online starts by opening a browser, which means whichever one you choose provides that company with the opportunity to monetize your usage.

Your behaviors and activities are extremely valuable to these companies, as we have all come to learn.

In Microsoft’s case, if they can get you to use their browser, they might be able to get you to start using their search engine Bing as well.

Microsoft browsers

Internet Explorer held an 80%-90% market share from 2000 to 2008 until the emergence of Firefox as a credible alternative started cutting into their dominance.

Google released its Chrome browser in late 2008 and also began to chip away at Microsoft’s lead and actually overtook Internet Explorer as the most popular by 2012.

By this time, the Internet had changed drastically and the code used to write Internet Explorer was old, slow and full of security issues.

In order to be relevant, Microsoft began developing a completely new browser called Edge, which they launched in 2015.

The initial reviews of the browser showed much better performance than Internet Explorer, but it suffered from some compatibility issues and lacked all of the user features that made Chrome and Firefox so popular.

In 2019, Microsoft decided to rebuild Edge on the open-source Chromium platform, which would improve its compatibility and extend its availability to macOS, Android and iOS users.

They released the new Edge browser in January of 2020 which allowed it to use the huge library of add-ons already developed for other popular Chromium-based browsers like Chrome and Opera.

Unique features

In order to coax new users to give it a try, Microsoft has developed some interesting features such as vertical tabs, sidebar search, web capture, smart copy and comprehensive tracking prevention options.

Tabs have become such a power option in all browsers, but Edge allows you to use them vertically, which is really useful.

The problem with opening a lot of tabs is that each one uses a chunk of your working memory. If you open too many, your browser performance can suffer. Edge now includes a memory saving feature that can put tabs that aren’t being used to sleep.

If you do a lot of online research, their Collections tool will make organizing lots of different online resources very efficient.

The immersive reader mode allows you to strip out all of the distractions when you simply want to read an article online.

In the most recent performance tests, the new Edge faired well in memory usage, speed and compatibility, so some of the legacy issues with Microsoft browsers have been solved.

If you’re using Windows 10, you most likely already have the latest version of Edge so it’s easy to give it a try.

If you want to try it on older versions of Windows, macOS, iOS or Android, you can download them here.

Data Doctors

Ken Colburn, Data Doctors

Here are some tips on how to speed up slow starting computers

Here are some ways you can identify and solve potential issues that may be causing your computer to start up slower than normal.
3 days ago
(AP Photo/Jenny Kane, File)...
Data Doctors

An explanation of how new credit cards have information stolen

If you've ever wondered how people can crack a new credit card, here's a rundown and a brief explanation on what thieves could be doing.
10 days ago
(Pexels Photo)...
Ken Colburn, Data Doctors

Here are the differences between Google Chrome and Microsoft Edge

Half of the United States uses Google Chrome as a default browser, but here are the key differences between Chrome and Microsoft Edge.
17 days ago
(Pexels Photo)...
Data Doctors

Tips on how and when to use the iPhone screen recording feature

Here are some tips on when and how to use the the screen recording feature located on the dropdown bar on your iPhone.
24 days ago
In this photo illustration a spam 'Phishing' email is displayed on a laptop screen on March 21,2022...
Data Doctors

Tips and tools to detect and avoid computer phishing scams

Far and away, the method of choice for compromising users is through sophisticated phishing messages in email, via text messaging and through social media accounts.
29 days ago
(Pexels Photo)...
Data Doctors

Tips for helping the elderly spot and avoid phishing emails

Here are things you should look out for and avoid if you are helping someone detect phishing emails on their mobile devices.
1 month ago

Sponsored Articles

Quantum Fiber

How high-speed fiber internet edges out cable for everyday use

In a world where technology drives so much of our daily lives, a lack of high-speed internet can be a major issue.
Day & Night Air Conditioning, Heating and Plumbing

Prep the plumbing in your home just in time for the holidays

With the holidays approaching, it's important to know when your home is in need of heating and plumbing updates before more guests start to come around.
Quantum Fiber

How high-speed fiber internet can improve everyday life

Quantum Fiber supplies unlimited data with speeds up to 940 mbps, enough to share 4K videos with coworkers 20 times faster than a cable.
Microsoft has made improvements to Edge browser