Is Microsoft Edge in The Race of Top Browsers?
The first web browser I explored was Microsoft Internet Explorer, which was almost like 25 years ago. There might have been other web browsers available at that time however, I was only aware of Microsoft Internet Explorer as it was at its peak.
What happened in these recent years? Why Microsoft is struggling to keep its existence in terms of web browsers? There are hundreds of web browsers, though the top competitors to Microsoft Edge are Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Opera web Browser, Safari Web Browser, Brave Browser, Vivaldi Browser, Internet Explorer, Slimjet Browser, Maxthon, Slimbrowser, Netscape Browser, UC Browser.
Here in this article, I am only going to compare Google Chrome browser & Microsoft Edge browsers and authenticate why Edge Browser can get me to dump Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox Web Browsers. What made Microsoft Edge so strong now?
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Rise and Fall of Google Chrome Browser
I stopped using Mozilla Firefox and Safari browsers for the Google Chrome browser as it grabbed my interest so dense with its features that I couldn’t resist. Like millions of Google Chrome fans, I also got comfortable with Google Chrome browser over all other web browsers for its performance, sleek design, and ease of access with the Gmail account. It has too many features to overcome for other browsers.
I continued to research other web browsers and also kept an eye on major updates of top web browsers but Google Chrome was just too good to abandon. When Microsoft Edge released its new updates, it grabbed my attention and after hours of testing, I finally thought that’s what I was looking for! Finally, Microsoft was able to nail it with Edge Browser and I started giving it a thought to switch back to Microsoft Edge. What got me into it? That’s what we are going to reveal over here.
Microsoft Edge Chromium Based Beta
Microsoft recently launched its first Chromium-based Edge browser for Windows and Mac users. This new version will be powered with new updates every six weeks and will be a part of existing canary and dev channels for daily and weekly updates to be powered.
Microsoft has gathered around 140,000 feedbacks in the last couple of months and worked on the same to get an entirely new version of Microsoft Edge. The company now has got the pulse of users and knows well what they want and how well Edge works on a wide range of machines. Microsoft is listening to web developers, enthusiasts, and business users to experiment with these updates.
- Share functionality is now available on Microsoft Edge.
- Microsoft has added a button a Favorites Button on the address bar to access favorites.
- Microsoft Edge has a built-in enabled ad blocker to bard abusive adds. It’s a Chromium feature.
- Microsoft has enabled a new function of caret browsing in IE mode windows.
- Microsoft Edge has added a policy to use separate site lists.
“Caret Browsing is a Firefox feature that allows you to navigate within a page just like a Word document in MS Word.”
Microsoft has also removed below mentioned features.
- The default theme alert in the F12 Dev Tools has also been dissolved.
- Chromium-based Edge will not show you an annoying prompt that asks you to restart Edge to install any updates.
- Zoom Function and other context menu items have been disabled from the menu in Reading View.
- Microsoft has also removed the profile sign-in button from Application Guard windows.
Microsoft Edge was using EdgeHTML, which was used in the older version of the Internet Explorer rendering engine. Though EdgeHTML got rid of a lot of its legacy problems and works faster as well, Microsoft has now switched to Microsoft Edge Chromium.
Like Google Chrome Browser, Microsoft Edge also offers a separate section in Microsoft Store to look for your favorite browser extensions you may need. It is loaded with almost every famous and big extension however, it may disappoint you while looking for extensions from smaller developers, or looking for options for a particular type.
Default Settings of Microsoft Edge
As expected, Microsoft will always favor its own services for its Edge browser:
Home Page: Whenever you’ll open a new tab or window, Microsoft Edge will open a page populated with a search box by Bing and the latest stories from Microsoft News.
Default Search Engine: Edge Browser uses Bing as the default search engine for any searches in the address bar.
Casting: Mirroring is easy as Microsoft’s Edge allows you to cast to any device supporting Miracast or the DLNA protocol. This feature of Microsoft Edge is more efficient than Google Chrome’s casting or mirroring option in terms of different types of hardware.
|Microsoft Edge vs Google Chrome|
|Microsoft Edge||Google Chrome|
|Rendering Engine||EdgeHTML (proprietary)||Blink (open source)|
|Default Search Engine||Bing|
|Default Home Page||Bing Search box with Microsoft News content|
|Extension Marketplace||A variety of extensions, though less than Chrome, available through the Microsoft App Store||Many extensions available at the Chrome Web Store|
|Casting Protocol||DLNA, Miracast||Chromecast|
|Availability||Windows, macOS, iOS, Android||Windows, macOS, Linux, iOS, Android|
Also Read: How To Import Favorites Into Microsoft Edge
Microsoft Edge Newly Added Features
1. Speedy Performance
With the Chromium engine, Microsoft Edge is getting more faster than the Google Chrome browser. With this new platform, Edge Browser will be able to give a lightning-fast performance while opening new tabs and browsing through multiple tables.
2. Welcome Chrome Extensions
With the new Microsoft Edge, you will be able to use almost all the extensions available in the Google Chrome library. It will be able to adapt to all the add-ons and extensions available with rival browsers. The partnered program with Google Chromium will enable you to not only access extensions from Microsoft Store but also from the Google Chrome Web Store library.
With this developer built of Google Chromium, Microsoft Edge will show more stability and consistency. You can browse through websites and stream YouTube, and other online streaming sites without any hiccups. The tests proved that you can browse through web pages while the streaming and downloads are going on in different tabs.
4. Edge Edges Up With Chrome Finish
5. 4K Commercial Streaming Media Services
Now Microsoft Edge Chromium is going to be the only chromium based browser that will support Google’s Widevine DRM and Microsoft’s own PlayReady DRM.
“4K Streams on Netflix will only be possible with Microsoft Edge as even Google Chrome, Firefox or any other browser can only support 1080p even with the extensions but can’t display 4K videos.”
6. Integration of Internet Explorer
Microsoft Edge Chromium will support organizations with an option to access Internet Explorer optimized or exclusive content to be used in Edge Browser. Internet Explorer content hosting is possible in a separate tab.
7. Mute Tab, Not Site
Microsoft Edge will support muting a tab rather than muting a website. If there are 3 different tabs streaming 3 different videos, you can directly gain access to mute the tab you don’t want to concentrate on. Simply click on the sound icon right next to the tab title and the tab will be muted.
Google Chrome had this feature earlier but they changed it to mute the site instead of muting the tab. Muting a site disables voice everywhere automatically in Google Chrome. Microsoft Edge will still allow you to mute a site if you wish to do so.
8. Integration of Windows Defender SmartScreen
Google Chrome browser and most of the other Chromium-based browsers use Google’s safe browsing security feature however Microsoft Edge will let Windows Defender to take care of the security part. This feature will protect against threats from malicious sites and unwanted and unauthorized downloads.
9. Microsoft Account and Azure Active Directory as Primary Account
To kill your surprise, it’s good to early announce that your Microsoft account and Azure Active Directory for authentication will be used as the single sign-in to access web browsers. Google Chrome uses the same with your Gmail account.
10. Replaced Or Turned Off Google Services
With the launch of the Microsoft Edge Chromium browser, Microsoft has disabled a few of the Google services and replaced others. For example Google’s (Google Translate) will be replaced by (Microsoft translate) Microsoft has launched a list of such Google services.
|Disabled Or Replaced Google Services|
|Safe browsing||Spellcheck||Push Notifications||Single sign-on (Gaia)||Data Reduction Proxy|
|Speech input||Google Maps Time zone||Address Format||Content Hash Fetcher||Chrome Cleanup|
|Nearby messages||Suggest||Web Store||Flighting Service||Developer Tools Remote|
|Google Pay||Google Cloud Storage||Network Location||Component Updater Service||Debugging|
|Link Doctor||Translate||Extension Store||RAPPORT service||iOS Promotion Service|
|Drive API||Cloud Print||Network Time||Chrome OS monitor calibration||One Google Bar Download|
|Ad-blocking||SmartLock||Maps Geolocation||Chrome OS device management||Brand Code Configuration Fetcher|
|Chrome OS hardware id||Google DNS||Favicon service||Android app password sync||WebRTC Logging|
|User data sync||Form Fill||Google Now||Offline Page Service Feedback||Captive Portal Service|
|Device registration||Supervised Profiles||Google Cloud Messaging||Domain Reliability Monitoring|
I guess these reasons are more than enough for me to switch back to Microsoft Edge and prove loyalty to the Windows Operating System. I am waiting and excited for the final release of the all-new Microsoft Edge chromium version.
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