QUESTION: Should I consider using Microsoft Edge as a browser?
RESPONNSE: There was a time when there was not much to think about when it came to surfing the Internet. Windows users used Internet Explorer by default, and Mac users used Safari.
What was initially a simple utility has become the gateway to users for big tech companies, which is why they have spent so much time and money developing alternative browsers.
Pretty much everything you do online begins with opening a browser, which means whichever browser you choose gives that business the ability 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 it can get you to use its browser, it might also be able to get you to start using its Bing search engine.
Internet Explorer held an 80-90% market share from 2000 to 2008 until the emergence of Firefox as a credible alternative began to reduce its dominance.
Google released its Chrome browser at the end of 2008 and also began to reduce Microsoft’s lead and overtook Internet Explorer as the most popular in 2012.
By this time, the Internet had changed dramatically, and the code used to write Internet Explorer was old, slow, and filled with security issues.
To be relevant, Microsoft started developing a brand new browser called Edge, which it released in 2015. Early reviews of the browser showed much better performance than Internet Explorer, but it suffered from compatibility issues and lacked performance. all user features. which 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.
It released the new Edge browser in January 2020, which allowed it to use the huge library of add-ons already developed for other popular Chromium-based browsers like Chrome and Opera.
In order to get new users to give it a try, Microsoft has developed some cool features like vertical tabs, sidebar search, web capture, smart copy, and comprehensive tracking prevention options.
Tabs have become such an option in all browsers, but Edge lets you use them vertically which is really useful.
The problem with opening many tabs is that each one uses a portion of your working memory. If you open too many of them, your browser performance may suffer. Edge now includes a memory saver feature that can put tabs that are not in use to sleep.
If you do a lot of research online, its Collections tool will make it very efficient to organize many different online resources.
Immersive Reader Mode lets you remove all the distractions when you just want to read an article online.
In the most recent benchmarks, the new Edge performed well in terms of memory usage, speed, and compatibility, so some of the legacy issues from Microsoft browsers have been fixed.
If you’re using Windows 10, you probably already have the latest version of Edge, so it’s easy to give it a try.
If you want to try it out on older versions of Windows, macOS, iOS, or Android, you can download them all at: https://microsoft.com/edge.
Ken Colburn is Founder and CEO of Data Doctors Computer Services, datadoctors.com. Ask any technical question on facebook.com/DataDoctors or on Twitter @TheDataDoc.