It’s been half a year since Windows released its latest OS in July 2015. Aside from having a totally different look from the previous version Windows 8, the new Windows 10 boasts new changes such as the return of the old Start button, letting you switch between multiple desktops, and introducing the new MS Assistant, Cortana. Another change brought by Windows 10 is the new web browser, Edge.
Internet Explorer has been infamous for being notoriously slow. Over the years, with the rise of web browsers Mozilla Firefox and Google Chrome, the Microsoft-made browser lagged behind. Hoping to change this, Microsoft developed a new browser, codenamed “Spartan”. However, Windows users don’t seem too happy with the new Edge.
What is Edge?
Set to replace the old Internet Explorer as the default web browser for Windows, Edge was developed by Microsoft and was released along with Windows 10 in July 2015 as the default browser of the OS. Here are some features of the new Edge:
- The browser has an integrated Adobe Flash Player and PDF Reader.
- Edge integrates well with Microsoft online platforms.
- It works with Cortana, the Microsoft digital assistant. With Cortana’s voice recognition capability, you can search for stuff online by giving verbal commands.
- Edge lets you annotate pages that you can store and share through OneDrive.
- The browser has a Reading Mode that strips pages of unnecessary formatting to make them easier to read.
Edge has been praised by tech experts for showing promise and for performing way better than its predecessor, Internet Explorer. According to Microsoft, Windows 10 is now active on over 200 million devices as of January 2015. Edge users clocked in 44.5 million minutes on the browser in December 2015, and records showed a 20% market share among browser users on Windows 10 when the browser and OS were released. However, users of the OS are reverting to their old browsers and with good reason.
What’s Wrong With Edge?
To put it simply, Edge does not have an edge over its competition. It lacks basic features that users love in Chrome and Firefox. These features include the following:
- Lack of cross-platform support. One feature that Google Chrome users love is the browser’s cross-platform support. When you use a different computer, you can log on Chrome with your account, and it accesses your bookmarks, settings, and preferences, making it easier to switch devices.
- Lacks extension support. Browser users usually use extensions to enhance their browsing experience.
Some of these include ad blockers and privacy extensions that block trackers.
- Some websites load slowly. Edge users complain that it takes too long to load websites that are heavy on graphics.
- It’s only useful when you’re using a touchscreen monitor.
- The Edge has a habit of freezing.
- It does not have a “Save As” feature, which would enable users to save a copy of the current page.
Tech experts also criticized the layout of the browser, especially the hidden URL bar, the tab system, the bookmark system, and the lack of user friendliness.
The latest statistics show that only 14% of Windows 10 users use Edge, and only 2% of all users use the browser. Although Microsoft promises to fix bugs and improve their browsers, they have to bring something new to the game to convince users who have been using their browsers for years to jump to their ship.
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