Prior to the Windows 10 update, many might have found the regular internet explorer to be dull, slow and just doesn’t provide the functionality we need. Many of us found alternatives to search the web with, including Firefox, Chrome and many others. Not only did these perform a lot faster, but they also came with a great variety of plug-ins that allow you to do so much more.
Now, Windows 10 has been around for a while, which was Microsoft’s major gap to introduce their new and improved explorer called Microsoft Edge. From the moment you got onto Windows 10, Edge has been shoved in your face just about everywhere you look.
Many just use it once to download their alternative, which is followed by multiple steps that recommend you use Edge instead. It’s almost annoying that they try to force you to keep Edge, but luckily Chrome and Firefox include the links that help you switch your main browser quickly, irrespective of what Microsoft wants you to do.
So, with these quick and easy changes, most just go back to what they were using before without even giving Edge as much as a blink. However, what has been improved and is it worth getting Edge now?
So, What’s Edge All About?
Well, when you first open it, it’s bound to impress with the new design that features thinner bezzles and a much cleaner overall design. They’ve also taken away many of the buttons and give you a nice view of what your doing and the tabs currently open.
On top of that, it’s easy to see that Microsoft has been focusing on the features of Edge a lot more, which include integration with Cortana. The company also claims that Edge remains the most efficient with laptop battery life, which is a huge benefit for those working on the move.
At the end of the day, it’s quite easy to see that Edge is a major step up from IE 11, but it’s still the same thing, just a lot faster, more secure and easier to use. They have at least made it possible to sync your details, passwords and more across devices, making it a lot easier when you travel.
On the downside, they still don’t allow you to make the browser your own by customising it with the same amount of skins and features as we see with competitors, including Google Chrome. We also find it hard to find all the plug-in options that come standard with Chrome and Firefox, which means those who use their IE to link up with other programs might find it hard to use the new explorer.
There’s no doubt about it, Microsoft has certainly made it a lot better and provide you with better functionality. The addition of being able to minimise single tabs and other features are sure to impress most, and those who haven’t become accustomed to other explorers might just find Edge to be the perfect companion.