Microsoft Edge Is Finally Becoming A Real Browser

Microsoft Edge Is Finally Becoming a Real Browser

I know, Microsoft Edge is basically a rebranded Internet Explorer, and for that reason alone most people stay a full barge-pole length away from Window's default browser. But thanks to some upcoming changes, it might stop sucking so bad. The latest beta version of Edge, now available to Windows Insiders on the Fast ring, brings two significant additions: extensions and pinned tabs. I'd argue that beyond just displaying the internet, they're two of the most important browser features you can get.

Extensions means LastPass (apparently coming to Edge), which on its own improves my internet experience tenfold. In Edge's case, extensions should open a whole world of possibility, because it should be relatively straightforward for developers to port some of Chrome's thousands of useful extensions.

Pinned tabs sound like a tiny change, but for anyone working with limited screen size on a laptop, they're invaluable for keeping work stuff straight from Facebook.

Even if there's no chance in hell you're ditching Chrome for Edge — for the record, I'm firmly in that camp — consider this: Internet Explorer is the browser of choice for people who don't care what they click on, who don't understand what a popup is — in other words, your parents, the exact people who need LastPass the most.

[Microsoft via AnandTech]


Comments

    15 years after they should of taken action, firefox and then chrome took over the market and microsoft didn't do anything, microsoft has so much red tape now they can't even get the most basic things done like a browser, sad really.

    I know, Microsoft Edge is basically a rebranded Internet Explorer
    Uh, it isn't, at all. It's an entirely new browser. The logo, and name Edge were pretty much to redirect all the numpties who think the internet explorer logo is pretty much the button to the internet.

    I still wish they called it Spartan. That, and I wish it was actually finished when released, with extension support and maybe the ability to export goddamn favourites (lost all my favourites with a windows re-install, thanks Microsoft, your syncing is top notch).

      In concur - Chris, what are you basing this on? The EdgeHTML engine was only an experimental option in IE11, a kind of prerelease. The biggest change in the next Edge is not mentioned here - even better standards compliance, up there with chrome and firefox and well above safari. Speed of EdgeHTML is great. Chrome clearly rules the roost at present, certainly my browser of choice, but as a web professional Edge definitely does not make me go "yuk", and IE is more used than safari so improvements are important to people who make a living from the internet and need browsers to be as similar as possible from a functionality perspective (CSS, js, HTML5)

      Last edited 19/03/16 9:50 pm

    I don't mind Edge. It's fine for my work; I use it to keep my work and home browsing completely separate.

    Edge is a rebranded IE in the same way a Toyota Corolla is a rebranded Flinstones car

    Labelling people who use Internet Explorer and/or Edge as people who don't know any better is just plain lazy and ignorant. If you worked at all in the corporate sector you would soon see that most large and a lot of small corporates use Internet Explorer as part of their SOE. As Edge is the replacement for Internet Explorer you will see it start to be part of the SOE as its feature set improves.

    A reasonable percentage of your readers browsing during their lunch breaks will no doubt be using IE as they will not have a choice.

      Most people use their phones/Tablets during lunch breaks. Not their work computers

        mmm, I actually get to see HTTP user agent stats for a living. red_t_rex is on the money - usage of IE vs other browsers spikes during lunch hours, with peaks in GMT stats based on time zones and absence on weekends making the signal super obvious. Mobile usage spikes (also user agent stats) happen weekdays in the morning and afternoon, with tablet spiking late evening.

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