The eternal browser war on Windows has had three main characters for quite some years: Chrome, Firefox and Internet Explorer. But since the launch of Windows 10, a new actor has started poking its head out and intends to put up a fight. One of those fights has already been won, because it's future is to replace the old IE in the near future. The other two battles will definitely be much more interesting.
The native browser on Windows 10.
If you hadn't realized yet, we're talking about Microsoft Edge, the new browser by the guys at Redmond, which was initially developed under the name of Project Spartan, with which they want to challenge Google and Mozilla's star products. And they want to do so with a minimalistic, lightweight, fast, clean and elegant browser that adapts perfectly to PCs and mobile devices that incorporate the new W10.
- Minimalistic and lightweight browser for Windows 10.
- Integration with Cortana to ask anything straight from your browser.
- Lower memory consumption than its rivals.
- Integration with OneDrive to upload files to the cloud storage service straight from your browser.
- Lower battery consumption than laptops with Chrome and Firefox.
- Possibility to take notes directly on any web.
- Reading mode that simplifies the browser interface so we don't lose our concentration.
- Option to expand the functions of Edge by means of extensions available in the Windows Store.
Focused on productivity
Every day we use more and more online applications from our browser, that's why it's so important that the latter is capable of enhancing our productivity. Edge has incorporated different features for this purpose.
For instance, the possibility to write on the web, being able to jot down notes, write or draw on a web page. We don't have to download anything, and the next time we access it, we'll see all our annotations as if they were really online. Through Web Note, we can also share them with other users.
If we compare this browser with Explore, we'll also find distraction-free reading: a much cleaner and lighter interface so that our eyes remain focused on what they should see.
The Cortana integration also favors our productivity. In fact, it's capable of offering us search results without even leaving the page we're visiting. In turn, Microsoft's assistant can also carry out searches related to the contents you visit to enrich the information as much as possible.
Edge vs Chome vs Firefox: which one's the fastest?
That's the eternal question that may users want an answer to before choosing their web browser. Now that Microsoft has finally overcome the limitations to customizing its browser by means of extensions just like its two rivals do by means of add-ons, it's time to take a look at which one is the speediest when it comes to loading web pages.
It will all depend on which applications are used to make the measurements, which version of the browser you're using, and which computers we're using to run these browsers. So, data can vary, but we can say that Edge offers results that Microsoft's haters are definitely not going to like because it's right next to Mozilla and Google. Web XPRT, JetStream, Octane or SunSpider are some of the benchmark tools that have placed in front of its rivals, paying special attention to HTML5test that measures the performance of this web standard.
What about a version for macOS, Linux, Android or iPhone?
For the time being, this browser is exclusive to Windows 10, or at least that's the intention of its developers. Some recent rumors indicate that there may be a future version for iPhone and Android. However, it's still impossible to find and download any APK or any other file that can be run other platforms.
What's new in the latest version?
- WebAssembly enabled by default.