Firefox vs Microsoft Edge
Last updated: September 13, 2018
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2018 - Microsoft Edge gets password-less authenticator to keep up with Firefox
Microsoft Edge users no longer need passwords to log onto their favorite websites. All they need is Microsoft's new web authenticator to get in, which relies on fingerprints, facial recognition, and special PINs. This new feature accessible via Windows Hello is akin to Google's and Firefox's authenticators, which launched months ago. So while it's revolutionary for Microsoft, the tech company is pretty far behind. No wonder Edge only holds 4.19 percent of the market share as of publishing time. The purely virtual nature of Web Authenticator means if someone gets ahold of your device, the interloper has no way of getting in, since there is no longer a system on the device to hack. Its entire security process is essentially outsourced to Microsoft as a third party. Thus Microsoft Edge gets more secure authenticator in comparison to Firefox
2015 - Microsoft’s new browser will be called Edge to compete with Firefox
So the Internet Explorer's replacement in Windows 10 will be called Microsoft Edge. It will be the minimalistic "chrome-free" web browser "built for doing" - with "built-in note taking and sharing" a slide stated. Edge will also support extensions that are designed for Firefox and Chrome with just a few modifications and have its voice assistant Cortana directly integrated. While Cortana will be baked into Windows 10 at a system-wide level, it will work a little differently in Microsoft Edge. For starters, Cortana in Microsoft Edge doesn't talk to you at all. When you type certain keywords into the address bar or select topics on a website, it'll spring into action, serving up relevant information such as the weather, maps and other nuggets in a window pane. Microsoft Edge will ship with Windows 10 when it launches later this year.
2015 - Firefox gets built-in video chat to stand out over Microsoft Edge
The latest version of Firefox (35) features a WebRTC-based Firefox Hello video chat service. You can start this plugin-free video chat by sharing an automatically generated link with whoever you want to talk to or by using the contacts from your Firefox account to start calls. Before, you had to sit and wait for your contact to join the room. Your contacts can be on Firefox, Chrome or Opera. Now, a small window with a self-view pops up and you can continue to surf the Web until your contact joins the call. Over time, Mozilla wants to expand this project to also include new features like screen sharing and online collaboration tools “so people can be more productive and get the most out of their video calls.” The organization is working with Telefonica’s TokBox and its OpenTok service on this project.