Google Chrome vs Microsoft Edge

Last updated: March 05, 2021

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Google Chrome
Google Chrome is a browser that combines a minimal design with sophisticated technology to make the web faster, safer, and easier. Deploy and manage Chrome for your organization.
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Microsoft Edge
Search faster in the address bar. No need to go to a website to search for pictures of adorable penguins. Stay put and save time by entering your search in the handy address bar. You’ll get search suggestions, results from the web, your browsing history, and favorites right on the spot. Microsoft Edge is the only browser that lets you take notes, write, doodle, and highlight directly on webpages. Add a few secret ingredients to a recipe right on the screen to share with your fellow amateur chefs, collaborate on a new project with your coworkers, or have fun with your kids—the web is your palette.
Google Chrome vs Microsoft Edge in our news:

2021. Microsoft Edge now starts up faster and gets vertical tabs



Long-awaited vertical tabs in Microsoft Edge are now generally available. In addition, the new Edge will start significantly faster (up to 41% faster according to Microsoft’s preliminary tests, to be precise). Since Microsoft can’t speed up your hard drive or significantly shrink Edge, though, the way the team achieves this is by loading the browser in the background when you sign in and then it’ll continue running when you close all browser windows. If that’s not to your liking, you can always turn this feature off.


2020. Microsoft’s Edge browser is coming to Linux



When Microsoft announced that it would switch its Edge browser to the Chromium engine, it vowed to bring it to every popular platform. At the time, Linux wasn’t part of that list, but by late last year, it became clear that Microsoft was indeed working on a Linux version. From now Linux users will be able to either download the browser from the Edge Insider website or through their native package managers. Linux users will get the same Edge experience as users on Windows and macOS, as well as access to its built-in privacy and security features.


2020. Google Chrome update brings better tab management, QR codes, plus performance improvements



Google is making Chrome’s tabs and its newer tab groups easier and quicker to use. Under-the-hood, it promises improvements that will deliver up to 10% faster page loads and those that will reduce the impact of having idle background tabs. Chrome will now users to collapse and expand their tab groups, so you can focus on the ones you need to access right now. The new QR code feature will make its way to Chrome on the desktop, and will be accessible from a new QR code icon in the Chrome address bar. Google will also begin to roll out what will likely be a very popular new feature in this latest release — the ability to fill out and save PDF forms directly from Chrome.


2020. Microsoft Edge gets a Pinterest integration, sidebar search and automatic profile switching


Microsoft Edge browser is getting a bunch of new features. The first is an integration with Pinterest and Edge’s collections feature. In addition to the Pinterest integration, collections is also getting the ability to send items to Microsoft’s OneNote note-taking tool, which is in addition to its existing Word and Excel integrations. Also new in Edge is Sidebar Search. This, as the name implies, will allow you to do your searches in the sidebar without having to open a new tab in your main browser window. That sidebar will also be persistent as you move between tabs, making this a nifty idea and something that others will surely emulate over time. For those of us who often mix business and personal accounts on the same machine and in the same browser, Edge is now introducing automatic profile switching.


2020. Google Chrome now allows to organize tabs to groups



Google Chrome is rolling out a new feature to help you better manage all your open tabs. Tab groups will allow you to organize, label and even color-code your tabs for easy access. To use the new feature, you can right-click on a tab and choose “Add tab to group.” You can then select an existing group to move the tab to or create a new one, which you’ll also name and label. Another new feature allows Chrome browser to bloack ads that drain your device’s battery life or needlessly consume your internet’s bandwidth.


2018. Google Chrome gets a fresh look, better omnibox, and more



Google Chrome is rolling out a revamped design and a slew of new features, including a more powerful omnibox. Now it has more rounded corners and a new color palette. The shape of the tabs makes site favicons easier to see so you can navigate them better. And on iOS, where Chrome has been sorely neglected for a long while, the toolbar finally goes to the right place — the bottom of the screen, closer to where your thumbs are. There are new customization features, too. For the "new tab" screen, you can easily change the background image as well as the site suggestions. Autocomplete gets a overdue upgrade: you'll see favicons of sites in the drop-down, and Chrome will now show answers to some queries right in the autocomplete list, even before you hit Return.


2018. Microsoft Edge gets password-less authenticator



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.


2018. Microsoft improves anti-phishing skills of Edge competitor - Google Chrome



Microsoft has ceded a major asset of its Edge browser to rival Google by releasing an add-on that boosts Chrome's phishing detection skills. Dubbed "Windows Defender Browser Protection" (WDBP) the free extension can be added to Chrome on Windows or macOS, and after a post-launch fix, Chrome OS as well. Like the defenses built into Edge, the add-on relies on Microsoft's SmartScreen technology that warns users of potentially malicious websites that may try to download malware to the machine or of sites linked in email messages that lead to known phishing URLs.


2017. Microsoft Edge comes to Android and iPhone



Microsoft announced the general availability of its Edge Browser (the followup to Internet Explorer) for iOS and Android. The mobile version offers many of its familiar desktop/tablet features, including Favorites, Reading Lists and New Tab Pages. The company’s also added some new tools. Roaming Passwords are now on-board, giving users the ability to sync passwords cross platform on mobile and desktop. There’s also dark theme. That’s basically what it sounds like, offering a black desktop instead of the default white/gray one, which should be easier on some eyes. The addition of Edge is an important piece of Microsoft’s new mobile strategy. At the very least additions like Edge and Cortana to iOS and Android will make it easier for Windows 10 users to have their existing smartphones play nice with their PCs.


2017. Google launched Chrome Enterprise Bundle



Google is making it easier for IT admins to deploy and manage its Chrome browser in their businesses. The new Chrome Enterprise Bundle gives admins a single installer for the Chrome browser, the Chrome Legacy Browser Support extension for running the occasional ActiveX widget and a number of administrative policy templates.  Google’s browser now also offers official support for Citrix’s XenApp virtualization platform and Windows Server with Terminal services. With this update, it’ll become easier for IT admins to deploy Chrome in their organizations.