Microsoft Edge is #5 in Top 12 Web Browsers
Last updated: May 26, 2020
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.
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#5 in Top 12 Web Browsers
The best alternatives to Microsoft Edge are: Google Chrome, Firefox, Safari, Brave Browser
Latest news about Microsoft Edge
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. 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.
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.
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.
2016. Microsoft makes its Edge browser the safest in the world
Microsoft is making its Edge browser more secure in enterprise environments thanks to Windows Defender Application Guard insulates Windows 10 from untrusted browser sessions by running it in a container that is bound directly to the hardware. Microsoft argues that containers within other browsers still leave enterprises vulnerable to 90 percent of the most prevalent attacks because those services don’t use hardware-based protection. The new technology will only become available to enterprises in early 2017.
2015. Microsoft’s new browser will be called Edge
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.