Revolution through Evolution

Welcome Microsoft Edge, Goodbye Internet Explorer!

Yes, I’m talking about web browsers. Internet Explorer has been around since 1995, spanning over two decades and 11 versions. A very popular web browser earlier, it slowly fell behind in competition to other browsers like Chrome and Mozilla. It regained its popularity in the past few years, but only as the butt of Internet jokes* and memes. 

So what does Microsoft’s new browser Microsoft Edge, earlier called Project Spartan, has to offer? Let’s take a look.

Microsoft Edge runs on only Windows 10 for now, it will later be extended to older versions of Windows. As a result it has an interface quite similar to that of Windows 10 or even 8. It is quite plain and simple, in order to produce ‘least distractions from the content on the web ‘. As Microsoft says, the browser is at the edge of ‘consuming and creating’. It puts forward a minimalist approach, offering only the necessary options and no fancy decorations.

Clicking on an icon of what looks like an open book, reading view is activated. It has a very neat and simple layout with the options of changing font size, colour etc. Not only that, you can add files to your reading list or the usual bookmarks. Using its Web Note feature, you can create sticky notes or snippets of the web page for future referral. They can very easily be shared. 

Microsoft Edge has an intelligent personal assistant called Cortana, which works in the very same way as Apple’s Siri or Google Now. It makes browsing even more convenient since you can directly search for definitions or ask for translations while still on your webpage. So far the browser has seem to pass the stability test, with minor crashes. 

We saw some of the features which make it efficient, now let us see some features which are not quite developed in Microsoft Edge. The browser is unable to store browsing history and downloads history currently. Thus there’s no way to access your browsing or download history using Edge. It also doesn’t support customs add-ons yet except Adobe Flash Player.

So how does Edge compete with other browsers? As far as HTML5 supports tests are concerned, it is close to Chrome but still behind it. Even Mozilla seems to run HTML5 better than Edge. JavaScript performance, i.e. how well and fast your code executes also showed similar results. Chrome was far ahead followed by Mozilla and finally Edge. The only browser it seemed to outrun was Internet Explorer 11.

So in conclusion, Microsoft Edge has a lot riding on its shoulder. The company plans to rope in its target audience with the new browser, but it first needs to refine and perfect it. It certainly offers refreshing changes and has the potential to break free from the slow and sloppy image of Internet Explorer and come off as an efficient, handy and speedy browser.

*Internet Explorer 11: Now download Chrome faster! 

Saksham Garg

I love to read and explore new ideas. I take pleasure in expressing my views on such topics and sharing it, thus learning from my mistakes and improving. I have a very positive attitude towards life which also explains my love for humour. I hope to grow and learn as much as I can in life.