Microsoft’s upgraded Edge browser vs. Google Chrome: The results might surprise you

Microsoft’s upgraded Edge browser vs. Google Chrome: The results might surprise you

Microsoft’s upgraded Edge browser vs. Google Chrome: The results might surprise you

A new version of the Microsoft Edge web browser based on Google's Chrome starts rolling out today for Windows, of course, but also macOS.

After the lackluster web browsers that Microsoft has recently been responsible for (Internet Explorer and Edge), the company has been hard at work reinventing the latter of the two from the ground up. If you're a Mac user, Edge is now available for your computer for the first time and it's definitely worth a look.

The new Edge web browser is based on Chromium, the same core that Google Chrome, Vivaldi, Opera, and numerous others rely on. The web browser is also available for Android and iOS devices. Microsoft says that switching to Chromium offers better compatibility, improved performance, and less fragmentation for developers.

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This first stable build is Microsoft Edge 79 (because the company is using Chromium versioning).

While it's got great potential for users and developers, it also means there's less competition in the market from an engine perspective - Chromium engine gains even more market share, leaving us wondering if developers might stop supporting others like Firefox. Features like tracking prevention are enabled by default, for example, with three levels of controls over how things like tracking cookies are handled. While there have been stable releases before, all of these were not officially released by Microsoft.

That said, if you're running Windows 10, you will be receiving the new Edge as an update, at some point in the next few months. If you're exhausted of Chrome or are simply looking for something a little bit different, Edge might be exactly what you need. The Chromium foundation, however, gives Edge access both to Microsoft's list of curated plugins as well as the vast array of extensions available via Google's Chrome Web Store, which offers far more flexibility than the old Edge ever did. How has your experience been?

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