Shortly, every new Windows PC will have a new standard browser: It is still called Microsoft Edge, but is a completely different browser than the old version. Now joke about “the new browser everyone uses to download Chrome” – but we’re not sure if so many people will actually bother to download Chrome.
The old Microsoft Edge was a completely internal Microsoft design that was proprietary from the ground up. It wasn’t necessarily a bad browser, but it never really prevailed – when Edge became a thing, most of the people who took care of their browsers were so sick and tired of Internet Explorer that they had passed over to both of them long ago Firefox or Chrome; and the people who Not The browsers often found the old Internet Explorer and set it as the default when they found that “the big blue E” on their taskbar didn’t work with older IE websites and apps.
However, the new Edge is not yet complete – or even largely – a Microsoft effort. Edge is now based on open source chrome Browser that is the foundation of Google Chrome and several others, less popular Browser too. Experienced Chrome users should immediately be familiar with it – and it even enables extensions to be installed directly from Chrome’s own web shop. It’s not hard to imagine that many Chrome users simply don’t bother to replace it when they see how familiar it is.
Edge’s own webshop is currently pretty sad and underpopulated, but we expect this to change quickly. It’s not hard to imagine that an Edge user will have to go to the Chrome Web Store and buy extensions in another half a year, as is currently likely required. In the meantime, it is certainly not difficult to install Chrome unless you are seriously out of bandwidth, as many rural users do. It’s even easier to click the single button in the Chrome Web Store to activate those extensions.
Good or bad, the vast majority of the new Edge doesn’t need a major review because it’s practically the same as Chrome itself. The only parts that really need to be checked are those that Microsoft needs for itself, e.g. B. user login and synchronization of stored credentials between browsers. We tested the login and synchronization and they were something of a crapshoot.
The first credentials we used for testing were a small business Office 365 credentials. While the registration itself worked immediately, the actual synchronization was interrupted. To be fair, the problem could be that there is no license associated with this Office 365 account. It is only used to manage the actual users of a small business domain. Still it is should worked; For this reason, unlicensed Office 365 accounts are a common and absolutely valid condition in the wild.
With the registered Office 365 account, the local storage of passwords worked perfectly, but the synchronization simply did not take place. Finally, we checked the sync settings for the account and found that “Set up sync – you can start browsing while we set it up”. A week later the settings still Say “Set up sync.” We don’t hold our breath.
Next, we used a personal Windows Live account that was long before Office 365 and was previously only used to sign in to a Microsoft Volume License Service Center account. The personal account worked immediately, both when logging in and when synchronizing. I didn’t see a “Set up sync” message when I signed in with my personal account. A newly saved password was immediately available on a second computer that was logged on with the same account.
Store credit and debit cards
Edgium – as some industry observers call it – the new version of Edge – can fill out credit card information automatically, but it works differently than in Chrome. When you enter a credit card number in a web form, Google Chrome automatically detects what you’re doing and asks if you want to save it. Edgium, on the other hand, does not make sure that you enter credit card information on a website. In order for the browser to save a credit card number, you have to go to Settings and Profile / Payment Information.
Once you are in the Payment Information dialog box, you can click the “Add Card” button. Edge correctly recognizes the entry of credit cards and if you have one or more saved cards available, you will be asked when it is possible to fill them automatically. The stored credit card information is at least initially local – it is not synchronized from one browser to another if you are logged in as the same user.
The only place we prefer the new Edge Google Chrome is to manage favorites. In both Chrome and Edge, there is a small star in the address bar itself to toggle the favorite status for a page. Edge has a small star button next to the bar, which is used to store the list of favorites that have already been created. We protect real estate with a vertical screen and therefore do not activate the favorites bar in any browser. But the practical little dropdown is kindand we think it makes the favorites function a lot more useful.
Favorites were synced perfectly from computer to computer when we tested them with our personal Windows Live login.
One of the complaints we’ve heard from readers about starting Edge in the Chromium project is that it removes the diversity of the web browser ecosystem. This is obviously true – if Microsoft uses Chromium to build Edge, it doesn’t have to build and maintain most of the code base itself. However, it overlooks the strength of open source software development – active collaboration.
Microsoft started Code is added to the Chromium project almost immediately after the first Chromium-based Edge beta builds begin. One of the first posts was the improvement of the battery life in the browser. This post is still under development and has not yet been included in the Chromium master. However, it is important that engineers from Google and Microsoft do this cooperate when testing and implementing here with a public recording for everyone to see.
Microsoft has also announced plans to add browser access, touch optimization, and arm optimizations from its original Edge to the Chromium project. As a CNET reported Earlier this week, Microsoft made almost 2,000 commitments to the Chromium project last year. This is an important distinction: the company not only consumes chromium, but also works openly and openly with Google in this way any Company or individual can.
The collaboration between Microsoft and Google in a uniform browser framework means less code diversity for the web, but it represents a significant improvement in openness and fair access.
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