Microsoft's newest internet browser is so good that I forgot I switched from Google Chrome
- I've been using Microsoft's new Edge web browser for a over a week, and I've barely even noticed the difference, after using Google Chrome for several years.
- Both the new Edge and Chrome are very similar, as both are built on the same Chromium platform. It takes almost no adjustment whatsoever to switch over from Chrome.
- The new Edge has a few features that sets it apart from Chrome, like better privacy settings. It also uses less of my computer's resources, which Chrome is notorious for hogging.
- Perhaps most importantly, the browser extensions you'd find in Chrome are also available in the new Edge, too, making it way more useful.
- It's certainly worth trying the new Edge, if only for the better privacy settings and efficiency of the browser. Over time, Microsoft will surely add more features that will further differentiate it from Chrome.
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I've experimented with web browsers other than Google's dominant Chrome, whether they be Firefox or older versions of Microsoft's Edge, just to see what else is out there and to make sure or not I'm missing out on anything.Those experiments don't usually last long. I typically revert back to Chrome within the day, sometimes after only a few minutes. There's just something about Chrome's design, extended extension library, and functionality that I wasn't getting on other browsers.
Here's my experience so far with Microsoft's latest attempt at getting you to use its web browser:
I opened up my laptop one day and completely forgot I was using Microsoft's new Edge browser instead of Chrome.
I only realized I was on the new Edge browser when I searched for something in the address bar, and was shown Microsoft's Bing search engine results instead of my usual Google results.
That bodes well for the new Edge web browser. It looks and feels a lot like Chrome, and switching is painless. After all, it's built on the same web browsing platform, called Chromium, that Google used at the core of Chrome, too.
And perhaps most importantly for a lot of users, Chrome browser extensions are supported in Edge, too.
And since using the new Edge browser, I've noticed a couple things I like better than Chrome.
The privacy settings are also a lot simpler to understand, more robust, and better laid out than on Chrome.
In fact, the privacy settings are so powerful that Edge is tricking sites into thinking that I have an ad blocker.
Should you switch? Sure! Give it a shot!
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