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Editors' Rating:
Excellent
Average User Rating:
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Quick Specs

  • Version:
    20.10240
  • Total Downloads:
    77,883
  • Date Added:
    Jul. 30, 2015
  • Price:
    Free
  • File Size:
    Not available
  • Downloads Last Week:
    962
  • Platform:
    Windows
  • Product ranking:
    #21 in Web Browsers

Editors' Note: Microsoft Edge is included in Windows 10.

Editors' Review

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Upgrading from Internet Explorer to Microsoft Edge is like going from coach to business class, though Edge has struggled to find a seat at the front, alongside Google Chrome (Windows, Mac, Android, iOS) and Mozilla Firefox (Windows, Mac, Android, iOS), despite arriving pre-installed in Windows 10. With the operating system's Creators Update unleashed on the public, it's time to take another look at Microsoft's Web browser.

Pros

It feels light and quick: In the world of Web browsers, Google Chrome (Windows, Mac, Android, iOS) has become the king of performance, but Edge is not too shabby, either. It opens quickly, pages load smoothly, and you can scroll up and down without jerkiness. Microsoft also claims battery gains over the competition, though your results depend highly on what you use your browser for.

Advanced tab organization: With just a click or two, Edge will save collections of tabs, show you preview images of each tab, and "pin" them, so that they show up every time you open your browser. Tab collections aren't a new idea -- Mozilla Firefox (Windows, Mac, Android, iOS) has been able to save multiple pages under a single bookmark for years -- but Edge's implementation integrates into your workflow more smoothly.

You can cast media to your TV: Chrome has been the go-to for streaming videos from your PC to a nearby TV, but Edge can actually do this, too, with the Chromecast, Roku, and Fire TV devices. However, only the Chrome browser can send an entire tab to your TV's screen.

It has browser add-ons: Edge took an agonizingly long time to bring add-ons into the mix, but you can now plug in extensions to manage passwords, add some magical usability to YouTube or Reddit, block ads on websites that you don't want to support, and help protect your browser against hackers. The range of add-ons is pretty small compared to Chrome and Firefox, but Edge has the most popular options, like LastPass, Reddit Enhancement Suite, Pinterest, and Evernote.

Cons

Only available in Windows 10: One of the nice things about a multi-platform browser is being able to sync your browsing history, bookmarks, and open tabs across all your devices. Unfortunately, Edge doesn't inherit this activity history unless you're one of the few who use Windows 10 on a mobile device.

Limited add-on support: Nearly two years after release, Edge has just 31 extensions to choose from. Thankfully, you get the important functions mentioned above, but the variety of options within those categories is pretty narrow compared to Chrome and Firefox.

Bottom Line

Microsoft Edge is a capable and smooth-operating browser within the confines of Windows 10, but the lack of presence on Android and iOS devices hurts its integration into your day-to-day, as does the modest size of its add-on library.

 
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General
Publisher Microsoft
Publisher web site http://www.microsoft.com/
Release Date July 30, 2015
Date Added July 30, 2015
Version 20.10240
Category
Category Browsers
Subcategory Web Browsers
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Windows/10
Additional Requirements None
Download Information
File Size Not Available
File Name External File
Popularity
Total Downloads 77,883
Downloads Last Week 962
Pricing
License Model Free
Limitations Not available
Price Free
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