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Microsoft Edge

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Download Editors' Rating:
Editors' Rating:
Excellent
Average User Rating:
out of 12 votes out of 12 votes

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    20.10240
  • Total Downloads:
    55,197
  • Date Added:
    Jul. 30, 2015
  • Price:
    Free
  • File Size:
    Not available
  • Downloads Last Week:
    805
  • Platform:
    Windows
  • Product ranking:
    #21 in Web Browsers

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

Editors' Review

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In Windows 10, Microsoft is replacing the Internet Explorer web browser with Microsoft Edge, which comes with an overhauled interface -- and eventually, compatibility with popular browser add-ons like Reddit Enhancement Suite and Lastpass Password Manager.

Pros

Snappy performance: Edge loads quickly, renders pages quickly, and scrolls smoothly.

Clean interface: Edge has minimal clutter, so you'll tap or click the wrong thing less often, making menu navigation less frustrating.

Integrated Pocket-like function: Create visual bookmarks with automatically generated thumbnail images and captions.

Integrated sharing: Edge can plug in to other apps on your Windows 10 device without having to wrestle with mobile copy-and-paste behavior.

Cons

No add-ons yet: Unfortunately, Edge's much-touted ability to use Chrome and Firefox add-ons was not ready in time for the release of Windows 10, which has a big impact on the browser's overall utility.

Windows 10 only: Edge is not compatible with Windows 8.1, Windows 7, OS X, or any other major operating system, which may hurt its adoption in the long run.

Some confusing designs: Edge doesn't use conventional designs for its menu buttons, which may lead to confusion when you're transitioning from a mobile device. Some sharing options are also missing.

Bottom Line

Given the extensive changes and improvements to its interface, Microsoft Edge is more than an Internet Explorer update. But it feels incomplete without an add-on ecosystem, which hopefully will come shortly.


With each new version of Windows, Microsoft attempts to entice us with a few exclusive features. For Windows 10, the Microsoft Edge Web browser is one such example. Internet Explorer 11 is still there in the background, but there's obviously a passing of the torch -- IE's blue "e" icon now starts up Edge. At the same time, IE has been a familiar presence on the desktops of hundreds of millions of people, so Edge can't change too aggressively in its attempt to catch up with Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, and Opera.

Microsoft's Edge browser closes this gap but only to a certain degree, because it's still missing the vast add-on libraries that have made Chrome and Firefox the default choice for most people. The system of plugging Chrome and Firefox add-ons into Edge is slated for "this summer," which means up to a month and a half from now. But in the meantime, a number of other elements are coming together to create a strong foundation to build on in the years ahead.

The general look and feel

When you compare Edge to other browsers side-by-side, you'll notice that Edge's user interface across the top of your screen is slightly larger than the others, with larger buttons. If you need to maximize the amount of webpage that's displayed, Chrome still has the most minimal UI. However, the size of Edge's buttons makes them touch-friendly. It's clearly part of Microsoft's Continuum system.

Continuum is Windows 10's way of adapting automatically to how we use our devices. For example, you can run Windows 10 and Edge on a phone or tablet using the usual touch UI. But then if you plug the device into a monitor, pair it with a keyboard and mouse, and start using it like a desktop computer, the interface on the monitor will adjust from a mobile UI to a desktop UI. When you unplug from peripherals, the phone or tablet will resume its conventional operation.

Improved sharing tools

Share any webpage by clicking the button with three dots connected in a circle (to the immediate left of the More Actions button). Unfortunately, Edge doesn't use the more familiar icon of dots branching out, so that sharing button may escape the attention of many users. When we clicked the button, we got the option to send the page via Windows 10's mail app, add it in Microsoft OneNote, put it in a reading list for later, or plug in to something called Social Jogger. This last one told us that we had to log in to use it, but there was no method to actually do so from within the sharing tool.

In the future, it would be nice to see a link in the sharing list to other things that we could download (perhaps from the Windows Store) to expand sharing options. It was also puzzling that Twitter and Skype were not on this list, despite their Windows 10 apps being present on the testing device. They seem like natural fits.

Writing on webpages

Web Notes, to the left of the sharing button, lets you write, highlight, add text boxes, and take cropped screenshots on a webpage. You can use a stylus or a fingertip, if you have a touch screen. When you're done marking up the page, save it to a file or click the share button to send it somewhere else. The system feels streamlined and easy to understand, and we can see it becoming popular with Web developers and graphic designers.

The Hub

The Hub, the button to the left of Web Notes with three horizontal lines on it, collects your bookmarks, reading list, browsing history, and download history into four sub-tabs. The reading list, a new addition to the DNA of Microsoft's Web browsers, basically works like Pocket. When you bookmark something, you get the option to add it to your Favorites list or to the Reading list. The Reading list organizes your collection, using thumbnails with captions -- but we found no search function, which will become a problem if you populate your reading list with a lot of items.

On the History sub-tab, individual entries can be listed only chronologically, instead of alphabetically. You can delete stories, as well as clear your entire history, with the option to keep things like passwords, download history, and cookies. Click Show More for a list longer than we've seen in any browser. In case you get overwhelmed by all your options, a link at the bottom opens a Microsoft webpage explaining the different components whose histories you can erase. As with other browsers, you can also access this data-deletion menu by pressing Ctrl-Shift-Del.

The three horizontal lines (aka the hamburger menu) on the icon that opens the Hub is a visual theme usually used for an application settings menu. Edge uses three dots for its settings menu, instead of the hamburger. Combine this with Edge's divergent design of the sharing button, and users have to do extra mental work when transitioning from an Android or iOS device, and that that doesn't feel justified.

Touch-based improvements

Edge's larger buttons are handy for laptops with touchscreens. In the Windows 8 era, Microsoft mandated that the ultrabook tier of laptops had to have touchscreens, so there are a lot of those around, not to mention the company's own Surface tablets.

Edge's whole interface adapts well to touch. When you click or tap the More Actions button (the three dots in a horizontal line in the upper right-hand corner), the submenus list is spaced far enough apart that you can tap with a higher degree of success. The Settings submenu opens a panel of neatly spaced options with large radio buttons and drop-down menus.

Edge scrolls very smoothly with a fingertip or with the Page Up and Page Down keys (as does Internet Explorer). Chrome and Firefox struggle, especially if the page is heavy with graphical elements.

On a side note, there's a toggle in Edge's advanced settings for the Adobe Flash Player, which has been a frequent avenue for security holes over the years. This toggle is not as easy to find as we'd like, but it's more visible than the Flash settings in other browsers.

Keyboard and mouse improvements

In addition to improving touch navigation, Edge has done welcome things with keyboard and mouse input. For example, when you hit the Page Down or Page Up keys, Edge glides very smoothly, so your eyes can track exactly what changes are happening. Internet Explorer does this, too. Firefox tries to, but it's not as smooth. Chrome, surprisingly, doesn't bother at all. Hitting those keys snaps the screen up and down, and it takes a moment to find your bearings on the page.

Chrome is also the only browser of the four that still does not have a menu option to convert a tab into an additional browser window. You have to click and drag the tab, which doesn't necessarily require more work, but the UI doesn't provide any clues for new users. In the other browsers, the functionality is a menu option that pops up when you right-click a tab.

We'd like to see features like a proper integrated password manager, which Firefox has, especially since third-party add-ons like LastPass or Dashlane aren't available (yet). It would also be great to have support for OSes other than Windows 10, though we appreciate that Microsoft wants Edge to entice people to upgrade.

But overall, Edge feels like more than a new browser. It feels like a statement of intent for Microsoft, and we look forward to seeing where the company takes it from here.

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Results 1–10 of 12

5 stars

"Great Browser"

August 26, 2016  |  By rfif1541

2016-08-26 13:14:56  |  By rfif1541

 |  Version: Microsoft Edge 20.10240

Pros

Really Fast. Really stable I have never had a crash unlike Chrome which I had many crashes. I like the Reading View And Mark a Web page no one else has that. Edge does in fact have extensions perhaps you just need to know here to look.

Cons

I have found no cons as yet.

Summary

I think people just don't want to give Microsoft a chance and refuse to admit that Microsoft has done well with both edge and windows 10. They always have to pull for the little guy chrome and Firefox. I am a computer geek from the 80's. And yes IE sucked really bad. I hated it so much I actually used Netscape Navigator. But this is 2016 and Microsoft is back. Where would the world be without Bill Gates and Steve Jobs. They completely change the world we live in.

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1 stars

"MAJOR DISAPPOINTMENT"

February 29, 2016  |  By laurin 800

2016-02-29 07:45:29  |  By laurin 800

 |  Version: Microsoft Edge 20.10240

Pros

NONE AT ALL.

Cons

EDGE is a huge memory hog that will never shut down without removing windows 10. So, if you like your browser- you can keep your browser-but, edge will run anyways and in many cases, slow your computer to a crawl.

Summary

Microsoft made a eff up. They knew it and they put it out anyways.

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2 stars

"Still need the extensions support"

September 09, 2015  |  By mohammedhamedahmed

2015-09-09 09:05:08  |  By mohammedhamedahmed

 |  Version: Microsoft Edge 20.10240

Pros

It is better than IE, faster and contain some new features.

Cons

Still need extension, the browser is useless without them.

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2 stars

"Microsoft tried, but failed again."

September 01, 2015  |  By kyle3389

2015-09-01 04:48:22  |  By kyle3389

 |  Version: Microsoft Edge 20.10240

Pros

Almost too simple of an interface.

Cons

Still same old slow internet explorer. Lags with loading webpages. Still no option to add extensions like adblock.

Summary

Just download a different browser like chrome or firefox..

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3 stars

"Better but needs work."

August 28, 2015  |  By KingofBeggars

2015-08-28 12:12:44  |  By KingofBeggars

 |  Version: Microsoft Edge 20.10240

Pros

A nice look and works better then any explorer versions.

Cons

While loading, it is having problems scrolling up and down and periodically pauses. Used chrome and it did not have the same issue.

Summary

I want to use it but it needs work

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1 stars

"should qualify as spyware"

August 27, 2015  |  By forsooth

2015-08-27 05:44:56  |  By forsooth

 |  Version: Microsoft Edge 20.10240

Pros

nice clean interface

Cons

Records EVERYTHING you do and everywhere you go, talk about lack of privacy.

Summary

All of the "new" features of Windows 10 are like this, saving everything about your use of the features and everything about you,

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2 stars

"Nothing good, nothing new"

August 17, 2015  |  By Ionclad

2015-08-17 05:40:26  |  By Ionclad

 |  Version: Microsoft Edge 20.10240

Pros

Reading mode
Rather fast... but it's more like "not slow"

Cons

No extensions support

Summary

Without extensions, Edge is useless for power users. Lets hope that the support for them will arrive this year. Generally, it's better than IE. At least that's good.

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1 stars

"zero... zip... nada... nichevo... no go"

August 15, 2015  |  By Unionmama

2015-08-15 03:56:17  |  By Unionmama

 |  Version: Microsoft Edge 20.10240

Pros

NONE WHATSOEVER

Cons

No extensions... can't translate... can't do NUTHIN'... it's meant for Aunt Tilly and her cats on cutiepies.org or Uncle Mel lookin' at sleazy 'hos on cheesyporn.com... for any serious use... NO GO.

Summary

I'm staying with Chrome.. long n' the short of it. Redmond "£$%" up again...

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1 stars

"We miss WIN XP!"

August 12, 2015  |  By JEHoward

2015-08-12 23:10:12  |  By JEHoward

 |  Version: Microsoft Edge 20.10240

Pros

I can't think of a single positive item.

Cons

WIN 10 and Edge is not easy to understand. It's not simple, clear, concise, or easy. Microsoft forgot the fundamentals of computers, K.I.S.S. - Keep It Simple Stupid. I'm advising my people to remain with WIN 8.1 until January, then download WIN 10. Maybe Microsoft will get their head out of their a** and make the system user friendly.

Summary

Wait, wait, wait

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4 stars

"Cannot see how to dwnload it..external page is strange"

August 08, 2015  |  By poulstaun

2015-08-08 14:13:22  |  By poulstaun

 |  Version: Microsoft Edge 20.10240

Pros

When i had win 10..Edge was also there,,,,It worked fine and fast...the best feeling of explorer that i ever had.

Cons

somehow it dissapeared by itself on the win 10..maybe because i still wanted Google as main browser...
Did not have it long enough..to see any mistakes about the program...

Summary

It is damned difficult,,to get it downloaded..so i give up for now

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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 55,197
Downloads Last Week 805
Pricing
License Model Free
Limitations Not available
Price Free
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