Microsoft Edge announced a bunch of standout new features this week as it continues to ramp up the browser war to beat Google Chrome.
Microsoft Edge is currently two in the browser market after Google Chrome, but it still has a long way to go to reach a competitor’s 70% market share. Not being outdone by Chrome’s dominance, Microsoft Edge is continuing to make new browser moves, as can be seen from the range of features it announced this week.
This is unconfirmed, but one of the most anticipated Edge features is vertical tab, was originally announced in March and will be available now. This allows you to easily find and manage multiple open tabs at the same time.
You can see how this works on a new AL’s Twitter video.
Install themes from online Google store
Earlier this week, Microsoft confirmed a bunch of new features will be coming to the developer channel as part of build 86.0.594.2. As part of the update, Edge added the ability to install themes from Google’s online store.
Among some smaller changes, Microsoft has also added a flag to allow the Backspace key to navigate the web page back (or forward when combined with Shift); an option in settings to turn off suggestions from history and favorites when searching in the address bar; site permissions for virtual and augmented reality; link between the Password Settings page and the Password Tracking Settings page; and policy governing to Save Cookies When Microsoft Edge closes.
New features in the Edge Beta channel
Microsoft has also confirmed new features in the Edge Beta channel, including the on-premises sync of Favorites and Settings. This allows you to synchronize browser preferences and settings between Active Directory profiles in your own environment without the need for cloud synchronization. This feature in addition to the PDF markup tool, Gallery synchronization with OneNote, and the memory access API.
Other recent additions include privacy controls, performance improvements in Gallery, and Read Aloud in PDF files.
Last week, I reported that Edge 84 added the ability to manage notifications from websites – a real winner for preventing those annoying pop-ups from adjusting your browsing experience.
Edge and Chrome go head to head
Many people are concerned about Google’s privacy and security practices, and while Chrome has been busy adding new privacy and security features, they want a more secure alternative. . Like other browsers including Brave, Edge relies on the same Chromium engine as Chrome, which means you have access to a lot of the same features.
I’ve been using Edge for a while now and I love it as a browser of change. Its security is pretty good – Edge came out on top in a recent study – but its privacy could be improved. An earlier report showed that Edge sent device IDs and web browsing sites to secondary servers.
Microsoft is also pushing Edge pretty hard by making the browser available to all Windows users. Meanwhile, Microsoft has angered some by announcing that you can’t uninstall Edge.
Ultimately, it depends on your own choice. Sure, there are other options, but Edge is definitely worth a try if you’re looking for a functional Chrome alternative.