A more modern version of Internet Explorer, formerly code-named Project Spartan, is now known as Edge, and one of its prominent features is extensions. Edge also keeps its Spartan innovations such as page markup, reading view, and Cortana integration. The new Windows 10 browser is also a Universal Windows app, meaning one application runs on computers, phones, tablets, and whatever other Windows-running device comes out.

Although the Edge browser’s logo sports an “E,” it’s not really IE. The name actually came from a new page-rendering engine, which has been elevated to the full product name. It outran IE’s longtime Trident engine when it comes to speed and compatibility with the new Web standards such as HTML5. Windows 10 will roll out with IE11 for legacy compatibility, especially for corporate intranets and other enterprise Web apps, but it won’t get new features and Edge will be the default browser.

Check out below some of the reasons what makes Microsoft Edge a better browser.

Browser Extensions

Internet Explorer supported browser extensions, but Microsoft Edge enhances that support. This is because the new browser’s extensions can be built on the same JavaScript and HTML code that developers have already been using to work with Google Chrome and Firefox. Microsoft claims that extensions for those other browsers will be convertible to Microsoft Edge with only a few tweaks — which means more and better extensions and add-ons for its users.

Bing and Cortana

Microsoft Edge was created with a tight integration with Microsoft’s Bing search service and Cortana, Windows 10’s virtual assistant. Having this combination should be able to make searching for information faster and easier for you.

Similar as to how the URL bar in Google Chrome help you connect to Google’s search tools, then same is with Microsoft Edge optimized for finding online stuff using Bing. The search results will also be upgraded by inferring what you may want or need based on previous searches and on your browsing history.

Also, with the help of Cortana’s natural-language queries, you can be able to type questions into Microsoft Edge’s address bar and get answers immediately, without the need to make a full Web search.

Page Annotations

Almost every user shares web links, but the new Windows 10 browser is capable of marking up those shared webpages with the electronic equivalent of sticky notes and highlights. To do this, simply tap the Make a Web Note button found on the Microsoft Edge toolbar, and you can leave notes on a page for others. The Save button allows you to save the note to Microsoft OneNote, your bookmarks, or your reading list. You can also use the Share button to share your marked-up note.

New Tab Page

People hit that bar at the top of the browser numerous times per day, and Microsoft wants to take advantage of that. The new-tab page of IE was actually one of the more useful among the browsers, which lets you not only search and view thumbnails of your most-visited websites, it also lets you re-open closed pages and see site suggestions.

In Edge, the new-tab page still shows top sites, as well as app suggestions, weather, sports scores, and video suggestions as well. What’s different about it though is that it doesn’t show an address bar, but you can type the URL into its search box.

Better Security

Microsoft Edge does a little of everything in order to make your online activities safer than before. For instance, it renders each single page inside a “sandbox” — so in case there happens to be a malicious software existing on the page, it won’t have the power to break out of that page’s browser process to do anything harnful like access your PC’s hard drive.

The new browser also implements some new Internet security standards, including HTTP Strict Transport Security to make Web connections more secure and HTML5 Content Security Policy to protect against cross-site scripting attacks.

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This entry was posted by Staff Writer on Saturday, September 5, 2015 at 6:47:07 AM and is filed under Tech Tips & Tricks.

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