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Edge is the Internet Explorer replacement that Microsoft has been increasingly trying to promote as an alternative to competing browsers on the market (i.e., Google Chrome, Firefox and Opera). Microsoft has been especially adamant about vilifying Chrome, continually pointing out the browser’s well-known pennant for chewing through laptop batteries at an incredible clip. Microsoft came out swinging in late June, showing Chrome coming in dead last in battery tests (by a large margin). Microsoft struck again last week with benchmarks showing that Edge far outpaced Chrome in Netflix streaming... Read more...
If you need to get your Orange is the New Black fix in 1080p, Edge might be the browser for you. Microsoft Edge is now the only Windows browser that can consistently stream Netflix in 1080p (the other browsers were limited to 720p). These recent tests follow-up an investigation conducted by Microsoft on browser battery life in June. According to Microsoft’s own testing, Netflix sent higher resolution and higher bitrate video to Microsoft Edge compared to the other browsers. The fact that Microsoft Edge received 1080p content in their test indicates that the browser actually ran a somewhat higher... Read more...
Google Chrome might be the most popular browser on the planet, but it has long been criticized for its insistence on tearing through laptop batteries. Between the high memory consumption and negative impact on battery life, Microsoft is trying to capitalize on this achilles heel with its Edge web browser. The PC market is skewed towards customers that use notebooks, tablets and 2-in-1 convertibles, hence making the best of your machine’s available battery is paramount for people who aren’t able to plug into a wall at a moment’s notice. To highlight the disparity between Edge and Chrome, Microsoft... Read more...
We suspect there are some high-fives flying around in Mozilla's offices this morning, as the company's Firefox browser has now caught up with and even slightly bumped ahead of both Internet Explorer and Edge combined in desktop browser market share, according to data provided by StatsCounter. It's the narrowest of victories with Firefox claiming a 15.6 percent share of the desktop browser market at the end of April, compared to 15.5 percent for Microsoft's two browsers combined. In horse racing, that would be a photo finish. Even if you want to call it a tie, which you'd be justified in doing,... Read more...
Microsoft continues to serve up fresh looks of future Windows 10 updates through its Insider Program, and for Windows Insiders who are subscribed to the Fast ring, there's a new build available, build 14342. Among other things, the newest build introduces updates for extensions in Microsoft's Edge browser.Rather than have to download extensions and then extract and load them from a local folder, every available extension can now be downloaded right from the Windows Store.Replacing the old method of downloading extensions and then extracting and loading them from a local folder, Microsoft made it... Read more...
Microsoft is changing how search queries entered into the Cortana search box in Windows 10 are carried out. From now own—and for your own good, from Microsoft's angle—searches made with Cortana searches will only be carried out with Edge and Bing, even if you've configured a third-party browser like Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox to be the default. You're still free to use third-party browsers in Windows 10 all you want, otherwise Microsoft would be looking antitrust lawsuits. However, Microsoft wants its digital assistant to stay loyal to Edge and Bing to avoid delivering a "compromised experience"... Read more...
When it originally leaked out that Microsoft's next major Windows 10 update would be 'Redstone', it seemed likely that one of the things coming with it would be support for extensions in Edge. With it recently becoming known that Redstone will be spitting into two, the state of Edge extensions were up-in-the-air. Well, a new leak gives us hope that we won't be waiting much longer after all. Where's the leak come from? None other than Microsoft itself! Through some sort of accident, Microsoft launched the official landing page for Edge extensions, which doesn't just give us a hint that the official... Read more...
Microsoft is really pushing its Windows 10 operating system, and many people are actually taking the plunge. After all, Windows 10 is free upgrade for customers running Windows 7 and Windows 8, so it’s a compelling option for those that want to have the latest and greatest operating system at their fingertips. Windows 10 adoption is growing at a steady clip, with one recent report suggesting that global installs have topped 200 million. However, the same cannot be said for Microsoft’s Edge browser, the successor to the venerable Internet Explorer (now on version 11). New data from NetMarketShare... Read more...
As the userbase for Windows 10 grows, so too will Microsoft's Edge browser, or so the Redmond outfit hopes. Whether or not it actually plays out that way remains to be seen. At this early stage, stats show that Windows 10 users aren't clinging to Edge, and instead are turning to other browsers for their daily surfing needs.Since Edge is only available for Windows 10, stat crunching number nerds have it easy when it comes to analyzing the percentage of Windows 10 users running the browser. There's simply less data to sift through than for browsers like Chrome, Firefox, and Internet Explorer, all... Read more...
Microsoft seems to be getting close to turning on support for extensions in its Edge browser for Windows 10. Exactly when that will happen remains to be seen, but in the meantime, a Twitter user (@h0x0d) posted screen grabs of a website serving up a pair of extensions in Edge to Windows Insiders.The website has since been taken offline, but according to the screenshots, Microsoft and its partners have been fiddling with at least two extensions, one for Pinterest that adds a Pin-It button to Edge, and one for Reddit (Reddit Enhancement Suite) that provides a better browsing experiencing on the website.... Read more...
Microsoft built a brand new browser for Windows 10 called Edge, though it isn't proving as popular as the operating system it comes bundled on. One way Microsoft hopes to change that is by adding a new prompt when users install a third-party browser like Google Chrome and attempt to switch defaults.The prompt appears in a leaked preview build of Windows 10 (build 10568), so it might be only a matter of time before it's implemented in Windows 10 through a future update. If so, users who try to switch their default browser from Edge to something else will see a prompt that says "Give Microsoft Edge... Read more...
As we discovered earlier this week, Microsoft is more keen than ever to get people to use its Edge Web browser. Admittedly, the browser is quite good, and I'm doubtful that the reason people refuse to use it is simply because it's not. Instead, if someone has been using the same browser for years - be it Chrome, Firefox, or something else - it'd require something seriously compelling to get them to move over. Unless competitors start to shoot themselves in the foot, perhaps. Nonetheless, in its next move, Microsoft will be introducing WebM/VP9 support in an upcoming version of its Edge browser... Read more...
Microsoft released its latest OS, Windows 10, about five weeks ago, and while there were some definite launch niggles, it seems as a whole, it's been well-received. Well, if we can ignore the fact that it captures quite a bit of information on you by default, that is. One of the most ambitious parts of Windows 10 is Microsoft's Internet Explorer replacement, called Edge. It was touted as being the best browser Microsoft's ever created - fast, secure, and feature-rich. Admittedly, it does bring a couple of cool features to the table, such as being able to take notes inside of a webpage. But, we... Read more...
All eyes are on Microsoft as it gets ready to release Windows 10, the next generation operating system that's such a significant upgrade, the Redmond outfit decided to skip right over Windows 9. Microsoft has a lot riding on Windows 10, though it's not just about the OS as a whole. There are subplots at play, like whether or not Microsoft's new Edge browser will rule the web the way Internet Explorer once did.For the first time in forever, Internet Explorer's desktop browser share is below 55 percent, having fallen from 55.15 percent at the May to 54 percent at the end of June, according to Net... Read more...
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