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Internet Explorer, rightly or wrongly, had come to represent everything that was wrong with both Microsoft and the wider browser market. It was riddled with security vulnerabilities, it had a complete lack of support for extensions, it was full of problems Top Issues People Have with Internet Explorer, and Easy Ways to Fix Them Top Issues People Have with Internet Explorer, and Easy Ways to Fix Them Here are some of the most common problems you may encounter with IE and quick and easy solutions for fixing them. Read More , it was slow, it was incompatible – it was awful.

Finally, after months of rumor and counter-rumor, Microsoft released Microsoft Edge to the public on 29th July – distributing it with its new Windows 10 upgrade How to Upgrade to Windows 10 Now & Why You Should Wait How to Upgrade to Windows 10 Now & Why You Should Wait Have you been waiting patiently since July 29 for your Windows 10 upgrade? You should probably wait until you receive an official notification, but if you are determined, you can force the Windows 10 upgrade. Read More . It marked a complete break from the Internet Explorer brand name, killing off a 20-year-old family tree in the process.

Internet Explorer is still available for compatibility purposes – but you need to move on. Here’s ten reasons you should start using Microsoft Edge right now…

1) Speed

Speed is one of the most important aspects to consider when you’re deciding which browser should become your default choice. Chrome used to be the undisputed king, but a series of new features and endless extensions 15 Can't-Miss Chrome Extensions for Productivity 15 Can't-Miss Chrome Extensions for Productivity Today we bring you a few more essential extensions geared toward helping you work better online. Read More has seen it lose its advantage.

According to Microsoft, Edge is now the fastest browser on the market. In a blog post, they claim that their offering is “beating Chrome and Safari on their own JavaScript benchmarks” – adding that on WebKit Sunspider, Edge is 112 percent faster than Chrome, on Google Octane, Edge is 11 percent faster than Chrome, and on Apple JetStream, Edge is 37 percent faster than Chrome.

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Other independent testing found that Chrome was still slightly faster than Edge when it came to “real-world” loading of pages, but that as soon as a couple of extensions were installed Edge became the number one.

2) Annotate Pages

Microsoft Edge becomes the first browser that natively allows you to add notes to webpages Syncpad Webnotes: Add Notes To Webpages & Store Them In Syncpad [Chrome] Syncpad Webnotes: Add Notes To Webpages & Store Them In Syncpad [Chrome] Read More that you’re viewing.

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This brings a host of benefits for a wide range of users. For example, students can annotate pages that they need to include in project, people who love to cook can make tweaks and amendments to recipes and then either print them or share them with friends, while designers who need to provide feedback on the layout of a site will now find the process a lot more straightforward.

It should be noted, this works a lot better if you have a touchscreen computer and pen.

To activate the feature just click on the pen and paper icon in the top right-hand corner. Once you finished making your amendments you can either save it as a bookmark, share it via OneNote, or save it to your reading list.

3) Reading List

Ok, this isn’t an entirely new feature; a reading list was including in Windows 8. It was underused, however, and very few people knew where to find it and how to operate it.

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In Microsoft Edge, the feature has been moved front and center. Of course, you’ve been able to get a similar service using apps and add-ons like Pocket Pocket 5 For Android: A Polished Way To Save Content To Read Later Pocket 5 For Android: A Polished Way To Save Content To Read Later The Web is full of cats. Seriously, they're everywhere. So are other silly memes and many other things conspiring to steal your attention. So how do you make time to read the good stuff? Read More for a long time, but the fact this is now a native feature is pleasing.

Adding an item to the list is simple – just click the favorite icon in the toolbar and choose to add it to your reading list rather than to a bookmarks folder.

4) Reading Mode

Connected to the reading list is the reading mode. Like the reading list, other browsers have offered plug-ins or settings tweaks that mimic a reading mode for a long time, but it’s now finally a native feature in Microsoft’s offering.

The idea behind the feature is to declutter an article by removing advertising and sidebars, and thus providing you with an experience that’s more akin to reading a newspaper.

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Once again, accessing the function is simple and fast – just open the page you want to read and click the small book icon in the top right-hand corner. Click it again to exit reading mode.

5) Improved Security

Browsers are notoriously insecure programs 3 Reasons Why Chromebook Does Not Solve Digital Security Issues 3 Reasons Why Chromebook Does Not Solve Digital Security Issues Google's ChromeOS is probably the most secure operating system in the world (at the cost of some limited functionality). Unfortunately, ChromeOS isn't a panacea, and serious security concerns about the platform remain. Read More , and Internet Explorer was one of the worst offenders. Microsoft has now taken huge strides towards addressing these concerns.

They done this in multiple ways. Perhaps most importantly, Edge is now an app rather than a system program. It means the process model has fundamentally changed, with both the outer manager process and the assorted content processes now living within their own sandboxes.

Elsewhere, Microsoft Passport technology has been beefed up to protect against phishing attacks, the Certificate Reputation scheme has been given new reporting features, W3C and IETF standards have been built into the new rendering engine, and a more secure extension model is in the pipeline.

6) Clutter Free

One of the criticisms most often directed at Internet Explorer was its unnecessary complexity. The “Internet Options” page had barely evolved since the late 1990s, and the settings were scattered throughout the program in a seemingly chaotic way.

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That’s all gone with Edge, whose designers have taken a highly minimalistic approach. The basic page is a bare as possible, lots of superfluous options have been removed completely, and anything that was deemed necessary but non-essential has been hidden away in Menu > Settings > Advanced Settings.

The result is a clean and polished experience that’s very different from what you’d experience on an extension-packed alternative.

7) Customizable Start Page

What do people use for their homepages these days?

I still yearn for iGoogle, but have had to settle with Google News The Best Alternatives to Google News That Help You Stay Current The Best Alternatives to Google News That Help You Stay Current While Google News is convenient and easy to use, there are other ways to get your mainstream, niche, or even personalized news, delivered to you on your desktop or on the go. Read More since its demise. It’s good for headlines and big stories, but if you have niche interests its algorithms start to struggle. Reddit claims it is the front-page of the Internet, but I couldn’t think of a less-productive way to start every browser session.

What other options are there? Microsoft tries to answer this with its Edge Start Page.

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Firstly you’ll be asked to choose your language, and thereafter you can personalize the exact content you want to see, all the way from the types of news that interest through to which sports teams you support or which athletes you want to follow.

The page pulls content from a range of sources to provide variety, and the news is all designed to be country-specific.

8) Cortana

“Siri, shut the door on your way out”.

Cortana has made giant leaps 6 Coolest Things You Can Control with Cortana in Windows 10 6 Coolest Things You Can Control with Cortana in Windows 10 Cortana can help you go hands-free on Windows 10. You can let her search your files and the web, make calculations, or pull up the weather forecast. Here we cover some of her cooler skills. Read More in the personal assistant space, and it is now a highly capable alternative to Google Now and Siri.

Once you’ve enabled Cortana to work in Edge from the advanced settings menu, it’ll offer you all kinds of benefits. For example, if you view a restaurant’s webpage it’ll pop up and offer directions and opening times, if you’re reading an article and you’re not sure about the context of a word or phrase you can right-click it to ask Cortana for more information, and if you’re looking for company reviews you’ll be provided with Yelp results.

9) Coding Support

Microsoft has clearly designed the Edge browser for the long-term. A look at a slide from a developer conference revealed just how many forward-thinking technologies had been included and many old ones had been dumped.

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For example, ActiveX, Browser Helper Objects (BHOs), VBScript: JavaScript, and Vector Markup Language are all out, while JavaScript and Scalable Vector Graphics are in.

Additionally, it will no longer appear as Internet Explorer to sites (which should improve compatibility), it will support Object RTC (a newer form of WebRTC WebRTC Explained: What Is This API, and How Is It Changing the Internet? WebRTC Explained: What Is This API, and How Is It Changing the Internet? WebRTC allows developers to build real-time applications, such as MMORPG games and video-conferencing tools, using open web technologies, like HTML5, JavaScript and CSS. Read More ), and will include a number of ES6 language offerings.

10) Extensions

The bad – there are no extensions at the moment. The good – they’re coming. The even better – they will use the same JavaScript and HTML standard code used by Chrome and Firefox, meaning extensions programmed for either of those browsers would only require minimal coding to work in Edge as well.

They are expected to start becoming available from Autumn.

What Do You Like About Edge?

Have you made the jump to Edge? What made you make the leap? Perhaps you tried it and went back to Chrome or Firefox? Or perhaps you’re still yet to try it?

Whatever your situation we’d love to hear from you. You can let us know your thoughts in the comments below.

  1. Edie Lou Armey
    December 1, 2016 at 7:49 pm

    I want to use it because it claims to be more secure, but I cannot function without the Favorites bar in plain view. I have so many Favorites that I used daily, I want them front and cnter!

  2. jackie
    November 3, 2016 at 8:58 pm

    i do not like the way bookmarks/favorites is set up in edge - firefox has the best set up for bookmarks - you can move them where ever you want them - it is very flexible - edge is stiff, stiff, stiff.

  3. susan
    October 13, 2016 at 1:35 pm

    It came with Windows 10, I find it slow and many things will not work at all, i.e. Ancestry where I was told that is the reason I am no longer able to access info. Also when I try to change browser, next time I open it has returned. it It is very simple to use. I'll give it some time

  4. Jim
    October 6, 2016 at 1:05 am

    I have been studying Chrome, Firefox, and Edge for a while now, I currently use Explorer, my main reason for not switching is the first three always have some feature that prevents me from doing what I wanted to do, and I have to switch back to IE, it seems my problems always start when one of them becomes my default browser, I have worked at not letting them be my default browser but somehow they manage to trick me into making them the default. Then many problems occur that prevents me from doing what I wanted to do, or they simply fail to work properly, I don't know the reasons but whenever I manage to get IE back as my default browser the problems stop, I am still switching when I have lots of free time and can fight to get done what I intended, sometimes this means going back to IE, one of my concerns is the lack of an easy way to make a desktop shortcut from within Edge, Chrome and Firefox, I know there are workarounds but they defeat the purpose, speed. Someday Edge may be my default , but that seems like a while yet.

    God bless
    Jim

  5. Thomas Dahl
    September 4, 2016 at 5:40 am

    The problem with these types of articles is that they blow up supposed benefits into 'reasons to change' while ignoring the benefits of the products they are trying to replace. I use Firefox for Web development and Chrome to interface with the Google ecosystem. Both are better at each.

    I am struggling with the idea that Edge is the most secure while it shares all my search data with Microsoft who I'm turn shares it with anyone they chose.. Including my keystrokes, which equates to all my most sensitive data.

    None of these browsers are secure in any sense of the word.. Any sense..

    Cortana has become the spy in the cab and is much much more intrusive that Siri and Google Now. Just try deleting it in windows 10. I challenge you.

  6. Y. Elliott
    August 5, 2016 at 10:51 pm

    This is new to me and it is too slow. I keep getting "can't locate page...refresh...try search...
    Also takes a long time for the edge to load up. Hope it improves as I gain more knowledge about it, but for now the whole Windows 10 package is too slow.

  7. Oblen
    June 4, 2016 at 7:50 pm

    The UI kills it. I can see a bunch of reasons why someone would use Edge-it is a great browser-but ultimately the UI poses a serious problem. Why would you create a great product, then discourage people from using it by making the UI terrible? I can see how it would work great on a tablet or a smartphone, but that's the most infuriating part of it all; if you aren't using a touch device, the UI holds you back. Everyone, from Microsoft to Google, to independent web designers, are developing a "touch first" user interface, even if their majority users aren't on a touch device. Instead of having touch interfaces emulating desktop ones, as they previously did, they're doing the opposite, instead of keeping both worlds separate as they should. Its infuriating, it leads to bad UX, and ultimately no one wins.

  8. Kristijan Puljek
    May 29, 2016 at 9:29 am

    11. Supports 1080p Netflix. Painful truth for us Linux users.

  9. Rob de Koter
    May 28, 2016 at 1:37 pm

    The rendering of photo's and pdf files is poor, under certain circumstances, like when a photo has to be sized down the rendering is actually very poor.

  10. DonWell
    May 28, 2016 at 12:24 pm

    I am a HUGE Edge fan. If you wanna have Win 10 barebones & split your work from personal surfing then the Edge & IE 11 combo work nicely especially for me because I am FORCED to use a work website which is Adobe Flash based so the way Microsoft handles the Flash on/off toggle options & non-PPAPI plug-in option via their sandboxed Edge TAB's & OS rather than Flash browser plug-in design is the best you can get now & for the foreseeable future IMHO.

  11. dug
    March 31, 2016 at 4:39 am

    It is interesting in that they didn't even mention Bing. or Live search or what other loser thing they have created. I really wish Apple would move along with real business machines so I can just cut the cord with microsoft.

  12. heschelpop
    March 30, 2016 at 3:55 am

    I agree with all of the things in this article especially security, but by the same token, the UI was designed by someone in the fourth grade. The lack of management functionality around favorites is a massive, unbelievably massive oversight. The inability to organize them and worse, the mind numbing inability to simply be able to export and share them easily like in IE is almost as if the developers said Windows 10 is too good, we need to f it up in some way - otherwise no one would have a reason to hate us even though our products are light years ahead of everyone, this will keep apple, google, aws relevant - what can we do that would be so profoundly infuriating but also somewhat benign at the same time.... I got it!

  13. heschelpop
    March 30, 2016 at 3:51 am

    all the things

  14. jeff
    March 29, 2016 at 11:47 pm

    edge sucks, its slow as a 7 year itch.it always stops working. i use pale moon, 10 times faster than edge

  15. duke6024`
    March 29, 2016 at 5:34 pm

    if it is so great why was i trying to change the browser not user friendly

  16. douglas g erb
    March 27, 2016 at 10:18 pm

    So, bottom line..wait for the extensions

  17. Julie
    March 27, 2016 at 2:59 pm

    I stopped reading after "They done this in multiple ways." If you can't even formulate a proper sentence, I sure as hell don't trust you to critique an application. What are you, twelve? And unless you do have a touch screen and the time to learn an entirely new browser, Edge is a nuisance. Chrome can go jump, too. I'll stick with Firefox and IE. As jonathanok100 stated, all of the features are already there, and I don't have to hunt them down.

    • Nick
      March 29, 2016 at 5:38 pm

      Is this a joke Julie? Editors on this website are constantly creating new content and (obviously) some times they slip up and errors come through. I came here as well as you to be convinced to jump shit to the new Edge but I was actually willing to read the article. Personally, I love my extensions and can't imagine not having them but wouldn't discredit the whole article because they forget two letters in a conjunction!

  18. Christopher Kidwell
    March 27, 2016 at 11:46 am

    The only thing that I personally dislike about Edge is that with some websites that load multiple HTML5 video ads (Wikia, I am looking at you!) the browser locks and slows to a crawl. That needs to be fixed but I feel it is more a Wikia needs to fix things than a Edge needs to fix things.

  19. Dennis
    March 25, 2016 at 4:12 pm

    I use Dashlane so I do not use Edge and will not use Edge until Dashlane is able to work with Edge.

  20. jonathanok100
    March 25, 2016 at 4:20 am

    What's funny is that all Microsoft had to do was give Internet Explorer a new name and a more-cluttered UI (yes, Internet Explorer had an EXTREMELY clean interface in Windows 8.1- people don't realize that because they never even tried using it), and suddenly it's "revolutionary" and vastly improved. The overwhelming majority of the features that the Edge browser has (and many more) were already in Internet Explorer, like reading mode, reading list, and extensions. It became faster than Chrome in Windows 8, too, so I promptly deleted that crapware (though it took several tries to get it to stop re-installing itself and that god-awful Google Toolbar adware). But since people are apparently unable to comprehend the idea that a once-lackluster product can become better than the competition over time, I guess Microsoft made the right call in pretending it's an entirely different product.

    • Brad
      March 25, 2016 at 7:17 pm

      This post is a great example of partisan sniping for the sake of partisan sniping, and without any actual factual basis.

      Edge is not IE with a new name. Edge was developed, from the ground up, as a whole new browser. It is built on a completely new engine, doesn't support ActiveX, doesn't support Microsoft's legacy MSHTML, and is designed to be 100% WebKit compatible.

      So no, this is not an example of "Microsoft making the right call in pretending it's an entirely new browser". It is an entirely new browser.

  21. constitutionalbeliever
    March 25, 2016 at 2:14 am

    It is crapware. Further more, it will not even connect to Microsoft's on sites to renew Office 365 subscriptions. Microsoft's resolution is to download and install Google Chrome for for the purpose of renewing an Office365 subscription. YES! Microsoft requires its arch nemesis' web browser in order to receive payment for Office because Microsoft's own web browser won't even load Microsoft's web pages.

    • Christopher Kidwell
      March 27, 2016 at 11:44 am

      Proof or you are just spouting sour grapes. From what I have seen, Microsoft supports Edge renewal of Office365 memberships.

  22. hauger1
    March 23, 2016 at 3:18 pm

    The latest upgrade for Win 10 doesn't let close Edge, unless I use Task Manager of End Task. I have two applications that will not work with Edge, only IE.
    I'll stay with IE; maybe it's old, but it's reliable.

  23. Rick Laviolette
    March 21, 2016 at 6:48 am

    I may have to give EDGE another try. Maybe my luck will change. I loaded Windows 10 and shut off the Edge browser because I didn't like the Bing search engine leading me to the same sellers over and over, and tried to shut down the OneDrive that keeps shuffling my photos, documents in 6 PCs to one place. A place online so they can charge me for an ever expanding data base which I do not feel secure knowing clouds are hacked all the time. Windows 10 only crashes once in awhile, then reloads the software and I lose my data. It shut down an operating SD card slot because the W10 was incompatible with older machine's hardware and it is still disabled. So much for loading photos and the picture viewer doesn't allow multiple storage locations without manually setting them up every time I change cameras. (HP DV7) Oh, and media home Center Displays don't work with the system either.

  24. Jesse
    March 20, 2016 at 4:30 am

    And every time you really want to do anything that isn't just plain web surfing you have to use Chrome, FF, or Internet Exploder. So...until it really is functional and will let me use things as simple as a password manager or access secure government sites with my CAC card it can remain completely unused.

  25. wowlfie
    March 19, 2016 at 9:33 pm

    MS probably calls it the 'Edge' because it has the edge on spying on you.....

  26. BILL DAVIS
    March 19, 2016 at 7:35 pm

    HELP !! HELP !! HELP !! HELP !! HELP !! HELP !! HELP !!

    HELLO ,, I THINK AM RUNNING THE NEWEST VERSION 10 , BUT SOME HOW MS EDGE GOT DELETED OR CORRUPTED OR IT IS JUST MISSING ..

    IS THERE ANY WAY THAT I CAN DOWNLOAD MS EDGE AND RE-INSTALL IT INTO MY MS WINDOWS 10 SOFTWARE ??

    I HOPE I DO NOT NEED TO DELETE EVERYTHING ON MY PC JUST SO I CAN HAVE MS EDGE WHEN I RE-INSTALL ALL OF MS WINDOWS 10 ?????

  27. Adam
    February 9, 2016 at 5:24 pm

    > Edge Start Page.
    As always start my web browser from a local html@hdd, Edge seems lost my using.
    Plus: Edge seems no way to view any saved html-files locally?

    - Appreciate in advance if any can help tell: How Edge to see local html files?
    Not mention it's still as poor IE:
    1) Fail to type via "data:text/html, " on addr-bar!
    2) Chrome/FF allow show almost any type of files, not only html ! :P

    I prefer windows.OS to any others(eg. iOS...etc.), though. LOL~~

    • Adam
      February 9, 2016 at 5:29 pm

      data:text/html, ?html contenteditable?
      Above on addr-barf@Chrome/ff allows typing/paste anything within the empty page. ^_^

  28. Dan McGovern
    January 23, 2016 at 12:09 am

    No icon only Favorites Bar is a deal breaker.

  29. m98
    January 22, 2016 at 10:34 pm

    i dont know what number this article is but ive seen over the past months tons and it started out as edge not that great...others better to now its better...its not...but try it see what you think...

  30. John Gardner
    January 15, 2016 at 4:27 pm

    Edge is fast but to me this is way less important than functionality. I like Edge's minimalist design (and why I left FF) and that is why I like Google Chrome. Security is good compared to IE but I doubt it is really better than Chrome. I still use Chrome and here is why

    1. Everything is synced (bookmarks, extenstions, login, history, all configurable) if you login and you don't have to have a gmail account my wife has an msn account
    2. Useful extensions and web apps
    3. Chrome's bookmark management is excellent and Edge's is pathetic and very difficult to manage.
    4. The annotations are cool, way cool, but lower priority than 1-3 above
    5. Reading list is cool, way cool, but not as important as 1-3

    All other points, in my opinion, are satisfied by Chrome.

    • Brad
      March 25, 2016 at 7:10 pm

      I've been a Chrome true believer for years. It started out lean and clean, and I do love its native integration with various Google services. And I love the ability of Chrome to sync across my desktop and phone browser. But Chrome has become a victim of its own functionality. All of those things that I love so much come with a cost. That cost is that Chrome has become such a CPU/Memory/Battery hog that I've reluctantly abandoned it on my Surface. Edge is speedy and clean, and doesn't drag the whole machine to its knees.

      I have every expectation that as soon as extensions are enabled (actually are in the latest fast ring build), and additional functionality gets rolled in, Edge will start to slow down, and will start to eat RAM, and will go the same way that every browser does as it matures. But we should be able to enjoy it for a few years!

  31. VC
    January 15, 2016 at 2:01 am

    Reason 1 :

    "......Other independent testing found that Chrome was still slightly faster than Edge when it came to “real-world” loading of pages, but that as soon as a couple of extensions were installed Edge became the number one"

    Reason 10 :

    "The bad – there are no extensions at the moment. The good – they’re coming...
    ...
    ....They are expected to start becoming available from Autumn."

    Isn't reason 10 for Chrome that reason 1 is talked about as Edge's scoring point ? if yes, then one of these must not be a reason at all which makes the total reasons to be just 9. :)
    or am I missing something ?

  32. Jeremy
    January 12, 2016 at 2:21 pm

    I manually removed my Cortana. Can't use search bar, but at least I know "the man" can't profit off of me anymore. Also removed a series of other programs by microsoft (microsoft store) that kept freezing my internet every other minute. NOW its a good O/S.

  33. Neelansh Mathur
    January 11, 2016 at 2:23 pm

    I have always used Google Chrome. I tried Edge when newly upgraded to windows 10. At first look I thought it wad copying chromes user interface. I still use chrome and edge is just a side browser.

  34. paul
    January 10, 2016 at 8:49 am

    Slower than chrome on my computer, bitty extras look good when you watch people bigging them up on the net but arent really needed for me, the trouble with all websites now is they let people get used to using them so they can use them comfortably and efficiently the change them...why?

  35. Robert Miles
    January 9, 2016 at 7:54 pm

    I tried Microsoft Edge, and am still using it for some purposes, but prefer Mozilla Firefox for most purposes. My collection of saved links has around 30,000 entries, and importing this list into Microsoft Edge made it one very long list instead of copying the folder structure I used in first Internet Explorer, then Mozilla Firefox. This left no good way to find links within the very long list, so I now use Microsoft Edge only for purposes that don't use this list. The last version of Internet Explorer I used had a lesser problem with folder structure; if you let the total number of folder exceed 999, it started emptying some of the folders without any warning to the user until enough lower level folders were among the deleted items that only 999 folders were left. In other words, Microsoft browsers are not a good choice for users who want to save very large collections of links.

  36. Mike Shrout
    January 7, 2016 at 2:14 am

    Well, I just go t a new computer with Windows 10 and Edge was working fine at first. The second day Edge quite working. I try to open it and it opens and then closes. I went online and there were a few "Fixes" for the problem but they did not work. Evidently this has been a problem since July 2015. So where is Microsoft? No help from them to fix. So I went back to Chrome. Very happy now.

  37. Jennycat
    December 29, 2015 at 6:53 pm

    What I miss most on Edge is the Classic Toolbar. I do print a lot from that and also miss the Save Feature and ability to use the View Feature. Why is that not on Edge?

    • John Robbins
      January 7, 2016 at 4:23 am

      Same for me--Please Microsoft, return the Classic toolbar to Edge. Copying a picture from the web and printing it is impossible.
      John

  38. Dan
    December 28, 2015 at 9:34 pm

    My friend purchased Win 10 and starting using Edge. He reports that several sites he frequents are no longer rendering properly. One site runs the forum XMB, which Edge is failing to render properly.

    So no. No Edge for me. If it won't render legacy web pages properly, you can keep it. My business clients (I am a web designer and developer and hosting company, among other things) will be advised to avoid Edge and migrate to Firefox or other browser.

  39. Mike Dougherty
    December 28, 2015 at 2:54 am

    I have WIN 7 Pro loaded on numerous computers but didn't want to upgrade to WIN 10 on a WIN 7 PC so purchased a Surface 3 128 GB with WIN 10 already loaded. Edge seemed to work fine but, as another poster already mentioned, setting up and using "favorites" is not very intuitive. Back to Chrome. I also noticed that the new WIN 10 interface is mostly "crap-ware" on steroids. Do people actually use all that stuff and why's it taking up space on my limited SSD. I've been using computers for decades and already know what I want on the computer instead of Microsoft telling me what I want.

  40. jdawgnoonan
    December 27, 2015 at 11:10 pm

    Microsoft is late to the game on multiple of the items that you listed as features that should make users choose Edge. I like Edge, in fact I am using it write now. But Reading Mode and Reading List have existed on other browsers for years. And they have always been independent apps as well that offered superior security. This article was dumb. Edge is good, like I said, I am using it, but please be honest or at least know what you are talking about please.

    • jdawgnoonan
      December 27, 2015 at 11:11 pm

      right now not write now.....sorry

  41. bob
    December 24, 2015 at 7:39 pm

    Tough to manages favorites. Easy to add, but tough to move around and reorganize once they are on the list. Help functions pretty much useless.

  42. Chuck
    December 24, 2015 at 4:41 pm

    After Reading all of the above comments, I'd say the Only Way, Microsoft is going to not lose it's Customer Base to Mac, is to go back to basics. People a inheritly distrusting of the Big Brother mentality that Microsoft is currently using.
    Start out with a OS that is a cross between Win XP and Win 7. Then build stand alone products that you can buy out-right and are stored on your PC, with a disk or USB source, so you can reinstall them without having to call support.

  43. BigKingBud
    December 23, 2015 at 9:39 pm

    It doesn't work. I bought a brand new tower with Windows 10, and I used edge for about a month, I had to switch back to chrome(as I always have with windows.)

  44. Wes
    December 22, 2015 at 4:52 pm

    Many websites don't recognize Edge as a valid browser, and I have to revert to Explorer or Firefox. The Topsites feature does not populate properly.

  45. Jeff C
    December 21, 2015 at 11:40 pm

    Paid advertisement or article?

    Compare a browser with no extensions/add-ons to a browser with extensions/add-ons blocking all the garbage for speed and security.
    The winner won't be the bare browser.

    You may complain about me using an ad blocker and a script blocker, but I avoid a lot of malware and crashes and get faster browsing by doing it.

  46. none
    December 16, 2015 at 5:37 pm

    It's pretty much unusable. For years IE had the most friendly approach to controls: a menu with words. This was replaced with a random scramble of heiroglyphics scattered and hidden.

    On top of that, it lacks a search box, which makes it significantly inferior to Firefox, which does have one.

  47. Charles
    December 16, 2015 at 2:00 am

    I wanted to like Edge, but it was so hard to navigate and difficult to understand it's logic that I pretty much abandoned it for my trusty Chrome. The single feature that makes it a non-starter for me is the lousy Favorites filing and control. I have no interest in scrolling down my entire history to find the Favorite I want to access. Too often Microsoft gets all balled up in their ability to do something that they forget why people use browsers and what about them most people find useful. If I can't get back to the Favorite I saved last time or 6 months ago because it is not saved to a particular file or sub-file of my own definition, it is nothing more than a useless gadget. Until M<S comes up with a feature like Bookmark Manager in Chrome, it's hasta la vista baby for me. Sorry.

  48. DR Edwards
    December 15, 2015 at 11:39 pm

    It's absolutely horrible. Do not fall for this bull.

  49. Joseph
    December 11, 2015 at 6:00 pm

    This article is very... sponsored.

  50. Exposo DeClone
    December 7, 2015 at 7:05 pm

    Edge is garbage. It's filled with useless features. It has a childish front end. I have to mouse around too much to do basic things like go to one of my favorites. I will use IE as long as possible and then go to Firefox or if necessary, Chrome.

  51. Yuse
    December 5, 2015 at 1:17 am

    your headers are misleading. It is not that fastest nor the first to allow you to draw on webpages.

    Maxthon has had that feature for yers. Also, nitro is the fastest browser, check the benchmarks. :)

  52. ECG
    December 4, 2015 at 11:35 am

    Edge is unequivocally faster than Chrome. Reader mode is a joy as it strips away all the crapvertising you find cluttering up the Internet now. Turn on Task Manager right after your computer starts up and and watch how many Chrome processes hog the computer compared to Edge. If I had one extension for my pw manager I would uninstall Chrome.

  53. ML
    December 3, 2015 at 11:08 pm

    It was great at first... then started to slow after a few days, my guess some cache issues... then I would try and load pages back to back with Chrome.. Chrome won the battle. Again, Edge was amazing early on. But it does need extensions. The biggest issue, the last Windows update or "upgrade". Now images, whole Web pages overlap text, video, and images on certain pages. I thought it was just my PC then had 3 other people I had defaulted over to Edge tell me the same issue. I've since switched everyone back over the Chrome. Sad. These seem like issues they could have been easily seen. I use Edge once in a while after I see a story about a fix.. or "New Version" that is "supposed to be improved".

  54. Grege
    December 3, 2015 at 10:29 am

    Here is why I stopped using Edge on the second day after installing Windows 10, IT is as big a pig of a browser that Internet Explorer was. My system ground to a halt when I used Edge with the CPU at 100%. After closing Edge and opening up Chrome with the same windows the CPU utilization is down to 30%.

    Microsoft Edge is nothing more than the same old broken browser that is the resource hog that IE was. If Microsoft abandoned the old code base and built a new a browser then they built a new pig to replace the old pig that nobody wanted to use.

  55. Robert Dinse
    December 2, 2015 at 10:21 pm

    Why I won't be using Edge, I've abandoned WhenBlows altogether. Got tired of the bugs, viruses, malware, lack of speed, lack of security, NSA back doors, went to Ubuntu Linux, it flies.

    Some of my customers still use WhenBlows, Edge sucks. No way to install extensions means that a sizable portion of the web is inaccessible to Edge users.

    I don't know how you measured speed, but my experience with it was something along the lines of a turtle stuck in molasses.

  56. Larry
    December 2, 2015 at 4:01 pm

    No extensions in Edge, especially no password manager extensions, is a deal breaker. Until Edge allows these and other extensions, I'll stick with Chrome.

  57. Cody
    November 30, 2015 at 11:35 pm

    I have edge on my computer with the latest i7, 8 GB RAM, 1 TB SSD, etc. On this computer I used edge and rendered pages fast, the only problems were edge suddenly freezing when continued after sleep mode, and sometimes randomly closes. With Microsoft's November update, not only were those problems fixed, but the speed of the browser was noticeable and was smooth. I use Internet Explorer for testing of HTML files, but wouldn't recommend it for browsing the internet, for browsing, I recommend Microsoft Edge.

    For security, this depends on your network settings as well as firewalls. This includes the software, but Microsoft Edge is one of the most secure browsers I have ever used. Your only concerns should be elsewhere.

  58. Mark Moore
    November 30, 2015 at 3:20 pm

    Afraid I am about ready to give up on Edge having used it since Windows 10 official release. Installed the a bespoke Hosts file to get around the lack of adblock (though I shouldn't have to) but after 3 months of frequently having to revert to Firefox to use addons, or IE because "Edge recommends I use IE instead to open this page) along with some serious flaws such as not working with its own OneNote software properly, allowing scripts to completely hijack the browser, and now I discover extensions are pushed back to 2016.
    Enough is enough

  59. SB
    November 29, 2015 at 9:42 pm

    Check your spelling in the headline. "It's" means "it is." The possessive form of "it" is "its." Mistakes like that make your piece look amateurish.

    • tom
      December 1, 2015 at 4:27 pm

      make or makes?

      • John Fitzgerald
        December 7, 2015 at 1:00 pm

        "make". If it were "mistake", singular, then it would be "makes".

        "A mistake like that makes your piece look amateurish."

        "Mistakes like that make your piece look amateurish."
        ---
        "It makes use of"

        "They make use of"
        ----

        There are other words where this rule applies.

        I find this odd, the "s" just changing which word it ends.

  60. JD
    November 26, 2015 at 11:57 pm

    Let's face it, the current state of online advertising is such that browsing the internet without an ad blocker of some kind just simply isn't feasible. Microsoft shouldn't expect a significant number of Edge users until that's addressed via extensions.

    This issue aside, after first upgrading to Win 10, I attempted to use Edge but quickly realized it wouldn't be possible when I imported my bookmarks and saw that they are reordered into reverse chronological order by default, with no way of changing this or rearranging them without manually dragging/dropping each one into place.. a task which would take hours or days for someone with a decent amount of bookmarks.

    Then there are the obvious "basics", just the simple menu-type options which all browsers have been equipped with since the beginning of the internet. I'm honestly not sure what in the world they were thinking with this...

  61. War Eagle
    November 26, 2015 at 2:34 am

    The comments are actually more informative than the article (??????)

    • cambeul41
      November 30, 2015 at 8:45 pm

      That is often the case.

  62. ray harber
    November 25, 2015 at 1:49 pm

    I put 10 on my desktop and wish I had never done it.it is the slowest thing Microsoft has ever had.its full of bugs and spys on you all the time.90% of the updates are just useless crap.edge is so slow its almost going backwards.the worst thing is once you install 10 your computer is no longer yours its controlled by Microsoft.I ended up takeing my harddrive to have it erased and put 8.1 back on it.you can get the right hacks online to fix 8.1 to keep is secure and safe.

    • Ed
      November 26, 2015 at 12:05 pm

      Ray,

      Interesting experience you had. I installed Windows 10 on my 12 Year Old Dell XPS 410 (Yes I had Upgraded the RAM and the Video Card; I did not over clock the CPU). Once I ran the upgrade the machine ran like it came right out of the box (brand new). Talk about surprised. As for the "spying" just spend a few minutes turning off the 'privacy invaders'. As for the browser, I have not used IE since version 7 and will not use MS Edge. I use a variant of Firefox (Ice Dragon).

  63. Jeff Lang
    November 25, 2015 at 3:31 am

    Edge still does not render SSRS report sites or reports correctly. Completely useless in a SQL Server reporting services environment.

  64. John
    November 22, 2015 at 7:12 pm

    No AdBlock+ for Edge? No way I'm using Edge. How's that for minimalist?

  65. Rob
    November 20, 2015 at 3:31 pm

    Your 10 reasons ignore the hundreds of reasons to NOT use Edge including technical issues behind the scenes that users never know about and web developers hide from you cause it's not your problem. If developers didn't fix them, you'd be aware of them, and you'd never use Edge again.

  66. MG Cooper
    November 20, 2015 at 1:16 pm

    I depend on the Evernote Clipper extension to the point that I simply cannot imagine using a browser that doesn't have the elephant icon it in the toolbar. I know, I know ... this is likely an Evernote issue, but all the same I HAVE to stick with Firefox and/or Chrome. Otherwise, I LOVE the speed and minimalism of Edge. - MG

  67. Hylian Likely
    November 20, 2015 at 11:56 am

    I know it's you, IE.... <.<

  68. Larry K
    November 19, 2015 at 5:10 pm

    As of 11-11-15 Win Updates for IE 11 (KB3100773) has caused scripting to not work on Neweggs secure checkout so I have to use Chrome. Just another reason not to upgrade to Win 10.

  69. Bill (not Gates) User
    November 18, 2015 at 3:42 am

    Windows Upgrades are perfect examples of The Peter Principle.

  70. BobOnTampaBay
    November 18, 2015 at 12:22 am

    The ability to organize "Favorites" is almost non-existant. Import them from your old browser is simple, BUT the menu bar is totally disorganized...and i'ts difficult to reorganize them

  71. Chris
    November 17, 2015 at 2:07 am

    I like Edge for identifying the kind of browser that I would like to use but never could bring myself to use. It's still bug ridden in terms of performance. I have forms/fields that don't populate correctly, pages often take 3-4x the normal time to load compared to Chrome and even Firefox, some media plugins don't work correctly. I'm sure with the Threshold 2 update to Windows 10 it's a bit better, but I noticed the performance problem still existing within a minute of opening it back up.

    Edge isn't quite ready for primetime and I have to stick with Chrome because IE11 isn't being supported anymore going forward, at least not truly supported.

  72. Ivan Pelypenko
    November 16, 2015 at 10:40 am

    Incompatibility with Java makes edge useless. Even though Microsoft asked users to give EDGE a chance, users are still using EDGE same way as they used IE -- just to download Firefox or Chrome. Just look at the stats on W3C, out of all users that upgraded up to Win 10 only tiny part of them are using EDGE:
    http://hitech-us.com/articles/entry/34/OS-and-browser-stats---October-update

  73. Garth
    November 15, 2015 at 10:35 am

    For a practical issue, I had to go back to IE11. One cannot print directly from a page on Edge without having to save it first--very unproductive. If one right clicks to access options, one only gets a limited box offering to open code. Obviously, some developer forgot to erase his tool before offering Edge as a viable tool for the rest of us. This is unacceptable for those who use corporate online systems or PDFs. Only IE11 seems to support this.

  74. Jon
    November 14, 2015 at 11:03 pm

    I try and go to a web sight and get told it can't be accessed. The other day it was Facebook. Now it works. Been having this problem for some time with other sights. Firefox shows that they do work. Can not find out why. Forums not helpful.

  75. Juan
    November 13, 2015 at 11:30 pm

    Lets say that this is the best browser ever (never bur for the sake of argument). Edge is doomed to failure and dead on arriv for one simple reason: IT ONLY WORKS ON WINDOWS!!!! MICROSOFT WHEN WILL YOU LEARN? IS 2015, NOT 1996

  76. Phil Sisson@consolidated.net
    November 7, 2015 at 2:42 pm

    I still havent accepted Win 10. I tried it then went back to Win 7.... if MS cant offer anything better, then i will buy an Apple next time.

  77. Joey Bowles
    November 5, 2015 at 12:04 am

    If you need extensions sooner than April, I suggest you sign up for the Windows Insider program. You will get access to the preview builds which are generally updated once per month. Not sure when you will see the first build of Edge with extensions, but I would guess Jan/February.

  78. Joey Bowles
    November 5, 2015 at 12:02 am

    I really do like Edge and think it is off to a good start for a V1 product. It is stable. It is fast. It renders properly. It seems secure. The tab preview feature is cool and so is the speaker icon on a noisy tab.

    My issues are:
    1. No extensions as started 1000 times. I don't use many but I would like an AdBlock extension. Firebug would be nice too.
    2. The Inspect Element feature is obviously V1. Not as good as FireBug.
    3. I use the dark theme and there is not enough contrast between tabs.
    4. I really dislike the autohide of the address bar.
    5. There is no ability to mute a specific tab.

    I am disappointed the November update won't address these shortcomings but I will keep it in my "Browser rotation" and give it a closer look in April when Redstone is released.

  79. Peter Hamlin
    November 3, 2015 at 11:00 am

    I've never been a one-browser guy. I'm using Chrome, Firefox and Edge more or less equally on my Windows devices and Safari and Chrome split equally on the Macs I use at work.

    I like each browser for different reasons and don't settle on only one.

    But since I use both Windows and Macs, it's important for me to have shared bookmarks on both platforms, so Firefox and Chrome will always have the upper hand.

    But I do like the uncluttered looks and speed of Edge, and am drawn to it quite a bit. When extensions come (especially Last Pass), I'll be using Edge a lot more.

  80. Jim
    November 2, 2015 at 4:32 pm

    Number 10 discredits your article entirely. Edge doesn't have extensions "NOW" (won't get them until 2016) and that makes Edge a total fail. Even when extensions become available, I suggest users wait a few months until MS fixes most of the bugs.

  81. R.S. Rawding
    November 1, 2015 at 3:29 pm

    Explorer - BY ANY NAME - is a bloated, POS. When is Micro$haft going to realize that there are BILLIONS of Power Users now - now matter what kinds of wrapping paper and ribbons you put around garbage, it is still garbage: it smells bad, it is loaded with bugs (i.e. flies), and is cast away because it is useless.

    C'mon you Miscro$haft - stop making the "Edge" users beta testers AND finally get a product to market that will be used....

    Remember Microsoft Bob???

    :-(

  82. Tim Jones
    November 1, 2015 at 2:01 pm

    Windows 10 is a POS! I downloaded it a couple of months ago and immediately afterwords I kept getting booted off the internet. The only way to recover was by rebooting the system. Called tech support and after waiting for what seemed forever, they did some techie stuff and said that should fix my problem. Worked for about a day and then started back again. Called again and this tech told me to restore back to Win 7 because they were having lots of issues and that I should wait for a couple of months till they get the bugs worked out. Not going to happen! My next computer will be an Apple.

  83. Davíd Widdershins Cobb
    October 29, 2015 at 11:31 pm

    "Sponsored by Microsoft" - this makes anything and everything in this article biased.

    Edge is related to IE, which is enough of an excuse to not use it. Unfortunately, as well, it is heavily intertwined inside Windows 10. Those strong negatives aside, here's its main killer: speed.

    It doesn't top Chrome or Apple's Safari in terms of speed--not even close. Safari even running on a 5 year old Mac opened pages faster than Edge on a new computer. Scrolling isn't smooth, either.

    And speaking of Windows 10, I'm not liking all this Xbox stuff everywhere. I don't play Xbox. I don't want it all over my computer. It's nothing but bloatware to me. Even after deleting every trace of anything in relation to Xbox I could find in Windows 10 I can still feel it lurking in the background whispering in my ear, "go out and buy an Xbox One. Like, do it now."

    Besides Xbox and Edge, Windows 10 is quite awesome.

  84. Ralph Belfort
    October 27, 2015 at 10:22 am

    I downloaded windows 10 on Monday, Tuesday I had to reinstall the OS, cause it crashed completely, won't dare mess with ME..

  85. August Coke
    October 27, 2015 at 9:08 am

    I don't know what EDGE he is using, but the one on my computers is nothing but a freeze program. When I click on IE, EDGE takes it over and locks up the computer. I have to go to task manager to turn it off to use the computers. The whole Windows 10 thing has been a real joke.

  86. Richard Douglass
    October 26, 2015 at 10:32 am

    I do not like the fact that Edge does not have File Menu Options. Getting those functions done are more difficult than Explorer. Then, My McAfee did not like Edge... It asked me to re-establish Explorer as the Default Browser....

    Please Put the Menu Bar Back!

  87. Princess Mobus Gochfulshigan Dorphin
    October 21, 2015 at 2:32 pm

    10 reasons you should use Microsoft's product, by Microsoft

  88. Tim Banting
    October 19, 2015 at 2:24 pm

    I tried Edge- I like the ability to export to a Reading List; however, I want to be able to tag my reading list like I do in Readability.

    I see little use for annotating pages- I would usually take a screen capture. Without an add-in for Inoreader I wouldn't swap from Chrome.

    I need to be able to have some way of monitoring my RSS feeds for news and articles, save them away with a tag, and then read them later.

  89. dorisnal
    October 15, 2015 at 5:01 pm

    I just read this article (10 reasons to use Edge) and I did not read a single compelling reason to do so. I will, therefore, continue to use Firefox... as I have for a number of years.

    I have installed W10 (in-place) on my desktop and three of my laptops and, for the most part, like it. I was a little dismayed when it replaced my drivers with Microsoft's generic drivers on my wife's Gateway Netbook. The W10 install did NOT recognize the wifi adapter in her netbook and did NOT install any driver for it; that, of course, denied me internet access until I found/transferred/installed the correct one using one of my other PCs. Then I had to find/install the correct display adapter driver (Microsoft's "best driver" stretched my screen like someone had written on a balloon) so that I could read the screen and do what needed to be done. The simple fact: W10 installed only six "good" drivers; it did NOT install a wifi driver of any kind and it left me with 17 out-of-date and/or poorly functioning drivers. I used http://www.drivertoolkit.com to correct all the drivers on this LT3119u; it was fast and efficient and relatively inexpensive.

    Once I had a technically functioning Windows 10 environment I "cooked" it to make it usable.

    I began with the utility Start10 (from http://www.stardock.com) to eliminate that damned "search field" from my task bar and install a "real" Start Button. As an aside: those tiles on the MS Start Menu are a real pain in the posterior... I suspect some arrogant geek at MS has concluded that Windows users are too stupid to read so he/she built the technical equivalent of the "idiot lights" found on a car's dashboard from the 60s. I use Fences 2 (also from stardock) to build an organized, uncluttered and easily managed desktop. Then I removed the "task" and Edge icons from the taskbar, killed off Cortana, installed the mail, music and video applications of MY choice and, finally, went through EVERY Setting screen and turned OFF every "tell mama MS what this here user is doing on HIS computer" option that I could find. Which leads me to desire a utility (that I would gladly pay for) that would reset every "feedback" option, including the ones I'm pretty certain I couldn't find, to "DO NOT SEND" any data or info to Microsoft.

    The end result: I now have the latest Microsoft OS configured the way I WANT IT.

    Unfortunately, since patches and updates are not optional I realize that Microsoft will, at some point, FORCE an update onto MY COMPUTER that will screw it up. When that happens (and it will) I will curse a bit, put my head down and spend valuable time repairing a completely unnecessary technical problem before I can get back to being productive.

    • Alan Frisch
      October 24, 2015 at 11:39 am

      Do you get paid for those product endorsements?

  90. Robert Yeomans
    October 15, 2015 at 10:54 am

    As far as I'm concerned, Edge sucks right now. I try to print and absolutely nothing happens. Chrome and Firefox work just fine. And Firefox just seems to work a lot better for me. So I'm sticking with Firefox unless the bugs get worked out and I see a definite difference from Firefox.

  91. Richard Eckert
    October 11, 2015 at 1:19 pm

    I am a fan of old windows, my first computer was windows 95 my mom bought and I bought windows 98 upgrade SE. I did not like XP, no WW2 Combat flight simulater with a MIDI port, you had to use the new Microsoft expensive joystick. The new windows 10 appears to me for people with cells phones and many other gadjets so that is good. Everyone hated the loss of the icons on the desktop as the tiles are cheap crap, and try accesing you computer,"my computer" to me is a very important thing such as I can see my hardrive size and any other drive plugged in, I don't like releying on some stupid popup which are always slower. I may have to adapt to windows 10 one day, that is progress, usually a cheapening of quality but you get more speed. Try UNISTALLING Windows 10, the one they give away, no way, I pulled the hardrive and killed it in my backup machine and reloaded Windows 7. When they say you can uninstall and don't allow that with "programs and Features" it is if they are lying and that sort of business behavior will probably yield having things like Driver Detective charge you money for free drivers after the gew hoards all of them. Legislation should seize Microsoft's rights to their older operating systems and put them in the public domain for free, with some kind of driver upgrade to adjust to modern internet.

  92. Radford Castro
    October 9, 2015 at 2:06 pm

    Anyone who still wants to run XP and thinks Microsoft as some kind of “evil empire” is way, way behind the times. If you're not into PC gaming and knowledgeable enough to run legacy apps on a VM, just switch to Ubuntu or any of the zillion distros and be prepared to spend extra time managing drivers, finding games, apps, etc. to replace what you normally do on Windows. I triple boot with Win 10, OSX and ElementaryOS. I'm not a big fan of Microsoft but I can recognize when a company is trying to desperately revamp an OS that's trying to get with the times.

    Windows 8 and 8.1 was a disaster but Windows 10 is much better in terms of UX and stability. It still has some snags with very specific apps like Vagrant but it runs everything else without much issue and I can find my way through most things and I've been able to guess where most things are.

    As for Edge, some of the features are decent ideas (e.g. annotate and reading mode) but it is still very behind feature-wise along with some strange omissions like being able to "save target link as...".

    As a developer, I like that I can profile a performance session but not having extensions is a HUGE reason I'm not using Edge. Without it Edge misses out tight integration from awesome cloud services like Lastpass, Dashlane, Pocket, etc.

    Until then, I'll just stick with Firefox, Chrome, Torch, etc.

  93. Extra Mundane
    October 8, 2015 at 12:27 am

    This website is as sucky as Windows 10, I tried to post something and my words just vanished. Like Windows 10, this site is just a frigging waste of time.

    • Dan Price
      October 8, 2015 at 2:37 pm

      Probably an ID-Ten-T error.

      • Donald John
        October 10, 2015 at 1:35 pm

        Dan Shoots.... DAN SCORES!!!!!

        • Dan Price
          October 12, 2015 at 10:07 pm

          Lol

  94. Agnar Smith
    October 4, 2015 at 3:53 pm

    Windows 10 is the worst OS produced by Microsoft. I absolutely hate it.

    • Dan Price
      October 5, 2015 at 3:13 pm

      Why do you feel like that Agnar? Personally I think it's their best effort in many, many years. Possibly ever.

      • Jeff Fitzgerald
        October 10, 2015 at 12:49 pm

        I've been with MS since 3.1. Like any semi-geek, I tried alternatives (BeOS, Linux), but came back to MS after my power user days were over. I've had my ups and downs, but I like 10. Maybe because 8.1 was so godawful that it makes 10 look great. I'm not pleased with the migration, and there are a few features I absolutely hate, but overall, I agree with Dan. This is their best effort in a long, long time.

    • Phil Sisson@consolidated.net
      November 7, 2015 at 2:47 pm

      I agree. I hate it too.

  95. jwcllc
    October 4, 2015 at 3:20 pm

    Yep. Lots of useless hype. I downloaded it as soon as it was available. Hated edge. Was unable to navigate to the system software as well as I liked, basic documents etc. hard to find. Cortana or; whatever it is seemed useless. I have windows 7. After downloading windows 10, I tried it for two days and was very disappointed with it. I deleted it, supposedly, and reverted back to windows 7. Then I did a search and fragments of windows 10 remained as clutter in the background. I will continue with windows 7 until it is no longer supported and then probably get a Macintosh. In stead of improving what they had, it appears they are gearing up for software that one will lease or rent on as needed basis. They should explain why this "free" change is so much better. I hated it. All the positive comments must be Microsoft plants.

  96. The Master
    October 4, 2015 at 2:55 pm

    You can bet it wont work on XP and has the XP install blocked.

    • Dan Price
      October 5, 2015 at 3:13 pm

      Why would you want it work on XP?!

      • Extra Mundane
        October 8, 2015 at 12:22 am

        Because XP actually WORKS whereas Windows 8 and Windows 10 exhibit constant problems which very often present insurmountable obstacles to getting things accomplished. The Windows 8 interface sucked SO BADLY that it was almost completely unusable without installing Classic Shell to get the Start menu back, in Windows 10 they slightly improved navigation but it still SUCKS BIG TIME and everything is a goddamn chore of searching and only rarely finding decent results, and then Googling to find out how others have found the secret hidden keys to doing things. I have been a developer for years and never had any problem installing SQL Server in any of its versions before Windows 8, but oh no, Weendows 10 throws error after error without any useful hint of what's wrong or what needs fixing, and it even blocks you from starting over again. Microsoft Edge is utter garbage, hanging all the time. All the useless crap in whatever they're calling the remnants of the horrid Metro interface is offensive, there's no logic to the default groupings, they've even done away with the little Desktop icon that used to allow you to close all your open windows at once!

        Bottom line, Windows 10 is a HUGE AMOUNT MORE WORK, WASTE OF TIME, AND ABSOLUTE BLOCKER OF PRODUCTIVITY than XP ever was, and Microsoft is digging its own grave by putting out such a crappy OS and expecting people to like it. Like JWLLC said above, all you delusional goofballs praising Windows 10 (without ever saying anything specific!) have to be Microsoft plants. My next project is to figure out what version of Linux I want to load onto a bootable USB drive as a first step to getting my productivity back. F*** YOU, Microsoft.

    • Ed DeGagne
      October 6, 2015 at 12:22 pm

      If you're still on XP, you've already lost.

    • Donald John
      October 10, 2015 at 1:37 pm

      XP?!...... There is no help for you. Please leave the internet.

  97. The Master
    October 4, 2015 at 2:54 pm

    Nope you lost us when the new versions of IE would not work in XP. Its over. You cant just change the name of IE to edge and get us back.

    Firefox works great on all systems including XP.

    If you really want to do something people will support bring back support for XP and release a new service pack.
    I see no point in win10 its so bad you have to give it away but you cant support XP that's nonsense.

    • Dan Price
      October 5, 2015 at 3:15 pm

      "its so bad you have to give it away"

      It's nothing to do with that. It's to try and get more people onto the latest version and off older insecure OSs like XP. That's the biggest reason it won't be backwards compatible - because they don't want people using it on a 15 year old OS.

  98. Simon Paul
    October 4, 2015 at 12:37 pm

    Microsoft.....Why do you when you finally get all the bugs out of an operating system do you "End Support" for it? You get something like XP Pro that is a finished product for REAL computer users and then you start over with junk like win8 and now win10 that you have to give away. I have been using computers since the beginning. Way back when the internet was bulletin board services. Back when, well maybe you forgot how those worked and what they are really designed to be used for. Why not make an operating system for those mindless point and click facebook users and keep a real operating system for those that really need a operating system that does work? With Microsoft the bigger the hype the worst the product is both for usability, privacy, and security.

  99. Martin Groat
    October 3, 2015 at 2:56 pm

    One very compelling reason to avoid Edge....MICROSOFT !!!

  100. John Perilloux
    October 3, 2015 at 12:52 pm

    Will MIDI files work in Edge? I've never gotten them to work in Firefox or Chrome.

  101. Keith Belair
    October 2, 2015 at 10:33 am

    I have to agree with the comment by Rick Hecker. I tried Windows 10 for 2 weeks after the "upgrade". What a joke it is. If you happen to be a reasonably competent computer user it, in a single word, sucks. I felt like I was trying to use some program that had been designed for either 10 year old children or total morons. I use a computer for doing work, real work, not some mindless point and click Social Media or gaming console. Its arrangement of icons and accessibility to REAL materials within the computer is ludicrous! Having to dig through layers of junk to locate a document or a file is just plain dumb. I dumped Windows 10 after 2 weeks and went back to Windows 7. I want a document I open documents pick the one I want and open it. BAM...done. Windows 10, in my opinion, falls into the "what were you possibly thinking" category!

  102. Rick Hecker
    September 30, 2015 at 11:36 pm

    I'll try to keep this simple. Microsoft edge sucks. It is a vary bad, and inadequate version of Goggle Chrome. I tried Win 10 and got rid of it. Win 10 is a social media operating system. Which is fine for phones and Ipads. If you know more about computers than just turning them on and off then it is harder to use, because they hide everything behind the social media garbage.

    • Dan Price
      October 1, 2015 at 4:11 pm

      Hey Rick. I'm not sure I agree that it's "social media operating system". What exactly are you referring to?

    • Ed DeGagne
      October 6, 2015 at 12:25 pm

      Your assessment of Windows 10 is completely asinine. "Social media operating system"? Wow, smh.

  103. JeffandWanda Camp
    September 30, 2015 at 6:26 pm

    My comment is regarding the ad "No Privacy on the Internet". This is an unbelieveable invasion of privacy. Unless I am a convicted criminal my neighbors or even friends have to right to my private life. Especially my past. What if I was the victim of a crime and I don't want the world to know. If I have had a speeding or parking ticket that's nobody's business. But much much worse and dangerous is what if I'm a former battered spouse or child. My abuser can now just hop on this site and find me and once again I am in danger. This site should be closed down. For privacy and safety.

    Now as to Windows 10, I've been debating if I want to upgrade from Windows 7. Windows hasn't put out a decent operating system since XP, and Chrome is the best browser around.
    I'm glad I was able to see what others have to say about Windows 10 and Microsoft Edge. Thanks for the advice. I think for now I'll stick with 7 and Chrome (wc)

    • Dan Price
      October 1, 2015 at 4:13 pm

      "Windows hasn’t put out a decent operating system since XP" I couldn't disagree more. XP is now rose-tinted for a lot of people. It was full of bugs...

      • Ed DeGagne
        October 6, 2015 at 12:26 pm

        Very well said Dan. People keep repeating the same lie, it ignorantly becomes their truth.

  104. Bob Horn
    September 30, 2015 at 3:34 pm

    Windows 10 - you got to be kidding!
    It's been a disaster since I installed it - bad joke!
    I'm now past 30 days and there is no way I can restore Windows 7 without whipping out my data. I should have never switched. :-(

  105. DeWayne Griffith
    September 29, 2015 at 9:44 pm

    There is no reason for any Chrome or Firefox users to try Edge. Quite frankly, it is incomplete an lacking functionality.

    It should have never been released in it's current state. Countless webpages do not format correctly. I considerate to be sub-Alpha test ready, not even close to Beta-test ready.

  106. Ruben De Oliveira
    September 29, 2015 at 5:57 pm

    I installed Win 10 and have been playing with Edge. I like it overall, but it has a MAJOR flaw.

    One thing that I (and a lot of people) liked in IE was the ability to move the Favorites location to the cloud, so no matter where you are, or what device you are using, you always see the same Favorites.

    And - please! - I'm not talking about importing Favorites. Importing is a static procedure, that has to be repeated every time you make a change.

    I'm talking about ONE location for your Favorites that all devices you use can access dynamically, so if I'm at my desktop at work and save something on my Favorites, when I go home and open the browser at my tablet, that new link is already there.

    Edge simply got rid of that feature.

    Welcome back to the 20th century, Edge users!...

    • Radford Castro
      October 9, 2015 at 1:43 pm

      Just use Pocket (getpocket.com). That will solve this very problem. It's free. Works on most browsers (including mobile ones).

  107. Jim Brannan
    September 29, 2015 at 5:52 pm

    I tried Windows 8 and Windows 10. All the hype Microsoft fed me about these were a lie. I have no reason to believe and of this nonsense is true about Edge. A browser is just a way to push your own advertising, and I will have no part of anything Microsoft.

  108. Ruben De Oliveira
    September 29, 2015 at 5:45 pm

    On the second from last paragraph of Item 9) Coding Support, you list JavaScript as being both in and out.
    So...
    which one is it?

  109. Oswaldo Bellido
    September 18, 2015 at 10:01 pm

    I tried Edge when I upgraded my Gateway laptop to Windows 10. Within Edge, I tried to send an email from my Hotmail/Outlook account with attached files from different folders. It didn't work. So I've remained a Chrome user. I'll wait for some Service Pack to fix that.

  110. clifton stillman
    September 18, 2015 at 7:22 pm

    I went back to Internet Explorer. It's faster & works better for me.

  111. Lou Guay
    September 18, 2015 at 3:54 am

    I'm not very fond of Edge. Installed on my HP Stream 7 Tablet when I updated to Windows 10 about a month ago. I've found Edge is many things, but sadly, not an improvement over IE. If I had to chose one phrase to describe Edge, it would be 'slow and awkward".
    Compared to both Firefox and Chrome on the same tablet, the Edge experience is slower, counter-intuitive, and painfully clumsy. It may be nostalgia, but it feels slower even when compared to IE performance in Windows 8.1.
    "Clutter-free' really means the stuff I need/want to tweak and adjust is now buried two or three more steps down, and I'm finding the organization in Settings is at least as confusing as Internet Options in IE.
    Cortana is a non-starter in my world.
    I agree Reading List and Reading Mode are improvements.
    As far as improved security, Microsoft has promised and failed to deliver on security so many times I am certain we will find they screwed it up again in Edge.

  112. Robert Michaud
    September 18, 2015 at 3:04 am

    Not using edge because it requires UAC to be turned on. Rofl. Everything in Win10 requires UAC to be on so... nah man.

  113. Chester
    September 18, 2015 at 2:43 am

    Dan, be honest... Did someone get a promised a Surface Pro 4 for this article? You listed Cortana as a reason you should be using it and then noted that you don't use personal assistants. Why list it if you don't even use it yourself?

    I haven't tried it, Edge, personally. May be a long time off yet, mostly because I am putting off installing 10 until the last minute. Waiting for all the security opt-outs to be documented. Even then I may dual boot and just use Fedora or Ubuntu as a primary. Better educational opportunity for my young sons anyway.

    Back to the article though. It seriously read like an Apple fanboy gushing over the latest "innovations" papa Tim announced at insert_event_here, sans glazed over eyes. I've read more than enough negatives to dissuade me from even trying it as a core browser for the moment. Some cool features maybe. Article would have been more appropriate had it been titled, "10 reasons you should CONSIDER using Microsoft Edge now". The other is just a bit, I don't know... presumptuous?

    But all that is just my opinion and hell, I haven't even tried it yet. So take that with a grain of salt. For the record, I don't use personal assistants either, don't like them. Do find my 3 yr old son saying, "OK Google, show me a yion(lion)" immensely entertaining.

  114. Rocco Rizzo
    September 17, 2015 at 11:26 pm

    What I like about Edge is that it is optional.. I still use Firefox, which suits my needs fine.
    Edge is just not mature enough, and has too many "undocumented features" as Microsoft likes to say.

  115. Kade Medina
    September 17, 2015 at 6:22 am

    I use Pale Moon (an Open Source web browser forked off from the Firefox/Mozilla code with no Australis) If any one is looking for a good alternative, please feel free to try it here: http://www.palemoon.org/, and if you need some help, don't hesitate to register on our forums and ask way, any questions: https://forum.palemoon.org/ucp.php?mode=register.

  116. Amir Alavi
    September 13, 2015 at 4:25 pm

    I'm running Edge on two systems, one is a low-end asus x44 laptop and I can say that Edge is noticeably faster than Chrome on this laptop. In addition, I'm running this on an old computer running on an Intel G620 cpu and a pesky 2GBs of ram and that's where Google Chrome proves itself as the king of web browsers on such old systems.

    • Dan Price
      September 14, 2015 at 6:24 pm

      Interesting take on old vs new systems Amir. Perhaps there's an article in that!

  117. A41202813GMAIL ..
    September 12, 2015 at 7:05 pm

    If And When It Is Available As An Individual Program, May Be I Will Be Allowed To Test It.

    Not Holding My Breath, Though.

    • Dan Price
      September 14, 2015 at 6:24 pm

      I don't think it'll be a standalone progam for a long time, it's too baked into the OS. Who knows what the future holds though!

      • A41202813GMAIL ..
        September 15, 2015 at 11:01 pm

        IE Is Also Too Baked Into The OS, But Is Available Individually.

        Thank You For Responding.

  118. Steve Dudek
    September 11, 2015 at 9:17 pm

    5) Improved Security

    Improved maybe, but that is not saying much. 3 days after installing Windows 10 and taking EDGE out for a test drive, I got hit with a malware site and it would not let me leave the page or close the browser. After forcefully closing EDGE the web page made itself the default. It wasn't until I hard-booted my PC and ran a third party utility did it function normally.

    I use Firefox with the "No-Script" extension, and I have no issues with these types of sites because bad scripting is blocked. I really wish all browser developers would incorporate this as a default feature.

    • Dan Price
      September 14, 2015 at 6:25 pm

      Ouch... That's a horror story alright. Maybe we'll send an end to this in upcoming releases...

  119. Florin Dm
    September 11, 2015 at 6:46 pm

    I want to tell a - for Edge(that's why im not using it) you can't install ABP

    • Dan Price
      September 14, 2015 at 6:26 pm

      Just remember to whitelist MakeUseOf ;)

  120. Dark
    September 11, 2015 at 1:40 pm

    Personally, I've used edge to see how good it is and though it looks and feels great - it uses WAY to much memory for my taste (I use Maxthon Nitro as my primary and Opera as my backup browser)

    • Robert Michaud
      September 18, 2015 at 3:06 am

      Maxthon Nitro? What is this sorcery

  121. iwasspecial
    September 11, 2015 at 10:39 am

    I have to admit that I really have not use Edge for any lenghth of time after discovering that it does not allow for printing only what is selected/highlited. I don't understand how they could leave out a feature that is available in just about any other browser.

    • Dan Price
      September 11, 2015 at 3:51 pm

      I think it will be included in upcoming releases. I do agree that it's still rough around the edges.

  122. Burhan K?l?nç
    September 11, 2015 at 9:25 am

    MS once won browser wars with IE 6 just because people are so lazy to download a better browser. after that, IE 6 was not improved for years because MS could not pack it into CD's and sell it to millions. A browser should not be dominated by one company (esp. MS) and it should be open source (like firefox, or chromium). Internet is all about sharing. Edge is closed source and works on one OS only. Does not make any sense.

  123. kvn411
    September 11, 2015 at 7:39 am

    Won't use it, simply because it has the preceding MS in it's name.

    • Dan Price
      September 11, 2015 at 3:52 pm

      That's pretty short-sighted!

      • kvn411
        September 20, 2015 at 3:48 pm

        @Dan No Dan, it's not. As Burhan has also said, it is Closed Source and will not run on any version of Linux I use. Quite frankly, there is still too much hype regarding anything that MS does. Give me good software that is open source that will run on Linux and I will install it today regardless of who makes it. Interesting article anyhow.

  124. Jo Mun
    September 11, 2015 at 5:21 am

    Yeah, and with a context menu that gives you just three options--Select All, Inspect Element, and View Source--it's minimalist nightmare.

  125. Matthew Dickinson
    September 11, 2015 at 5:20 am

    i think i would use this if it had ad block already. Untill a few days ago, i well and truly forgot what the web was like without ad block

  126. Matthew Wood
    September 11, 2015 at 4:59 am

    Absolute cra[... JSUT based on the first on the list. I KNEW you wee going to sa that. Clearly getting paid by MS, there s no fn way that ny .. WHAT A BOGUS CORRUPT, MISLEADING ARTICLE..

    FOR ONE. According to Microsoft, Edge is now the fastest browser on the market. In a blog post, they claim that their offering is “beating Chrome and Safari on their own JavaScript benchmarks” ---- OH OH OH, OF COURE.. WE SHOUL.D ALLLLLLL BE USINTG EDGE CAUSE MS SAYS IT I FASTEST.. YOU DRTY SCOUNDEREL

  127. Waffle Wong Yee Ket
    September 11, 2015 at 2:25 am

    It still doesn't work with Java.

  128. fcd76218
    September 10, 2015 at 11:59 pm

    Is Edge finally W3 compliant? Or is Microsoft still rowing against the tide?

  129. Pamela Ryan
    September 10, 2015 at 11:46 pm

    And all my bookmarks in Firefox? Can't import those. I'm sticking with Firefox.

    • likefun butnot
      September 11, 2015 at 3:53 pm

      Third party tools can turn bookmarks into Favorites, which Edge certainly can import.

      That being said, there's absolutely nothing about Edge that makes the switch worthwhile. It's more like a student's first Visual Basic project than a functional tool for looking at web pages. It can't be modified or customized to any meaningful degree and that really does render it useless.

      Right now I'd say it's the second best browser that's installed by default on Windows 10, which should probably tell you everything you need to know about it.

    • Robert Miles
      January 9, 2016 at 8:38 pm

      Pamela, Try using the Firefox version of Lastpass Xmarks to send them to the Xmarks folder, then the IE version to import them into Internet Explorer. Then Microsoft Edge should be able to import then (altough without any folder structure).

  130. Suzanna Pickering
    September 10, 2015 at 11:05 pm

    i will try it again after they add extensions -form fillers =password manager

    • Dan Price
      September 10, 2015 at 11:23 pm

      I think a lot of people feel the same way...

  131. gcat
    September 10, 2015 at 10:19 pm

    I will try it again when they put in the feature of right clicking on the back arrow will give you a list of past pages you visited in that tab.
    Now if you right click on the back arrow you get a little tool tip that says "Back."

    • Dan Price
      September 10, 2015 at 11:23 pm

      Haha, that's funny. Useful tip, no doubt ;)

  132. Luís Felipe Ramos Chalreo de Oliveira
    September 10, 2015 at 10:08 pm

    Cortana should be a reason not to use it

    • Dan Price
      September 10, 2015 at 11:24 pm

      Oh I'm with you. I refuse to engage with any of these personal assistants. Lots of people love it though...

  133. Martin Ferrari
    September 10, 2015 at 9:51 pm

    Lack of extensions and Windows only (no sync between platforms) are deal breakers for me.

    • Dan Price
      September 10, 2015 at 11:24 pm

      Ah - no syncing is a good one, didn't think about that. +1.

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