A Microsoft Edge Review From A Die-Hard Chrome User

Dan Price 29-12-2015

Make no mistake, I am a die-hard Chrome user. I’ve never used (or even installed) Firefox, Safari, Opera, or anything else. I used Internet Explorer up until early 2010, made the switch about one year after Chrome’s initial release, and since then I’ve never looked back.


Perhaps that’s short-sighted and naïve, but I’m happy. I’m heavily invested in the Google ecosystem, so I’ve got all the tools I need at my fingertips, I frequently use a Chromebook The Chrome OS Challenge: A New User's Day on a Chromebook What are Chromebooks like for someone who's used to a Windows or Mac setup? As a newcomer to Chrome OS, I'm here to tell you. Read More (with which Chrome predictably works beautifully), and I know my way around the back-end settings like the back of my hand.

Why, therefore, would I even consider switching to the fledgling Microsoft Edge? Good question. Eventually my curiosity got the better of me, and I took the plunge.

Here are my thoughts.

Set-up is Easy, But Shallow

In one sense, setting up Edge is easy How to Set Up Microsoft Edge, the Default Browser in Windows 10 Microsoft's new Internet browser Edge made its first appearance in Windows 10 Insider Preview. It's still rough around the edges, but sleek and fast. We show you how to migrate and set it up. Read More . It comes pre-installed on Windows 10, so there’s no lengthy download or installation process, and as soon as you fire it up you can start searching and surfing. Windows 10 also makes it easy enough to set Edge as your default browser.

That said, which browsers aren’t like that? If you really want to customize any piece of software to get it functioning exactly the way you want, you need to delve into the settings and advanced settings menus respectively.



In this regard, Chrome excels. Users can dig into endless content settings and data settings, and can customize a number of different user accounts to work within the same browser.

The equivalent settings in Edge just feel a bit – flat. Sure, the basics are there, but the advanced settings lack the necessary oomph to keep a true techy tinkerer happy.

The “Share” Feature Could be So Much Better

Surprisingly, Chrome doesn’t have a native share function. Given how extensive the Google suite of services has become, it could definitely benefit from one.


Therefore, I was excited to test out the new share feature on Edge. There are lots of times you want to share a cool picture or site with a friend, and I thought Edge would help streamline it.

Sadly, it doesn’t streamline things. Yes, the share button is right there at the end of the address bar, but bizarrely you can only share via Windows Store versions of apps that you already have installed on your machine. Although the quality of those apps are improving all the time, it seems very few people are actually using them, especially the productivity apps.


Given the choice of the Windows app or desktop version of Skype, OneNote, or email clients, most people will take the desktop version every time. It essentially makes the share function useless.


You can understand Microsoft’s logic – they are trying force people into using the modern apps. Unfortunately, their policy is just making usability more frustrating than it needs to be.

Microsoft Haven’t Heard of “Right-Clicking”

Right-clicking is such an important part of quick productivity, it seems astonishing that Microsoft have allowed Edge’s context menu to be so threadbare.

On Chrome, I can use the right-click menu to move forwards and backwards, refresh, translate, utilize extensions, and most importantly, open in an incognito window.



Edge offers none of that. As we’ll come to later, there are no extensions, and while you can argue about the usefulness of having browser navigation controls on the context menu, the missing ability to open a link in an incognito window is a huge oversight.

“Reading List” is a Great Feature, But Feels Unfinished

Reading List is undoubtedly cool. I know Safari has offered something similar for a long time, but there is no such feature in Chrome, hence the prevalence of extensions such as Pocket 9 Ways to Get More Out of Pocket Pocket is the ultimate digital bookmarking service out there. Let's find out how to boost your Pocket experience with the right web apps and extensions. Read More .

To be able to save all the documents you want to come back to later without the need for any third-party add-ons is really useful, and the inclusion of a star at the end of the address bar makes adding to the list fast and painless.

The downside is that it will not currently sync to non-Windows devices. There is currently no Edge browser on either Android or iOS, and there is no standalone Reading List app either.

You would like to think that this is on Microsoft’s to do list, because it would make the feature a lot more useful. That said, I’m not holding my breath.

Cortana is Still Rough Around the Edges

I don’t use Cortana (or Google Now) in my day-to-day computer usage. In fact, I have both features disabled on my respective devices. There’s something unappealing and unproductive about yelling at my machine in a bid to make it understand that I want to know what time the new Star Wars film is showing at the local cinema – it’s faster and easier just to type it.

Nonetheless, like a true pioneer I turned on Cortana How to Set Up Cortana & Remove Her in Windows 10 Cortana is Microsoft's greatest productivity tool since Office. We'll show you how to get started with Windows 10's digital assistant or how to turn Cortana off for improved privacy. Read More for the purposes of this test. I had read good things about its integration with Edge.

Sadly, it’s the same story as using much of the Edge browser, and a common theme throughout this article – it could be amazing, but it’s not… yet.

Its supposed benefits, such as telling you when restaurants are open or supplying you with their menu, are inconsistent at best and completely non-functional at worst. On the plus side, I did really like the ability to use Cortana without leaving the site I was currently on.

Lack of Extensions

What exactly does Microsoft have against extensions? The extensions in Chrome 8 Absolutely Brilliant Chrome Extensions That You Should Know About Trying out different plugins is half the fun of using a browser. Here are eight ones for Chrome that I started trying out, and now I won't allow them to leave me. Read More are one of the things that makes it such a productivity powerhouse, but they were non-existent in Internet Explorer and still haven’t made their debut in Edge.

Rumors originally suggested they were going to arrive in November along with the Windows 10 Threshold 2 build An Insider Review of the Windows 10 Fall Update The Windows 10 Fall Update contains many minor improvements, a few feature updates, and a bunch of new settings. We show you what to expect and which default settings you might want to adjust. Read More . They didn’t.


Microsoft does allude to their eventual arrival on their own website, rather cryptically saying “At this time, extensions aren’t available in Microsoft Edge, but we’re working on it for a future update“. It begs the question why this vital part of modern browser usage wasn’t higher on their list of priorities while Edge was in the development phase.

The other huge downside to the absence of extensions is the lack of a functioning ad blocker. There are various workarounds, but users report that they often reduce other functionality within the browser.

Two Final Thoughts

There are two other new features that deserve a mention.

One is the ability to make notes on top of a site, save it, and share in with a friend. I could actually see this being very useful for someone in certain industries and those who have a touchscreen and a stylus. Unfortunately, for me it was almost useless.


Second is the new MSN newsfeed that is displayed when you open a new tab. This is probably my favorite thing about Edge. It’s well-designed, customizable, and has an endlessly-scrolling magazine feel to it.

Conclusion: Unfinished

I certainly wasn’t appalled by what I found in Edge. It’s clear from using it that Microsoft are probably on the right track 10 Reasons You Should Be Using Microsoft Edge Now Microsoft Edge marks a complete break from the Internet Explorer brand name, killing off a 20-year-old family tree in the process. Here's why you should be using it. Read More , and if you keep in mind that this is still the first iteration of the browser, we can presumably expect great strides forward in the future. After all, Chrome wasn’t close to its current quality when it was first released.

Still, at the moment it feels too unfinished to become my main browser of choice. I could imagine it would more than suffice on a Surface tablet or on a Windows Phone, but it lacks the raw usability of Chrome on a laptop or desktop.

Back to Chrome for now, but I’ll leave you with a piece of good news: a Chromium-flavored version of Microsoft Edge is in the works! (Chromium is the open-source project upon which Chrome is based.) You can experiment with the Chromium-based Edge browser with Edge Insider Channels The New Microsoft Edge Insider Channels: All You Need to Know You can try Microsoft Edge with Microsoft Edge Insider Channels right now. What are these developmental channels all about? Read More .

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  1. Denis Flingback
    September 23, 2018 at 11:53 pm

    Microsoft may well be attempting to have us switch from Chrome to The Edge but, one glaring item is sorely lacking - - If one is doing a search &, wants to return to the various alternatives, there is no "Back Arrow" top left as with Chrome. One has to go into History in order to bring the original search page back. And, right there is when I ceased giving The Edge a chance. A small matter but, actually rather unbelievable that the easy ability to go back has been left out. When &, if Microsoft ADDS the missing use of the "Back Arrow" perhaps I'll make another try.

  2. John
    November 7, 2017 at 1:26 pm

    I was flabbergasted to find on my first encounter with Edge that ...

    - the 'e' icon in the W10 Quick launch bar wasn't Internet Explorer, but Edge, so we're being tricked into changing to it
    - and even moreso, that it lacks the capability to display the file list contents of an FTP site which was why I was attempting to use it.

    So my opinion - it's half baked, it will end up like IE, confusing, completely unintuitive and feature poor. But I don't care, I use an alternative web browser.

    Goodbye Edge for me.

  3. Harry Ovett
    October 1, 2017 at 12:36 am

    Stuff it! If it needs to be so intrusive as to demand I use it, it can't be of any value. The best of products need no, or little advertisement- true quality and word of mouth always shines through. ANY INSISTENCE will always meet with resistance (this is the free world after all, not the soviet/Chinese/middle east system). Please Microsoft/Google. Please stop being so extremist in insisting that your system is the only one to use.
    Freedom of choice for the people. No one dimensional soviet style insistence.

  4. Dale McCarthy
    September 11, 2017 at 1:24 pm

    IE was enough to deter me for life! I find it amazing that Microsoft search for some of the greatest brains in the computer world, PHD's are a must i imagine; yet they can't muster up a decent web browser!!! Astonishing really!!!

  5. Travis
    September 5, 2017 at 4:25 am

    Here was a big one for me: no history search in Edge. Booooo! Seems like such a simple thing to implement as well, even if just searching the titles of pages in your history.

  6. Cajun sam
    September 4, 2017 at 8:02 pm

    Edge still allows harmful content from pop ups and does not sandbox puny urls effctively.

  7. Isabel Cuellar
    July 13, 2017 at 3:34 pm

    I find Microsoft Edge to lag just as much as other browsers on my desktop and have constant "freezes" and "Page not responding" instances. I also don't like having to use Bing for searches.

  8. Paul
    July 5, 2017 at 8:39 am

    No comparison made on security. Why not? It's kind of important!

    304 examples of Socially Engineered Malware (SEM) and phishing pages. They found that SmartScreen, a security feature in Edge, blocked 99% of the SEM samples. Chrome blocked 85.8%, and Firefox blocked 78.3%.

  9. Daniel Rutschman
    February 9, 2017 at 9:12 pm

    I compared Edge to Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, and Brave. Edge is by far the slowest, taking up to a minute to load the same web page that Brave loads in less than one second and Chrome and Firefox in less than 20 seconds.

    I have 30 mbps internet, so it's not due to slow download speeds. It's because of all the intrusive activities going on within Edge. It doesn't just show you all the ads on a web page, it's looking through and reporting your browsing history back to the companies whose ads are on the page you're visiting.

    While all those ads are loading and Edge is snitching on you you can't scroll up and down on the page or even navigate to a different page through a link until it's fully done with everything it's doing behind your back. It's basically unresponsive until it feels like it letting you have control of the navigation again.

    I would recommend Edge to all of my worst enemies, just out of spite.

  10. Dave
    January 14, 2017 at 9:59 pm

    I am a die hard Google Chrome user since it's inception. I've tried numerous browsers and still went back to Chrome for its features (HTML5 compliance, extensions, developer tools). But yesterday, I decided to give Edge a try because I was fed up with lag on Chrome, especially on Facebook. Facebook would bring Chrome completely to its knees for some reason on the desktop version (mobile Chrome on Android works fine). Scrolling would bring some very extreme lag that would make the website unusable and at times would also make other tabs lag. To be honest, I wasn't expecting much from Edge but was absolutely surprised at how smooth it is. Scrolling feels awesome and very responsive, like Safari on a OSX, and everything loads super fast. Facebook is a breeze to use on Edge compared to Chrome. The only thing that bothers me is the lack of quality extensions. I'm using the developer version of uBlock, which isn't too bad. I also miss Google Sync that worked with all devices. I really think everyone should give Edge another try. Still waiting to see if battery life is better with Edge, but everything else does work smoother.

  11. JoAnne S
    January 8, 2017 at 11:10 am

    I just downloaded Edge at my husband's suggestion. I have been a Chrome user for many years. Two problems I have with Edge that is going to force me to go back to Chrome. Cut and Paste addresses to create shortcuts on my desktop. I cannot do this in Edge without reading a lot of instructions which I find for me difficult to understand. Some sites I use regularly cannot be made "full page". In my free time I love to do Jig Saw puzzles. The site I use does not honor Edge users with all their bells and whistles which provide me with a lot of relaxation as I work the puzzles. These are not insurmountable frustrations but why should I live with them when all I have to do is once again download Chrome.
    Thank you for the wonderful in depth critique of Edge and Chrome

  12. Hannah
    January 5, 2017 at 11:32 am

    I tested edge because of the reviews I've seen which say it doesn;t drain your laptop battery as fast as Chrome.

    I installed a few extensions, which seemed to be good - the mouse gestures didn't work though.

    I'm a student and was working on an essay, so I sed the browser for some simple seaches. I started by trying to open my uni library web page - A message appeared on the screen which said 'Hmm, we can't reach this page -did you get the adress right?'. I went back to chrome and typed it in and the page opened straight away. I tried and receieved the same message - edge was unable to reach the page.

    I opened on Edge and searched for jstor and was able to access the page. I entered a search for my essay and favourited a few useful items. However, when I then went to the favourites section to re-open a couple of pages, Edge was not able to find any of them!

    Frankly, at this point, I was too frustrated to carry on so I haven't tested any of the other features. The most basic things I need from a browser - open the pages I ask for. Understandable, if I mistyped web addresses, but chrome was able to open them fine.

  13. Joe
    December 30, 2016 at 11:17 pm

    Edge is completely horrible! Don't even waste your time with it. Makes you feel like you have dial up access again. Sad Microsoft can't get there sh!t together and make a decent Internet Browser for their computers. I went back to Chrome and don't EVER plain on going back. #WasteOfTime

  14. gerardo fiedler
    October 28, 2016 at 1:57 am

    I gave Edge a try after having too many interruptions and hang-ups viewing HD streaming content while using Chrome. Astonishing result, almost faultless. Edge is 60 % lighter as Chrome in my PC, as I found out opening Task Manager.

  15. Andrea
    October 24, 2016 at 3:25 pm

    I might have continued to use Mircrosoft Edge (since it was recommended by the computer, and came with it, as Chrome did not) , but my problem when using it was that it lagged quite a bit, I dont have that problem when using Chrome, especially since my signal on my laptop is a full signal, and the laptop being new, there really shouldn't be anything wrong but the browser itself. Also when using the ME web browser, When I would scroll down the page I'm on, the browser would take that page into another window (it was really annoying), and be closed from the other window. I also really dont like to use bing when searching the web, sure I could just look up google and use google in the web browser, but why should I have to go through the extra effort in looking for a different search engine? This being said, I really started to miss Chrome a lot, so I have Chrome installed to the laptop now, and Im not having those problems that I had with the ME browser.

  16. Frank Robinson
    September 23, 2016 at 12:23 pm

    Thank you for the detailed observations. It is appreciated and kept me from having to survey the waters and wasting a lot of time moving from Chrome.
    Windows (we know you are listening) we want to use you, so stop trying to be so overwhelmingly smart. Develop the things we want (right click to drop box of options, quickly sharing without it having to be only Windows devices and Ramming Bing down our throats. When you start doing these types of things I will be the loyal consumer you are looking for.
    BTW- Ask is possibly the most frustrating thing I have ever encountered, Bing is a close second.

  17. Andre Mendes
    September 4, 2016 at 11:03 am

    Edge is freezing and crashing since the anniversary update (Windows 10 version 1607). I use a tablet and it has much smoother scrolling than chrome but this is unbearable.
    Anyone else experiencing this?


  18. Bob Ramage
    September 2, 2016 at 11:34 am

    Edge IS Chrome packaged differently.
    try accessing sky sports with EDGE and you get:
    Sorry, Chrome no longer supports the Sky Go Player. Please try a supported browser such as Internet Explorer, Firefox or Safari.

  19. Joel
    September 2, 2016 at 3:18 am

    The best reason to use Cortana? Notifications across multiple devices. Specifically, Chicago Cubs score notifications. That's all the reason needed - at least, until they blow it in the playoffs yet again. Though, I do believe MS should put in an option to make Cortana more Halo5-ish. She could recommend ways to subjugate humanity in order to save the anchovies whenever you ask for the nearest pizza restaurant, for example. A humor setting of this type would go a long way to making the whole experience more interesting.

  20. Bob
    August 29, 2016 at 9:32 am

    My experience with edge is not desirable. I get pop ups and ads the likes I have never seen before. It causes my AMD quad core processor to choke up and occasionally freeze. How do I uninstall this snoopy sluggish browser.

  21. michael stewart
    August 13, 2016 at 4:14 pm

    Edge for me is a complete disaster - Desktop shortcuts won't work, plus stuff pinned to taskbar can't be accessed. Give me back Internet Explorer. PLEASE !!

  22. fatz2fly
    June 27, 2016 at 9:06 pm

    I decided to give Edge a try after reading the favorable power consumption reports. I am a longtime Android/Gmail user and a Firefox browser. Attempting to set Edge up was a nightmare because I couldn't import bookmarks from Firefox. So, I had to import to Chrome from Firefox and then to Edge from Chrome. Next, the web icons for my favorites didn't import. So, all I had is stars on my bookmark toolbar in Edge. The web icons transferred in about half the cases, once I went to each website. The other half are still stars. So, I have to add a name to the star, cluttering up my favorites bar. And, I can't edit the favorites website data in Edge like I can in Firefox or Chrome. To make matters worse, I can't sync favorites between Edge on my desktop and Edge on my laptop without signing into an Microsoft account on Edge. So, as a gmail/gcalendar/gcontacts person, Edge does me no good at all. I am not going to switch to msn or hotmail, as I wouldn't be able to sync with any of my android devices. Microsoft has a long way to go before I will be an Edge convert.

  23. Bhaskar Mitra
    June 23, 2016 at 11:34 am

    It seems Microsoft made new browser with almost similar looking as explorer and still can't get out of his explorer faculties like tek to MSN or Bing as default search engine,may be these things are connected with their company policies,Okay but by making a new browser what they added value to us,speed nope because mili second speed not matter much and in truth still that are slower than chrome,battery saving may be ut their claim is slightly doubtful to me.Lack of flexibility to their company policies which limits edge browser only to windows 10 like explorer,so how they can compete with company like chrome,as because chrome can install in any operating system no naturally their no of users will e always more than edge,unless Microsoft is expecting all users will use their windows and like Linux Mac etc OS will not be use by any user.Microsoft took too long to bring cheap window mobiles that too not too flexible with apps.So all in all in open market globalization situation most important thing is company policy,whose policy is more rigid will suffer and whose policy is more flexible will win,on the contrary they can use the words such as "security threat",ut haha LOL most users are not such VIP or VVIPs that they bother about securities more they other about money they spent and the features they get.

    • Bhaskar Mitra
      June 23, 2016 at 11:36 am

      t seems Microsoft made new browser with almost similar looking as explorer and still can’t get out of his explorer faulty like tek to MSN or Bing as default search engine,may be these things are connected with their company policies,Okay but by making a new browser what they added value to us,speed nope because mili second speed not matter much and in truth still that are slower than chrome,battery saving may be ut their claim is slightly doubtful to me.Lack of flexibility to their company policies which limits edge browser only to windows 10 like explorer,so how they can compete with company like chrome,as because chrome can install in any operating system no naturally their no of users will e always more than edge,unless Microsoft is expecting all users will use their windows and like Linux Mac etc OS will not be use by any user.Microsoft took too long to bring cheap window mobiles that too not too flexible with apps.So all in all in open market globalization situation most important thing is company policy,whose policy is more rigid will suffer and whose policy is more flexible will win,on the contrary they can use the words such as “security threat”,ut haha LOL most users are not such VIP or VVIPs that they bother about securities more they other about money they spent and the features they get.

      • Bhaskar Mitra
        June 23, 2016 at 11:37 am

        It seems Microsoft made new browser with almost similar looking as explorer and still can’t get out of his explorer faulty like tek to MSN or Bing as default search engine,may be these things are connected with their company policies,Okay but by making a new browser what they added value to us,speed nope because mili second speed not matter much and in truth still that are slower than chrome,battery saving may be ut their claim is slightly doubtful to me.Lack of flexibility to their company policies which limits edge browser only to windows 10 like explorer,so how they can compete with company like chrome,as because chrome can install in any operating system no naturally their no of users will e always more than edge,unless Microsoft is expecting all users will use their windows and like Linux Mac etc OS will not be use by any user.Microsoft took too long to bring cheap window mobiles that too not too flexible with apps.So all in all in open market globalization situation most important thing is company policy,whose policy is more rigid will suffer and whose policy is more flexible will win,on the contrary they can use the words such as “security threat”,ut haha LOL most users are not such VIP or VVIPs that they bother about securities more they other about money they spent and the features they get.

  24. sagar ricky
    June 18, 2016 at 10:46 am

    what are you devoloped its not working downloading when it carshs or minimize downloads are stopping.............. i want o uninstall it how its :( :O :P

  25. marc
    June 9, 2016 at 7:02 pm

    How do I uninstall it. Really. While we are at it, how do I uninstall:

  26. Ted K
    May 31, 2016 at 8:40 pm

    The one thing that bugs me about Edge is it has a poor online PDF reader. That is the single most important thing for me and if Edge simply improved upon that feature, I would use it.

    Features to add to Edge PDF Viewer:

    1. Tool bar needs to disappear when my cursor is not on it. I can't reach the scroll bar behind the tool bar unless I scroll down several pages and it sticks out enough to click and drag. As it stands, it is inconvenient with large PDFs. I know the bar disappears when I don't move the mouse for like 15 seconds, but the whole point is that I can scroll without the bar in the way and that I can reach the scroll on the upper right hand side.

    2. An option to increase the size of the document by percentage, not in pre-formatted increments. If I am using the split screen mode on my laptop, I need to be a able to customize the size of the document to fit the smaller window.

    3. In addition to the custom size feature noted above in 2, there should be a way to move the document around the window with a hand cursor. This comes in handy when I have several windows on open at the same time and I need to look at the PDF; being able to move the PDF to the right position inside its window is a must.

    Other than these features for a PDF viewer, I like the overall simplicity of Edge.

  27. Mikael
    May 14, 2016 at 3:23 am

    a web browser without the platform unit's sync has absolutely no chance of being a threat to anything, they are about to compare the threat of a bumblebee to be stomping to death a person.

  28. Joanna Purdue
    April 30, 2016 at 5:04 pm

    I am a yahoo fan, so when you sync with edge it takes you to MSN, which I don't use so I don't use Edge because of that, sticking with yahoo and Chrome.

    Joanna Purdue

  29. Anonymous
    April 23, 2016 at 11:35 am

    I disagree with Dan’s review from the angle that he appears to have discussed what the browser can and cannot do compared to other browsers with their expanded functionality. In my opinion, the focus should always be on what a browser can securely do – its core business. I am not interested in bells and whistles; these distract me from the reason I am browsing. For me, Edge, with its minimalistic approach, integration with Windows 10 and ability to incorporate a third party add-in called ‘Instapaper’, is the best browsing setup I have ever had and I believe that it will only get better, faster and more focused at what a browser should be able to do over time.
    As a data analyst, I spend a lot of time researching business topics, looking for data sources, SQL solutions and so on. When finding interesting articles, I bookmark them for further research later. I use shortcut keys more than a mouse to speed up research and productivity. My greatest need is to be able to bookmark, knowing I can return to it at any time from any device, anywhere.
    From the launch of IE 8, I switched to Firefox and began using add-ons to enhance the usability of browsing. It was the ability to sync my account and use bookmarks and settings on any pc wherever I was. This (clunky) feature would continually forget my profile and lose my bookmarks; a master code was required to recover settings but this was very cumbersome. for this reason, I began using Chrome and loved it. It was far better than IE because I had a personal account driven environment which meant I could bookmark at work and research them at home.
    After upgrading to Windows 10, I began to use Edge. I felt it was fantastic and so minimalistic. However, I accepted that I was an early adopter of the browser and that it was still in development; by way of example, a shortcut cannot be created to open in-private Edge unless registry is tweaked. The issue this presented to me was the prospect of moving away from my chrome unifying browser experience. On analysis, I realised that it was the bookmarks that mattered to me over everything else (less performance and core function). Fortunately, I had discovered Instapaper a few years ago. After researching, I am now very happy to use an integrated windows 10 platform with Edge and supplemented with Instapaper (subscription model) to store securely all my bookmarks.
    I am concerned with productivity and the browser is only a vehicle for me. I have not encountered many incompatibilities that I could not overcome and knowing that the browser is supported by the Microsoft, integrated into Windows 10 and that this is the shape of the future, I’m happy to know that as I become more and more proficient with it (investment of time), it will get better. Not to mention that supported third parties will come and go, like java and flash but Microsoft will meet the needs of users by providing such replacements as Silverlight or supporting HTML5 to develop a single experience across device platforms. That’s just my opinion.

    • Aaron W
      October 26, 2016 at 3:21 am

      Silverlight is soon going the way of the dodo bird, and every modern browser out there supports HTML 5 for better or worse. I'm glad that you found a browser that fits your specific needs, but as a browser that is incorporated into the OS of Windows 10, it lacks many features and functionalities desired by the general public. Add to hat it's consistent latency issues, or simply freezing the entire computer, it is most certainly not a good general use tool.

  30. gouste
    April 16, 2016 at 5:09 pm

    Just the fact that they hide the favorites folder in a hidden folder, and for some reason, now makes it hard to manage favorites. For some weird reason, on my desktop, I can find the favorites folder with no problems, and manage it, but when my laptop, the favorites folder comes up blank, and can't manage a thing. Why didn't they just make it similar to IE, to where it's easy to locate, and easy to manage. With just this basic fact, I'm sticking with Firefox, and Google Chrome. At least you can find, and manage favorites with ease, and they don't hide it in hidden folders. So after all these years, it's bye bye to the Microsoft browser. Maybe if they ever fix the Favorites folder issue, and make it easier to find, and manage, and I say maybe, I will try giving their browser another shot. But I doubt it. Whoever came up with this shit, never bothered to consider it's regular day to day users. Why hide the Favorites folder now, and why can some access it with ease, and others can't, cause you get an empty folder like I'm getting with my laptop. Google Chrome and Firefox all the way.

  31. Kalyana
    April 16, 2016 at 2:52 pm

    I mean no offence to anybody, but the person who used Edge does not seem like a true computer user or understands the various scenarios under which people use browsers. I have no bias toward any browser or brand and infact I use all major 4 for (IE, Safari, Chrome, Firefox) for development and testing.

    0. Understand the scenario of an average user.

    Developer/Programmer: People love Macs, so do I. But can I run eclipse or NetBeans in a Mac, it will catch fire. Can I run it on a normal average Windows or Linux laptop (which probably cost 1/3 a mac), like a piece of cake. But for normal mails, using word, watching movies nothing beats a mac. And most of all, what Mac can't do it can't do. But at what it can do it never fails. I love that. Definite expectation.

    Normal User: Pay bills, see youtube, blah blah any small laptop works.

    The fact that you use a chrome book says a lot about your ability to review.

    1. Extensions are not used by everybody. The most used feature is bookmarks. Given IE supported extensions written by third party and there were a lot of security issues with 3rd party extensions, seems Microsoft is taking steps carefully. I don't really mind that.

    2. Cortana is bad. Boss no digital assistant is leave 100% atleast 90% accurate today. Its in the domain of Machine Learning, where 1 concepts Natural Language Processing (along with speech and emotion recognition) and Neural Networks are at play, and that science is at its infancy (like when computers had punch cards). I know this because I work on them. Someone must use it so that it is possible to make it better. To make you understand its like what is cave man never used fire again because he burnt his fingers the first time.

    3. Not a favorite of edge but it is insanely faster than plain vanilla chrome or IE or safari.

    4. Not particular to this review, about not supporting Java, its like a move when apple decided it won't support flash. Google has decided to move away from Java to swift as its main programming language for Android with regard to multiple lawsuits and Oracle's cribbing. Java is like a falling empire. Yes there are any things on Java yet, and yes and yes. Just like flash it is going to die might not be as fast as flash but none-the-less.

  32. Steve
    April 8, 2016 at 8:57 pm

    you must be some kind of idiot. " I used iexplorer.exe since the dawn of time till right about 5 years ago, when I saw something long and shiny (Chrome) and decided that my behind wanted some variation in what was doing me. And I never looked back." why the flip are you writing a tech review of a browser if you do not know anything about the godamn things?
    Slap yourself real good!

  33. RubenTheJuniper
    March 21, 2016 at 5:04 pm

    The funny thing about the review is that it spends much time on the trivial and glosses over the substantive.

    Loads of preferences and extensions do little to improve the primary function of a web browser, which is, drum roll please, to BROWSE the web!

    I've now been using Edge on-and-off for 6 months (primarily becauses it's supposed to be battery friendly) and it's becoming more off than on.

    The primary reason that I'm going back to Chrome use (even though it supposedly chews through the battery) is that Edge simply does a poor job on many pages. I frequently run into pages that behave poorly in Edge but behave just fine in Chrome. Even on a site like Microsoft's own support site I've noticed MAJOR problems in terms of typing while Chrome handles those same pages without a hiccough.

    And, I've noticed that Edge does chew up quite a few CPU cycles when it's not the active app on my laptop--I thought Chrome was supposed to be the CPU hog, not Edge!

    These are all issues that affect the usefulness of Edge. I hope to see them addressed in a future review of Edge browser. And, I hope that Microsoft addresses them too so that we won't see them in a future review of the Edge browser :).

    Preferences and extensions are nothing more than a sure-fire way to slow down your computer and increase instability. Edge will lose its potential for an edge if it goes down the useless customizability route that FireFox and Chrome have (I've never even looked at 99% of FireFox's preferences or 97% of Chrome's preferences).

  34. Carroll
    February 29, 2016 at 2:25 pm

    Will not run Java. Pity

  35. Mxy
    February 11, 2016 at 7:41 pm

    I've had Win10 with Edge installed for about two months. Edge id VERY fast and that's about the only good thing I can say about it.
    I find it horrible with regards to popups and redirects.
    Additionally, the default setting is to AUTOMATICALLY reopen any windows that are closed via browser crash. So, you get a spam site that you can only close by using task manager to close the Edge? Well edge will immediately reopen it upon restart. IE would at least ask if you wanted to restore first.
    Edge needs a LOT of work yet

  36. Warren
    January 14, 2016 at 7:22 am

    Won't import any bookmarks from Firefox and yes it definitely isn't a finished product or even close to it. When I try to import bookmarks from Firefox, it only shows internet explorer to import from and I don't use IE.

  37. Zach
    January 12, 2016 at 8:02 pm

    Much like my Surface Book, Edge is modern, cool, sleek, but at the end of the day it feels like it is still in its infancy stages. Bugs, lack of features, instability... I think it needs another full year of improvements and fixes before becoming comparable. I really hope it gets there.

  38. iRobot
    January 7, 2016 at 6:02 pm

    I agree, it is not finished. On my system, it is fast and looks nice, but it's not complete enough for regular use.

  39. Anonymous
    January 7, 2016 at 7:14 am

    i am not so much into IT savvy as those above. i prefer IE as it is more user friendly to the ordinary user which is like the target for IE. Bussinesses use it as its easier on most of their computer users (staff). More straight forward . Means less productive tiime wasted

  40. Shooter
    January 1, 2016 at 10:08 pm

    How can you talk about browsers if as you stated "Make no mistake, I am a die-hard Chrome user. I’ve never used (or even installed) Firefox, Safari, Opera, or anything else."

  41. arthur
    January 1, 2016 at 3:27 pm

    I tried Edge. Like you said, lack of extensions is a major flaw. My feelings are that a browser should be customizable for your personal viewing. Firefox started it, as well as tabs, and Chrome followed it. My opinion is that Chrome and Firefox are neck and neck. Unfortunately, I have to use Chrome at work, but I prefer Firefox at home. I think the Internet is mostly community driven, and so Firefox is the browser of choice. Yes, it sometimes stutters more than Chrome, but it also makes updates and changes faster than Chrome. And with Firefox you know it is updating, but all of Chrome's updates are done in the background. I am just so glad we have an independent browser out there, and do not have to be dependent on a major corporation or the government. Could you image if the government only made browsers?

  42. Ken
    January 1, 2016 at 3:56 am

    I have been using Edge for a couple of months and I find that it runs some apps better than Firefox or Chrome, and some not so much. I miss not having the add ons, but they will get them there probably by spring 0f 2016. I have been using Firefox since it cam out and like it a lot, but it has got some things screwed down so tight that it is a fight to get function sometimes.

  43. Alan Trinder
    January 1, 2016 at 1:11 am

    I rather like Edge, I still use a number of websites that have compatibility issues with chrome and Edge seems so far to have very very few BUT the lack of extensions and in particular password manager extensions is a serious drawback for me.

  44. Jim
    December 31, 2015 at 3:19 am

    I never liked IE and eventually ended up using Firefox for years until it didn't work properly years ago. When Chrome eventually got its act together after several years after release, I switched to Chrome and have actually enjoyed it as a browser. Adding sites to the Bookmark Bar is so easy, the extensions just work (and there is something for everyone's needs), and being able to configure the browser is of value. I still have IE in case a site defaults to it and also have Opera just for the fun of it. Safari reminds me of a browser stuck in the 90's (even though iTunes is my default music player -- go figure). On my LG G3 phone, I use the Dolphin browser due to its eas of use and configurability -- and it syncs perfectly with Chrome! When I had Windows 10 on my laptop and gave Edge a try I thought it was a poor attempt for a "new" browser.

  45. Rann Xoerxx
    December 30, 2015 at 6:35 pm

    There are some things in Edge that I like over other browsers. It renders text and images far better. It feels faster for most pages. Its sandboxed in the Universal app platform and therefore disconnected from the OS. Etc. I don't use extensions but I know a lot of people who do so those being added next year should make a lot of people happy.

    Not sure why some basic functions like right click menus are missing. The bookmarks sync needs to be better as well. And they need to have a version on iOS and Android, for nothing else, then to sync bookmarks between devices.

  46. Iulian
    December 30, 2015 at 8:49 am

    There are two great things about edge but couldn't make me stay. Nu pot vorbi acum. 1. You can edit a page mark on it an share. 2. There is no virus tu affect it. I had malwares in my pc and chrome and Firefox were severely affected, but edge nothing. Still not enough to make me stay.

  47. jck
    December 30, 2015 at 6:57 am

    I was a Chrome user too since a long time and with the arrival of Windows 10 I tried Edge, and now it's set as my main Browser.


    - Edge is faster and in some cases the difference can be huge (jQuery interactions with very large number of divs is ultra-fast in IE and Edge, and can become ultra-laggy with Chrome and other browsers)

    - It consumes a lot less RAM than Chrome

    - UI is sleek and intuitive


    - In some cases (very few) scripts can lag the browser completly

    - No extensions yet (can be a hassle if you are a user of Adblock in particular)

    - Very serious design oversights (the biggest omission is the inability of search in history, I tried to start a thread about that... : )

  48. Anonymous
    December 30, 2015 at 12:35 am

    It's a bit snappier and lighter on symptom resources, but needs more work on the UI and functionality. And yes extensions is the one thing keeping me from fully using it. Until this improves or gets added, I'm sticking with my favorite browser, Pale Moon.

  49. Joy Cagil
    December 30, 2015 at 12:09 am

    It is terribly annoying that each time, which is often, when Microsoft installs an update it changes my default browser to Edge. I have nothing against Edge, except the site I work in only works well with Chrome.

  50. mcsey
    December 29, 2015 at 10:17 pm


    • Anonymous
      December 30, 2015 at 5:35 pm

      I Am With You Until, If And When, MOU Gets A New Job.

      KLOP Is My Favorite PL Manager, Right Now.

      GO, MOU !


      M$ Gets Some Kind Of Orgasm, Making Life Really Hard For A Lot Of Their Most Loyal Customers.

      KARMA And Payback And All That Crap.


  51. Steve
    December 29, 2015 at 10:07 pm

    Microsoft pretty much invented right-click functionality, why in the world did they leave it behind in the transition from IE to Edge?? They just made life harder, not easier. The lack of extensions and the clunky Favorites import (no slick way to sort, manage, etc. like Chrome) make me think Microsoft actually likes being in last place browser-wise.

  52. hiteckee
    December 29, 2015 at 8:58 pm

    Edge is fast and light, and seems as speedy loading as Opera, Chrome and Firefox. Due to the frustrating lack of extensions, I'm using it only to view my email in the browser because I can't afford Outlook. I can't wait to add the extension that covers the advertising in the right panel! Btw, Cortana and I speak two different languages.

  53. Anonymous
    December 29, 2015 at 8:23 pm

    Chrome feels feature-incomplete to me, lacking many of that tools I rely on in Mozilla derived browsers. Edge feels more like something I could whip up in 20 minutes of published Visual Basic code examples and the right collection of .OCX controls. I realize that's a very dismissive attitude toward complex software, but in my opinion Edge compares favorably only with semifunctional tools like the BlackBerry browser or Pocket IE. It's not even worthy of discussion yet.

  54. Brad
    December 29, 2015 at 7:06 pm

    So far, I am liking Edge. I am a Surface Book user, and a Windows Phone (Icon) user. I do use Chrome for work, and sync my work settings that way, but I prefer Edge for a number of reasons, mostly the simplicity of it. I don't want to have to fiddle with forty different advanced settings to get the browser I want, nor would I.

    There is room to grow for sure, but I think for gen 1 release, it is pretty solid. Let's hope extensions come soon, or the Microsoft just starts rapidly developing them as native functionality so that I don't have to have 15 Chrome tasks running behind the scenes for browsing a website like Facebook.