The web browser most used to download other web browsers, Edge, is expanding its footprint to the mobile world. Microsoft Edge, the default browser in Windows 10, is coming out in two new flavours; Android and iOS.
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One major advantage Firefox, Chrome and other browsers have had over Edge is a rich extension ecosystem. In comparison, Microsoft has struggled -- massively -- to compete in this area. To be fair, it had to win people back to Edge first, which it's managed to somewhat accomplish. And while extensions for the browser are still thin on the ground, the steadily growing collection now has over 70 options.
Predicting the future is near impossible -- but that doesn‘t stop us all from having a red hot go. Human beings have been predicting the future since the beginning of history and the results range from the hilarious to the downright uncanny.
One thing all future predictions have in common: they‘re rooted in our current understanding of how the world works. It‘s difficult to escape that mindset. We have no idea how technology will evolve, so our ideas are connected to the technology of today.
Chrome might be the default browser for the internet at large, but it's not the only one. And it's also not without its frustrations. Chrome - at least until the most recent update - had a habit for using a metric ton of RAM. It wasn't the de facto king of speed. And the odd tab crashing was enough to cause many a pegged stress ball.
In my fury, I did the unthinkable: I switched to the devil himself, Microsoft Edge. And I persisted for a whole week, migrating my whole workflow to the world of Microsoft. It only lasted a week, and came to a swift end when I'd finally had my fill of the things Edge couldn't do.
Last month, Microsoft launched a bug bounty program for the Edge web browser that focused on finding remote code execution vulnerabilities. The company has now expanded this program, offering hackers and researchers monetary rewards for different types of security flaws that they find. Here's what you need to know.
In June, Microsoft ran its own test that showed Edge browser consumed less power on a laptop than Chrome, which came in at last place. Google isn't going to take it laying down, firing back with its own tests to prove that Chrome isn't the battery draining browser that Microsoft makes it out to be. You can see the results here.
Extensions have been sorely lacking in Microsoft's internet browsers but within the last few days the company has doubled efforts in this area. It has added support for a handful of extensions for the Edge browser in the latest Windows 10 preview build and is working on a tool to let developers port Chrome extensions over. Here's what you need to know.
Microsoft Edge, the new browser Microsoft is rolling out for Windows 10, has generally been well-received. But there's a simple reason why it will take a long time before it really competes with its browser rivals.