The New Microsoft Edge

If you’re still using Internet Explorer as your default browser, now is the time to update to the new Microsoft Edge. The new Edge will give you better compatibility, regular updates and a familiar interface.

If you are using Windows 10, you may have received an update to your PC in the recent months. With this update came the updated Microsoft Edge browser – replacing the legacy version of Edge. Microsoft began rolling out the update in June, however if you don’t have it yet, you can download the new Edge from the Microsoft website.

What’s new?

The back end of the new Microsoft Edge is based on Chromium coding, most well-known for the coding behind Google Chrome. Therefore the new Edge may feel familiar to Chrome users. Features and extensions found on Chrome can also now be used on Edge.

Previous users of Edge may have found certain websites wouldn’t work properly. However, with the update, those sites designed for Chrome will now work in Edge.

Microsoft have previously updated browsers within major PC updates every six months. Now, Edge will be updated every six weeks. This means the browser will be more reliable and responsive.

Top five features:

Collections – Collections allows you to store and organise information from websites. You can then export the data into various files or simply come back to it at a later time.

Vertical tabs – If you like to work with a lot of tabs open, vertical tabs helps to keep them organised with a simple click.

Smart Copy – Using your cursor, click and drag over content you want to copy. When pasting, the copy will retain its rich format, saving you time on re-formatting messy content.

Tracking Prevention – We’ve all been looking at a product, only to then find it following us around the web. Tracking prevention in Edge is designed to protect you from being tracked. There are also three settings to give you flexibility; Basic, Balanced or Strict.

Password Monitor – When enabled, password monitor will notify you if your credentials have been found on the dark web. You can also view a list of all leaked credentials and their respective sites, allowing you to quickly change the password and protect your account.

Whilst Edge and Chrome may be similar in some ways, it has replaced Google services with Microsoft ones. That means your data will be able to sync with your Microsoft account, rather than a Google one.

The new Edge browser is available for Windows 10, Windows 8.1, Windows 8, Windows 7, macOS, iPhone, iPad, and Android.

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Toby Kalkman

Systems Engineer

I am a technology enthusiast, and as a Systems Engineer I am in a great position to continually develop this  – working with the Breakwater team, clients and our technology partners to understand more about emerging products and expertise and how these can support organisations.

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