Microsoft Edge: Pros & Cons
For Windows 10 users, Microsoft Edge is the default browser, formerly known as Internet Explorer. It’s a fast and secure internet browser, and it integrates well with Microsoft services like OneDrive and Microsoft 365. It also includes several privacy and security features. However, some users have reported performance issues with Microsoft Edge, including slow loading times and crashes on the desktop version.
- It is fast and well performing:
- Integration with Microsoft services:
Edge integrates with Microsoft services like OneDrive and Microsoft 365, offering a seamless browsing experience for Microsoft users.
- Privacy and security features:
Edge has built-in features like tracking prevention, which blocks third-party trackers, and Microsoft Defender SmartScreen, which helps protect against phishing and malware.
Edge offers a wide range of themes, extensions, and customization options, allowing users to tailor their browsing experience.
Edge is compatible with Windows, macOS, iOS, and Android, and it offers a consistent browsing experience across all devices.
- Limited extension support:
While Edge offers a wide range of extensions, it has fewer extensions compared to some other browsers.
- User interface:
Some users may find the user interface of Edge to be less intuitive or appealing compared to other browsers.
- Limited cross-platform support:
While Edge is available on multiple platforms, it doesn’t offer the same level of cross-platform support as some other browsers.
- Compatibility issues with some websites:
Some websites may not be optimized for Edge, which can lead to compatibility issues and a less-than-optimal browsing experience.
- Device Sync
You can synchronize your browser data across your other devices by clicking on “settings” and clicking on the heading entitled “phone and other devices.” This page contains a set of instructions for downloading the app onto your phone (or other internet-connected device) and synchronizing your bookmarks, settings, passwords and other data across multiple devices.
- Collections & Web Capture
“Collections” is similar to bookmarking, except you can save an individual screenshot, piece of text or other web element directly to your browser instead of saving a link to the web page.
By using the web capture function, you can draw a box around an area on the web page and save that selection as a screenshot under today’s date in collections. You can further modify the screenshot by using a pen tool to draw on top of it.
The “web select” function is similar to web capture, except it can only take screenshots (selection or full page) that you will have to manually paste into an image editor.
When multiple devices are synchronized with your Microsoft account, you can use the context menu to cast an image, video or other multimedia element to another device with “cast media to device.” Beneath this option is the similar “send page to devices,” which opens up a menu of all devices connected to your account.
- PDF Reader
PDF files will open within the browser’s built-in PDF reader. Unlike most other browsers we’ve seen, Edge includes several tools for modifying the page.
These include a highlighting function, a drawing tool, a translator, a dictionary, a read aloud feature and the option to add your own text on top of the document (although you can’t edit the PDF file itself). These tools will come in handy for students and anyone who needs to take notes on their research.