Microsoft Edge is announced as the browser built for Windows 10
posted by Nick T. / Apr 29, 2015, 1:55 PM
Three months ago, Microsoft announced Project Spartan. It was a new web browser built with two goals in mind – to serve as a default web browser in Windows 10 and to replace the now-deceased Internet Explorer. Today, at the Build 2015 opening keynote, we were treated to a few more glimpses at Microsoft's browser project, or Microsoft Edge, as it will be known from now on.
Yup, Microsoft Edge is the official name of the company's new web browser – the browser that will come with Windows 10 out of the box. In fact, it will be available "on the widest range" of Windows 10 devices, as Microsoft puts it. You'll find it on Windows 10 phones, tablets, desktop PCs, even probably on the Raspberry Pi.
What can it do? Well, we've already seen some of Microsoft Edge's outstanding features in previous demonstrations. It comes with built-in note taking functionality, a wonderful reader mode that clears distractions while you're reading articles, and Cortana integration for all your queries. What you've probably not seen yet, however, is the browser's New Tab page. Basically, each time you open a new tab, you'll be presented with a screen populated with shortcut tiles and widgets. These will provide weather information, the latest news headlines, a list of apps you might like, and so on, while the sites you visit the most will be listed at the page's very top. All this content will be dynamic, of course, and the suggestions will be tailored to your needs and preferences.
To enhance your web browsing experience even further, Microsoft is adding support or extensions to its browser. In fact, developers will be able to effortlessly bring existing Firefox or Chrome extensions to Microsoft Edge as the process will require only minor code modification. This feature was demonstrated live on stage with extensions for Reddit and Pinterest, which worked without a hitch.
So yeah, that "E" icon on Windows desktops will soon adopt a completely different meaning. Microsoft Edge is shaping up as a potent, powerful alternative to the likes of Chrome or Firefox, but then again, we still have to give it a proper testing once it is out. Speaking of which, Microsoft Edge should arrive along with Windows 10 in the coming months.
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Can't wait to install W10 on my tablet, Microsoft surely have me wanting.
posted on Apr 29, 2015, 2:20 PM 5
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Of all the names in the world, Edge is the best they could come up with, just when a Galaxy edge was announced? Where is all the goddamn originality?
posted on Apr 29, 2015, 3:04 PM 3
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Originality? Does Samsung Z1 and Xperia Z1 doesn't ring a bell?
posted on Apr 29, 2015, 9:12 PM 0
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Wow always someone being negative. It's just a name! Just enjoy microsoft moving in a positive direction. I'm an apple die heart fan but the way it's looking if microsoft can build a totally new Lumia device with a new look and great specs I'm jumping ship.
posted on Apr 29, 2015, 3:24 PM 11
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It doesn't matter how good the browser is. Google will always be better. I can't imagine it to beat chrome at this moment. Chrome has everything I need. However I am looking forward to w10, because w8 sucks really much. I am just coming from osx and I can't even connect to Bluetooth easy with w8. The settings are all over the place and it's soo damn messy. I hope they clean up the UI and makes it works easily like OSX.
posted on Apr 29, 2015, 9:56 PM 1
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Yup! There is actually a learning curve for Windows 8 interface. Reason why my organisation choose to stick with Windows 7 until the release of Windows 8.1. Otherwise there will be X amount of resources needed to be spent on re-training staff to use the PC Notebook. Windows with Chrome browser and its Web Store seem like a viable choice for the new generation of users and businesses that don't need legacy Windows software support.
posted on Apr 30, 2015, 3:06 AM 0
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so Bluetooth icon on the bottom, add device, and then tap on what you want to pair. Three total clicks. If you need settings...Swipe - settings - change pc settings - pc and devices - select Bluetooth. It isn't some crazy hidden voodoo The first option is just as fast and easy as a mac. (typing this on a win8.1 laptop with Bluetooth). And your first makes so sense, chrome is a hog on my laptop, IE just works. If you need extensions, then I could see that. But when a faster, less mem hog, extensable browser comes out, then how s chrome 'better'. Is it one of those fanboy things?
posted on Apr 30, 2015, 3:17 PM 1
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It will have to be something *very* special to wash the taste of IEs past, out of the mouths of many! Standards compliance would be a good target for them to aim at, before too much thought is put into their own ecosystem of apps and extensions.
posted on Apr 30, 2015, 6:30 AM 0
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