Microsoft Edge is announced as the browser built for Windows 10

Microsoft Edge is announced as the browser built for Windows 10

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.


source: Microsoft

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19 Comments

1. akki20892

Posts: 3902; Member since: Feb 04, 2013

Clean, Fresh, and Fast.........!!!

13. waddup121 unregistered

Edged to be fast than lightning

2. Cyberchum

Posts: 1009; Member since: Oct 24, 2012

Can't wait to install W10 on my tablet, Microsoft surely have me wanting.

6. AnTuTu

Posts: 1580; Member since: Oct 14, 2012

I am rocking Win 10 TP on my work laptop. Sure there are bugs being TP but just loving it.

3. jesus_sheep

Posts: 279; Member since: Apr 18, 2015

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?

4. Andrew5190

Posts: 55; Member since: Oct 23, 2014

Think of it this way--"Edge of the Surface"--and it flows a lot better. They seem to have a theme, at least.

8. Settings

Posts: 2940; Member since: Jul 02, 2014

Originality? Does Samsung Z1 and Xperia Z1 doesn't ring a bell?

11. Jason2k13

Posts: 1436; Member since: Mar 28, 2013

the difference is, galaxy edge just came out a month before microsoft announced their name. Now how many years was it from samsung z1 and xperia z1?

12. Settings

Posts: 2940; Member since: Jul 02, 2014

Were talking about originality here, boy. Dont talk originality with Samsung if their slate is clean of copying names.

14. shuaibhere

Posts: 1986; Member since: Jul 07, 2012

What about Xperia S then.. S, Z are just letter it has been used by companies over the years.. But edge isn't like that.. I'm not saying MS copied.. It just doesn't feel good..

16. Settings

Posts: 2940; Member since: Jul 02, 2014

Yeah ur right. Maybe they've just already picked the EDGE monicker while developing Spartan. Spartan existed before the Galaxy Edge.

5. darkvadervip

Posts: 365; Member since: Dec 08, 2010

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.

7. SemperFiV12

Posts: 949; Member since: Nov 09, 2010

I tend to avoid Chrome, and have moved away from Mozilla. Opera and IE remain my go to browsers... I really hope Edge delivers.

9. Leonis

Posts: 338; Member since: Jan 08, 2014

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.

15. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

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.

18. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

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?

10. dlsnhuff

Posts: 111; Member since: Aug 20, 2014

Need to try it. The name scheme, great ( as it reffer to "tomorrow" )

17. osbert

Posts: 125; Member since: Jul 02, 2014

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.

19. javy108

Posts: 1004; Member since: Jul 27, 2014

Bye bye Internet Explorer... Gotta miss those memes

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