It is a significant moment for the oft-maligned Edge Browser, with its nearest rivals scoring significantly lower and its now abandoned Internet Explorer, with about 40% of market share, being the worst at 56% compatibility.
The tests from HTML5 accessibility are a benchmark that browser makers use. Edge has come a very long way in 12 months.
Over the past few days, I have been exploring the new Windows 10 Anniversary Update. It is slowly being rolled out to the world – Windows Insiders have first looks. I was impressed with some of the new Edge Browser features.
Initially, it did not have extension support. Now it has extensions from popular brands like AdBlock and Adblock Plus, Amazon, Evernote, LastPass, Microsoft Translate, Office Online, Pinterest, Pocket and more. Microsoft will continue to bring others to the Windows Store in future updates, ensuring the highest quality for our customers. You can read more about extensions in the Windows Store or find “Extensions” from the Edge menu.
You can create pinned tabs by right clicking on a page. These appear on the left side of the URL bar and are automatically updated.
Paste and Go
If you copy a link, you can right-click in the address bar and choose “Paste and go” from the context menu to instantly navigate to the site.
Notifications from websites
It now supports notifications from open websites with messages or updates from Skype for Web, Slack, or WhatsApp. It is permission-based and can be viewed from the Notification Centre.
Swipe to navigate
In recognition of touch, it has new swipe commands – left or right is the same as a mouse click on forward or back buttons.
You can right-click on any image and “Ask Cortana” to identify related information or find similar images.
Better import from Firefox, Chrome or IE and organised via a “tree hub” instead of a long list.
Better power efficiency
It can provide up to 90% better battery life due to things like pausing non-essential Flash content, and lower use of CPU and GPU cycles.
New EdgeHTML 14
Edge includes protection against malicious code injection and now has kernel attack protection. Flash is also isolated into a separate AppContainer.
It is appreciably faster in loading Web pages, in displaying images, scrolling and in memory efficiency. Allowing for human “error” in perception, it seemed to load the same pages up to twice as fast as Chrome or Firefox.
It also suffered fewer issues with page loads and embedded video. I have been using Firefox because the older Edge simply was not up to Firefox – now I think it has well eclipsed it.