After listening to the very popular Windows Weekly podcast curtesey of Leo Laporte, Mary Jo Foley and Paull Thurrott, I thought I would take the new Chromium based Edge browser for a spin. As Leo suggested in the podcast it didnt take to find a safe download ( as the browser has not been realeased yet), but I have now installed it on my Surface Go and have been really please with the results so far.
Up until CrEdge I have always used the current Edge version plus Google Chrome on my device, as certain website would prove laggy or not open completely. Now I am no web developer but the new Edge seems very responsive and quick on all the website I have used so far. However using Chrome has always been a bot of a processor hog to say the least.
So whats changed.
Well quite simply Edge has become a Chromium browser, instead of using the Trident rendering engine. This really means for the end user that …. it simply works and works well now. Of course the frontend at present looks very much like Google Chrome, but I suspect this will evolve as it gets to release.
Whats works now is that you can use your Microsoft Account to sync information accross devices, you can also utilise the extensions from both the Microsoft Store and other 3 rd party stores. So if you have your favourite Chrome extension, you can use that in the New Edge. Other features that have made it accross are the Read Aloud feature, which offers the ability for students to get an accessible reading view of any webpage they are looking at.
The other great thing is that it isnt just for Windows 10, New Edge will be available for Windows 7 devices as well, giving compatability in browser technologies for companies moving to Windows 10 in the future. This is really important as we draw near the end of support for Windows 7 in Jan 2020.
So at present this becomes my default browser on my Surface, and I am super excited that the browser is this good this early on. In this identity centric world we have I am also keen that I only need to manage my Microsoft Account, not having to manage a Google account on my device to.
A final word of warning
When the new Edge becomes available and you get to make it your default browser expect to see the warning message
You are replacing Edge with Edge? Do you want to make Edge your new default browser ?
Man I love humour in IT !