Microsoft’s New Edge Browser for Windows 10
At its BUILD conference for developers on April 29th, Microsoft showed a glimpse of Microsoft’s new Edge browser for Windows 10. The new browser, which is replacing the much-maligned Internet Explorer, was previously codenamed “Spartan.” However, at the BUILD conference, Microsoft’s new Edge browser for Windows 10 was shown to the attendees.
The name reflects Microsoft’s attempt to “blur the edge between consumption and creation.” This attitude is also reflected in some of the new, promised features of the browser. For example, with Microsoft’s new Edge browser for Windows 10, you can write directly on web pages and share them with others.
Microsoft’s new Edge browser for Windows 10 also shows a new, sleeker design that emphasizes the content it shows by employing a simple, distraction-free design with robust tools for enhancing the browsing experience. For example, the Edge browser supports both Chrome and Firefox extensions. This will allow developers to easily repackage existing extensions for Edge when it launches, which will allow it to tap into the great wealth of extant extensions available for both of those major browsers almost immediately after launch.
One of the most-discussed features is the integration of the Cortana voice assistant into Microsoft’s new edge browser for Windows 10. As shown in the video below, one of the new features of the browser is that it shows you apps, top sites, and other Cortana-derived information on a “New Tab” page within the browser window.
Overall, most reviewers seem impressed with the minimalist design applied to Microsoft’s new Edge browser for Windows 10. This includes a new “distraction-free reading” mode and the ability to use an “offline reading” mode for ease of access to content whenever and wherever you want.