Microsoft Edge is reaching new heights

Updated: December 6, 2017

Microsoft Edge is the name of the new web browser for Windows 10, which was formerly known as “Project Spartan”. The company announced the new name during the last Build conference in San Francisco and while we already know the name, the software giant has yet to reflect formally the new name on the operating system. Since Microsoft has replaced the Internet Explorer with Windows 10 so, a number of things have changed and improved, and slowly and surely Edge is taking shape. Microsoft Edge is a fast, modern browser that’s intended to replace Internet Explorer. It is bundled into Windows 10, and packs a number of new features that hope to lure folks away from the likes of Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox. But even though Windows 10 has finally arrived, Edge is not quite ready for prime time but can be downloaded for the trial from Atoz website.

Many of the features you would expect from a modern browser, including support for extensions or syncing tabs across devices, hasn’t quite arrived. But it’s still an interesting glimpse at what Microsoft has in store. Edge is thus far primarily focused on showing us what could be next. There’s a new rendering engine powering all of the browser’s features, and it feels appreciably zippy. A reading mode akin to the one you would see in Safari or apps like Pocket strips a Web page down to its bare essentials, and you can easily add Web pages and the like to a Reading list to read later across all of your Windows-powered devices. Similarly, it is proven to be one of the most useful addition in Microsoft’s virtual assistant thing. Pop over to the website and then you can easily pull together a sidebar with useful information, like directions or reviews. You can also type queries into the address bar and in no time would get the relevant answers. A Web Note button on the taskbar allows you to doodle onto snapshots of Web pages, annotate those pages with comments, and share your notes via email or through OneNote. It is an interesting feature to have an exact feature built into your browser, as opposed to relying on third-party apps like Evernote, could prove useful to some.

The appearance of Edge browser has the same minimalist design like Chrome and Firefox, but with Microsoft’s modern touch, using the title bar as place to house your tabs. Underneath Tabs, you’ll find the navigation controls, address bar, which feels more like title bar for the site, more than it does an input text box. Following the same design from its competitors, on the right side you’ll find various options and access to the fly out settings menu.