Today I Learned: Microsoft Edge

With Internet Explorer quickly approaching it’s end of life as a browser option for FIS customers (tentatively scheduled for the end of 2019), it’s worth exploring Microsoft’s latest web browser, Edge.

Edge is not new. It was introduced in 2015 when Microsoft launched Windows 10. While many people’s initial reviews were not positive, it has since grown into an accomplished internet tool that is worth consideration to be used as your default browser. This is not to say that you have to use it over other excellent internet browsers such as Google Chrome and Mozilla FireFox. This article’s mere intention is to better inform you of the various notable features of Microsoft Edge, and to help you make an informed decision about potentially changing your default browser.

The first and probably the most important feature to the majority of people that we are going to cover is speed. Performance tests indicated that Edge is more or less just as fast as its competitors, Chrome and FireFox. It is significantly faster than it’s predecessor, Internet Explorer.

The second notable feature is that Edge is designed to work as a companion to Windows 10. If a web search is run from the taskbar, the results will appear in Edge even if your default browser is something different. Also, websites can be easily pinned to the taskbar and Start Menu from within Edge. This integration is associated with other Microsoft products as well.

Edge offers some unusual and appealing features as well. One of these is built-in sharing. Share makes it easy to transfer contents from your browser to nearby devices. The share icon is located in the top right-hand corner of Edge and is an arrow pointing to the right.

Another unique feature is the ability to scribble or annotate on the websites you visit. This feature can be accessed by clicking the icon that looks like a pen in the top right-hand corner. Once accessed, you can highlight text, and draw and write content on the page. You also have the ability to save and share the notes you made.

If you open a lot of tabs during the course of your day, Edge’s tab preview feature will benefit you quite a bit. Tab preview is accessed by clicking the chevron icon which is located next to the new tab icon. Edge will display a preview of the open tabs through a panel that is docked at the top.

The last feature we will mention is the ability to sync Edge across multiple devices. Microsoft have versions of Edge for both iOS and Android. This allows you to sync your bookmarks, passwords, browsing history, reading list, and tab layout to your phone or tablet.

The features listed in this article are but a small portion of what makes up Edge. To learn more about Edge and it’s myriad of features, please submit a help ticket through the FIS portal.

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