Microsoft Edge

April 8, 2016

I made the decision to try Microsoft Windows 10 several months ago. My reasoning is that I could always use Ubuntu, Cent OS, or Linux Mint OS on another of my computers if I hated it. I was pleasantly surprised by Windows 10. After enduring the experience of Windows 8 and 8.1 I was left wondering if Windows 10 was just the best of all unfortunate choices. I have come to the conclusion that that is not the case.

I had experienced great distress after losing access to my final Windows 7 machine. I am not going to review Windows 10 in this blog but instead focus on one of the features that has stood out to me the most. I am actually very impressed with Microsoft Edge. Although there are a couple of technical issues with which I am not thrilled, this is not a technical article so I will save those concerns for another blog.

Microsoft Edge is the new browser that comes bundled in Windows 10. I did a quick search to see what others are saying about it and found a review on “Site Point” that sums up what I have been observing in Edge.

“In an effort to move beyond the tainted Internet Explorer brand, Microsoft has released Edge. The new browser is based on the same Trident engine, but the bloat has been removed, rendering speed has increased, and modern HTML5 features have been added. It’s a fresh start that consigns ActiveX and VBScript to the technological trash heap.”  Craig Buckler

I could not have said it better myself. One thing that I would like to add to the above statement is that MS Edge does not yet have many of the extensions that are available on the more popular browsers. I have mixed feelings about this. Too many extensions are a definite security risk and Edge is actually my browser of choice in accessing my Microsoft account for the reason of security. It is easier to see if there is a clean connection while using Edge when connecting to MSDN, Microsoft Tech Net, or Tech Support.

I am for all practical purposes partial to “Free and Open Source Software”. However, Microsoft is not going anywhere anytime soon and in order to work with others, find work, and for some specialized functions, it is necessary to stay current with Microsoft products. I also foresee Microsoft working more with Linux as evidenced with the Raspberry Pi 3 integration of Windows 10 or more formally known as Universal Windows Platform and Hardware.

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