Microsoft Edge: Best Features in All-New Internet Browser for Windows
Microsoft Edge is a brand new Internet Browser which will be released alongside Windows 10, and Microsoft has confirmed that it is going to be released as an app. Until now the browser was code-named as Project Spartan, but just as the Windows 10 release date nears, Microsoft has named the new browser as Microsoft Edge.
What’s New in Microsoft Edge?
Let’s take a look at what’s new in the current preview build of Microsoft Edge, compared to Microsoft’s Internet Explorer.
1. New Tab with suggested content
When you open a new tab, Microsoft Edge straight away shows thumbnails of top sites which you use most often, and it also displays a lot of suggested content including weather, and news from your region and country. The number of news items expands as you scroll down and down, so you get plenty of information if you need, all at one place. The suggested news contents are driven by popular news providers like Associated Press, Guardian, etc., and of course these provider source change depending on your region.
As of now, I couldn’t find a way to control the sources of suggested content, but we are only in preview build, so things may be different in the final release. However, you got option to turn off the suggested content by going to settings.
2. Take Notes, Doodle on the Webpage
It can’t get easier than this. Microsoft Edge has the ability to directly take notes, markup, doodle directly on the webpage. Basically, it’s something like taking a screenshot of a web page and then highlighting on it, but Edge just doesn’t take an image, it also keeps the links, and scroll position of the webpage intact and when you share it to your friends, they can go to the exact location of the web page at ease. This feature is handy especially if you have a touch screen. You can use a stylus or just your hand to markup, add text and share it to your friends. The current preview build doesn’t have Undo, Redo function, so you have to use Eraser to remove any unwanted markups. I hope Microsoft is in process making this tool more feature-rich.
3. Reading View for less distraction
Reading View in Microsoft Edge helps you to have a uniform internet browsing experience no matter which webpage you open. This mode can be activated by clicking on the “Open book” icon. This mode only exports the article content of the webpage, and ignores ads, sidebars, header of websites and things like that. As a result, you get a less-distraction browsing experience.
4. Hub – all at one place
Microsoft Edge comes with a new grouping center called as Hub, through which you can quickly access your favorites, reading list, history, and downloads.
5. Works with Cortana, so you can ask questions!
Windows 10’s Cortana integrates with Microsoft Edge, so you can ask her when you need help with something. You need to first highlight the text for which you need help, right-click and then select “Ask Cortana”.
Cortana searches the internet and without leaving the browser page, it displays the answer in the right side pane.
6. Search faster in the address bar
You can now get results of some common search terms straight in the address bar and becomes available as you start typing it. For example for knowing the weather at your current place you can simply type weather in address bar, and you will see the result without even opening a web page or a search engine page.