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Living with Microsoft Edge

Posted on May 12, 2018 by Iian Kehn

Now before you go roll your eyes, I ask that you hear me out. For many years I used Chrome as my daily driver, so much in fact that just about every machine I had in the house had it.

Microsoft has had a rough run since Google took the stand with their browser, and it offered something that the Redmond based company did not, and that was flexibility to do more without compromising the security of the browser. Not to mention it was fast.

Now with all that said, let's jump right into it.

I've had a hard time up until recently using Microsoft's latest offerings, simply because I didn't have much of a reason to. Every release of Windows I would give it a shot and then go back to Chrome, the main reason being that up until this point, it was rather difficult to use because of various performance issues, as well as usability issues.

With the release of the most recent version of Windows 10, the April 2018 update, it seems like Microsoft has addressed all the isssues that I had had in the past. Now I am not one to draw conclusions a month and a half into using it, but I rather like it, for 2 reasons.
  • 1. No software to install (only on mobile)
  • 2. It offers all the extensions I need to make the experience worth it.
  • Bonus: There is a native dark theme.
Functionally speaking, it's comparable, it offers a lot of the features you would expect from a web browser, and some more native features should you choose to use them.

With Edge, I didn't just stop at the browser, I also opted to use Bing only because it allowed me to use the Rewards program that Microsoft offered. I still, from time to time have to use Google for searching for things that I would have a harder time finding with Bing.

There is certainly a lot of work that still needs to be done, but I think for now, I'll be using the beowser as my daily driver, and I never thought I would be saying that myself but here we are.