Features of the new Microsoft Edge Browser

Up to date, one of the most highlighting features of Windows 10 is the new Microsoft Edge browser.

After a very long wait, Microsoft found a solution to the native ‘internet explorer’

Features of the new Microsoft Edge Browser

Jacob Rossi, a senior engineer on Microsoft’s Web platform team, says:

“We’ve fixed over 3,000 interoperability issues (some dating back to code written in the 90s) on top of the over 40 new Web standards we’re working on. For example, longstanding inner HTML issues are now fixed.”

Is the new Microsoft Edge browser really different from its predecessor? Here are some of the unique features of the new Microsoft Edge Browser that makes it distinct from Internet Explorer:


So far, there has been a lot of compliments as to the speed of the new Microsoft Edge browser, especially when stacked up against Google Chrome. This is one of the enticing features of the new Microsoft Edge Browser. On the official Windows blog, Microsoft claims:

The Edge team has been continuing to optimize performance since first adding the new browser to Windows 10. In this build, Microsoft Edge is even better and is beating Chrome and Safari on their own JavaScript benchmarks:

  • On WebKit Sunspider, Edge is 112% faster than Chrome
  • On Google Octane, Edge is 11% faster than Chrome
  • On Apple JetStream, Edge is 37% faster than Chrome”

Microsoft claims this was accomplished with a new rendering engine that eliminated or trimmed the vast majority of the legacy technologies and legacy behaviors that were holding back Internet Explorer.


Cortana which previously was available only on the Windows Platform is Microsoft’s virtual personal assistant and is now available on Windows 10.

Features of the new Microsoft Edge Browser

By making it available on Windows 10, Microsoft seamlessly integrates Cortana with the new Operating Sysytem. And nowhere is this integration more useful than with Microsoft Edge Browser.

When Cortana is used with Bing, it becomes a very useful application for finding additional information on subjects you’re searching as one of the features of the new Microsoft Edge Browser. For users that prefer Cortana to search the internet with Google instead of Bing, there is a workaround for that.

Web Notes:

One of the amazing features of the new Microsoft Edge Browser that has been getting a whole lot of attention is the Web Notes. Users with a touchscreen device can now mark, annotate, draw or put anything on the web page.

Features of the new Microsoft Edge Browser

You can then add it to your favorites or reading list, send it to your colleagues or share it socially. Businesses can use this feature to highlight innovative products, services and features they see on websites and quickly make a note of it.

Reading View:

Among the features of the new Microsoft Edge browser is the Reading View. Click the ‘Reading View’ icon on a website, and the page reloads hiding almost all of the content aside from the article and images. You can also create a reading list which lets you add content so you can read it at a later time even if there isn’t a connection.


The new Microsoft Edge browser will not support tools built for Internet Explorer 11 because they can be a security risk and exhibit slow performance. Tools not supported include Microsoft’s ActiveX, Browsers Helper Objects (BHOS), VBScript and others. However, Edge will support JavaScript-based extensions.

Features of the new Microsoft Edge Browser

Microsoft says extension support will not come with the initial release of Edge, but it will be available by the end of the year.

With so much said about the features of the new Microsoft Edge Browser, app developers are eager to add their extensions, including WhatsApp.



For users who are so accustomed to Firefox and Chrome, making a switch to Edge not going to be as easy as, but a switch would be worthwhile because the new Microsoft Edge browser is a definite improvement over Internet Explorer. The changes are incremental, and as Microsoft continues to work out all the bugs, more extensions, apps and features will be part of this browser. Indeed, the new Microsoft Edge browser has a bright future.

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