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Microsoft Edge – their “new” Browser

Posted on: 4th June, 2020

Windows 10 computers come with Microsoft Edge internet browser and the Bing search engine used by default, (although many users will have installed alternatives, such as Chrome, Firefox, Safari, etc.) Most users still prefer to use Google as their search engine.

Microsoft Edge Browser

There has recently been a major upgrade to Edge which has been available for users to manually download and install, if they wished to do so. Not many people bothered, as not many people knew that they could do so. Or cared.

That’s about to change, with the latest edition of Edge being delivered automatically through Windows Updates.

You may notice that the Edge icon is different. Shortcuts will change and they will also be placed on your Taskbar and the Desktop screen, regardless of whether you have removed these in the past. (There’s nothing to stop you deleting them again, once they have re-appeared.)

This development appears to be part of a new, more aggressive, strategy by Microsoft to compete more fully with Google in the internet search engine field. (In January 2020, online search engine Bing accounted for 5.53 percent of the global search market, while market leader Google had a market share of 87.35 percent – https://www.statista.com.)

There are a couple of minor changes that most users won’t notice, such as the ability to read e-books (in epub format) has been removed. The major change is to the source code that the browser is written in, which is now based on Chromium. (As you may guess, Google’s Chrome browser has always been based on Chromium, which is open-source software available to anyone who wishes to create an internet browser.)

User’s settings, such as favourites, saved passwords, etc will stay the same; as will your choice of default browser, if you had changed this from the original Microsoft Edge.

If you don’t wish to wait for the new Microsoft Edge to be downloaded automatically you can install it from Microsoft at https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/edge