It’s no secret that we’ve been enthusiastic about Microsoft’s new, Chromium-based Edge browser for a while now. But that enthusiasm has mostly been limited to “a default Windows browser that doesn’t suck,” rather than being for any particularly compelling set of features the new Edge brings to the browser ecosystem.
In a folksy announcement this week, Microsoft politely declared its determination to step up our expectations from “doesn’t suck” to somewhere on the level of “oh, wow.” Microsoft Corporate VP Liat Ben-Zur spent plenty of time enthusing about the way the new features are, apparently, already changing her life.
The only thing that has me excited about the new Edge is that Windows will finally have a proper default browser that isn’t either complete garbage (Internet Explorer) or ignored by every web developer ever (the old Edge).
Most “exciting” new features are available as addons for like ages. No need to switch browsers yet.
Although the “smart copy” might be interesting in some cases.
I switched from Chrome to Edge as soon as the stable version came out. Not out of any particular need, all Chromium-based browsers feel the same way from the usability perspective, but just to give a hand to the only browser that has a chance to put a dent in Chrome’s market share.