These are the Features Microsoft Turned Off or Replaced in Chromium-Based Edge

Earlier today, Microsoft made its new browser that is based on Chromium available to everyone. If you haven’t downloaded it yet, you can find more information about the release, here.

With the new app, Microsoft is taking the open-sourced portion of Chromium, and using it to build its new browser. The result is a browser that looks and feels like Google’s Chrome, but it’s not quite the same in all corners of the product. Yes, there are many major elements that are identical but Microsoft did replace or turn off features too.

Thanks to a slide deck uncovered by WalkingCat, we now have a list of everything that was either replaced or switched off. Also, keep in mind that these are early development builds and this list could change and likely will change, before the final release.

This list isn’t all that surprising, most of the direct Google features, like Pay and Cloud messaging, are off and the extension store has been replaced by Microsoft’s own offering. I would love for Microsoft to provide a detailed list of what Microsoft replaced each service they turned off with but this is the best we have, for now.

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  • slbailey1

    08 April, 2019 - 2:34 pm

    <p>I used the Ad Block exension from the Microsoft Store for ad blocking.</p>

    • evox81

      Premium Member
      08 April, 2019 - 3:11 pm

      <blockquote><em><a href="#419134">In reply to slbailey1:</a></em></blockquote><p>Congratulations.</p>

    • jimchamplin

      Premium Member
      08 April, 2019 - 10:26 pm

      <blockquote><em><a href="#419134">In reply to slbailey1:</a></em></blockquote><p>Use the Ublock Origin app from the Chrome Web store</p>

      • coeus89

        Premium Member
        09 April, 2019 - 8:04 am

        <blockquote><em><a href="#419279">In reply to jimchamplin:</a></em></blockquote><p>Just FYI, Ublock is in the MSFT store as well.</p>

  • Lordbaal

    08 April, 2019 - 3:12 pm

    <p>It's bringing the same memery leak that Chrome has.</p><p>I open the same 48 tabs in new Edge and Chrome. After about 30 seconds of letting them load in each, new Edge was using 2.5GB of RAM, Chrome was using 4GB.</p><p>But those same tabs open and fully loaded in other Edge, it was only using 750MB.</p>

    • Stooks

      08 April, 2019 - 3:28 pm

      <blockquote><em><a href="#419171">In reply to Lordbaal:</a></em></blockquote><p>So….good thing all of my Windows computers have 32gig…..2.5gig is 37.5% less memory usage than the Google spy version……who even has 24 tabs open let alone 48?????</p>

      • Lordbaal

        08 April, 2019 - 3:33 pm

        <blockquote><em><a href="#419179">In reply to Stooks:</a></em></blockquote><p>Open that many tabs was only a test. I never have that many opened at once,, but I was just testing it.</p>

    • LocalPCGuy

      08 April, 2019 - 4:30 pm

      <blockquote><em><a href="#419171">In reply to Lordbaal:</a></em></blockquote><p>It still has some memory issues. But, 2.5-GB of RAM use is much better than 4.0-GB of RAM, especially on a cheap PC with only 4-GB of physical RAM. I expect Microsoft to further improve upon this. </p>

  • skane2600

    08 April, 2019 - 4:09 pm

    <p>A separate list for turned-off items and another for replaced items would be far more useful.</p>

  • thatdwayne

    08 April, 2019 - 8:05 pm

    <p>So far, so good – I appreciate the list. Have had a couple of compatibility issues with 'signed' plugins due to certificate mismatches (Chrome add-ons that report as Edge get stopped – but this so far only applies when the plugins try to talk to a local, desktop app). I trust that can be worked out over time. </p><p><br></p><p>Performance is good and I'm seeing higher memory usage than "classic Edge" – will be interesting to see how that unfolds.</p>

  • MutualCore

    08 April, 2019 - 9:27 pm

    <p>So basically everything that makes it usable, got it.</p>

    • codymesh

      08 April, 2019 - 11:33 pm

      <blockquote><em><a href="#419266">In reply to MutualCore:</a></em></blockquote><p>bruh do you people even think before typing </p>

  • Winner

    08 April, 2019 - 10:51 pm

    <p>I'm curious what they added, where is that list?</p>

  • Tony Barrett

    09 April, 2019 - 2:38 am

    <blockquote><em><a href="#419278">In reply to scrooge mcduck:</a></em></blockquote><p>Yeah, right, So MS don't spy on you then?? Get real. MS are collecting as much data as Google these days, and this new browser will slot in nicely with the obscene Win10 telemetry collection.</p>

    • v_2samg

      12 April, 2019 - 1:53 am

      <blockquote><em><a href="#419293">In reply to ghostrider:</a></em></blockquote><p>It really matters who is collecting and how they use the data. Given a choice between Microsoft and Google, I would any day take Microsoft's side. Google is shady!</p>

  • jpr75

    10 April, 2019 - 6:51 am

    <p>You can use Chrome extensions. As usual, there is a dearth of extensions from MS (so far). Just flip the switch (allow extensions from other stores) on the bottom, left of the extensions page in the new Edge, and go to the Google extension site, and install your favorite extensions.</p>

  • dontbe evil

    11 April, 2019 - 3:02 am

    <p>basically they removed all google spyware, hopefullt they'll improve perfomrmance and resource cosnume compare to chrome</p>

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