Microsoft has found itself once again in a tough position as Chrome is eating Edge's lunch in a big way and Microsoft hasn't figured out how to reverse this trend.
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Microsoft has clarified how it will update Edge using the Windows store in the near future but has yet to provide a timeline about when this functionality will be enabled.
With the release of the Windows 10 Anniversary update, I have given Edge a second chance after abandoning the browser in favor of Chrome after the initial release of Windows 10.
This week, Microsoft expanded on its plans to improve Edge web apps by both modernizing them and supporting open web standards. It doesn't address my core issue with Edge web apps, but it looks like a big step forward.
For the past few weeks, I've been using Microsoft Edge instead of Chrome where possible. This is a lot easier with the Windows 10 Anniversary update, which includes numerous Edge improvements. But as expected there are a few things I still miss from Google's browser.
I was curious to see how or even if Microsoft would respond to Opera's attack on its Edge battery life claims. But as it turns out, Microsoft's response required only a single tweet.
Microsoft Edge provides big battery life benefits when compared to competing browsers. But Microsoft has also documented the changes its making in the Windows 10 Anniversary update. And Edge's battery life advantage is about to get even bigger.
Windows 10 users who chose Edge will see hours of extra battery life when compared to using competing web browsers, Microsoft said. And it has the data---and a corresponding time-lapse video---to help prove its superiority.
Starting with the Anniversary Update, the Microsoft Edge web browser in Windows 10 supports extensions, which can be used to personalize the browser and add functionality.
Microsoft has long pushed a "better together" strategy where its users see big benefits from using two or more of its products and services together. This week's initial release of the Office Online extension for Microsoft Edge offers such a tie-up.
If you have been wanting an ad block extension for Edge, you now have two options as Adblock and Adblock Plus are now in the Microsoft store.
Google's Chrome browser has passed Internet Explorer to be the most popular desktop browser; ending a multi-decade run by the legacy browser.
While Windows Hello is an interesting and useful implementation of biometric security, it's pretty much relegated to the sign-in process in the shipping version of Windows 10. But that will change with the Anniversary update, which is adding Hello support to Microsoft Edge.
In the next major update to Windows 10, Microsoft is planning to introduce native ad-blocking to the browser.
Microsoft has finally released extensions for Edge and if you are not in the Fast ring but want a closer look, here is a deep dive.