Taking a page from the Google Chrome playbook, Microsoft Edge will also demote Flash content in 2017, the software giant announced today.
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Back in June, Microsoft threw down the gauntlet, claiming that Edge provided significant better battery life than competing browsers like Chrome or Firefox. Today, it says that the gap has only grown, thanks to improvements in the Windows 10 Anniversary Update.
Google updated Chrome for Windows this week, enhancing the browser's user experience with a flat, Metro-like Material Design look and feel, improved support for increasingly-common high-DPI displays, and better battery life. It's almost like they've read my mind.
Because Microsoft's new Edge web browser is stuck on the Windows 10 upgrade schedule, it has been updated infrequently in the past year, and it still lags behind the competition. Microsoft, it's time to fix this problem and make Edge an app. And then just update the hell out of it going forward.
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.
Suddenly, it's all starting to come together: With the release of Windows 10 Insider build 14361 this week, Microsoft is now providing the LastPass extension to users of its Edge web browser. That closes the loop, I think, on the most-frequently requested features for this product, and could put Edge over the top when the Windows 10 Anniversary update hits this summer.
Microsoft Edge shipped in very incomplete form in the initial shipping version of Windows 10, but the web browser has improved steadily ever since. Today, Windows Insiders can test some basic Edge extensions, including, finally, those that provide ad blocking functionality. Will this trigger a surge in Edge usage?
It seems like Microsoft announces minor improvements to Edge almost every day, and that the combination of these updates will someday but this web browser over the top. That day, alas, is not today. But with Edge queuing up support for WebM, VP9 and Opus, that day is getting ever-closer.
Microsoft Edge is getting extension support in the Windows 10 Anniversary Update this summer, but you won't need to extension to use Skype free voice, video and group video calling in the browser. And today, you can preview this functionality via an early release of Skype video calling on Microsoft Edge.