This week, Microsoft provided an early peek at improvements it will bring to Edge in the Fall Creators Update.
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Microsoft announced that it was improving the Cortana integration in its Edge web browser in the most recent version of Windows 10.
As you may know, I've predicted that Progressive Web Apps (PWAs) will supplant UWP apps on Windows 10. So what did Microsoft say---if anything---about PWAs at Build 2017?
A new report suggests that Microsoft will finally take the long-awaited step of updating its Edge web browser through Windows Store. But is this a case of too little, too late?
It's become a regular refrain: Microsoft releases a new version of Windows 10 that includes many improvements to Edge. But I still can't use this browser.
Like other modern web browsers, Microsoft Edge supports extensions that can be used to add functionality beyond that provided by its maker.
Microsoft has explained how it delivered Edge battery life improvements as part of the Windows 10 Creators Update, further distancing the browser from its competitors.
Microsoft Edge has proven too frustrating for most Windows 10 users, but this web browser retains one important advantage over the competition: Battery life.
Like other web browsers, Edge lets you download files from the web in a fairly straightforward way and then manage them right from the browser.
While Microsoft Edge does not let you pin frequently-accessed websites to the Windows 10 taskbar, you can at least pin them within the browser so they are always available.
In the Windows 10 Creators Update, Microsoft Edge lets you share a single tab, or a group of tabs, with others using a new Share interface.
With the Windows 10 Creators Update, Microsoft Edge picks up a new "Set these tabs aside" capability that helps you declutter the browser by managing open tabs.
With the Windows 10 Creators Update, Microsoft Edge improves its support for tab previews, which provide thumbnails of each open web page for quicker navigation.
Microsoft Edge now offers very basic support for website notifications, including integration with the Action Center in Windows 10.
While Microsoft Edge is obviously a traditional web browser in many ways, it is evolving to become more of a general purpose reading app with the Creators Update as well.
If you're interested in switching to Edge from another browser---or perhaps you just wish to access your bookmarks, history, and saved passwords---you can now do so more easily.
Microsoft today provided a rundown of the new features we can expect its in Edge web browser in the Windows 10 Creators Update.
Taking a page from the Google Chrome playbook, Microsoft Edge will also demote Flash content in 2017, the software giant announced today.
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.