One of the most commonly used applications on our computer these days is our internet browser. In fact, that’s probably true across all of our devices.
Over the years browsers have come and gone. A little over a decade ago, Internet Explorer was the head of the pack, then it was Google’s Chrome. But just because a browser is number one today, doesn’t mean it’s the best browser out there. One browser that has steadily been making its way up in popularity since its release in 2015 is Microsoft Edge.
Edge is the ultimate replacement for Microsoft’s Internet Explorer and although it has taken a while to become mainstream, it’s certainly packed with amazing features.
But should you switch your trusted browser to Microsoft Edge? In this blog post, we want to run through the features that we believe gives Edge its edge!
1. You can now store sets of pages using “collections”
All browsers have some form of “favourites” or bookmarks to save webpage links. Historically the problem is that these lists can become disorganised very quickly, making it hard to find what you’re looking for.
Edge has a really nice new feature called Collections. This allows you to save web pages in a sidebar and group them by topic. For example, you could create a topic called Clothes Shopping and then save all the web pages from your favourite fashion sites inside.
If there is an image on the page, that will show up to help you recognize the site. And collections are easy to access by using the “+” icon at the top of the browser.
Collections are also much easier to delete than bookmarks, so when you are done with a collection you can dispose of it and all the links you collected in one quick action.
2. Finding coupons just got easier
Searching for coupon codes online is tedious, and often sites that promote shopping codes are fake. The other problem is that websites can have several offers at once, not necessarily being clear about what’s the best one for you.
Edge will search this information for you, displaying detected codes as a popup - saving you time and money!
3. Price comparison is simple and real-time informative
Sometimes before you buy something you want to surf the web or a site for the best options. This is especially true if you are hunting for more pricey items like a new fridge, or car.
Edge can help you with their pricing history and price comparison information.
If you’re shopping on a website and the product that you’re viewing is cheaper on another site, Edge will let you know. They’ll also tell you if your product result is at its highest or lowest recorded price for an individual site.
4. Surf the web safely with advanced security features
We all know that Malware and Phishing Scams exist, so it’s good practice to make sure that all of our digital interactions are fully protected. Microsoft Edge provides this with 3 levels of tracking prevention.
Edge also has a password monitoring feature that will let you know if any passwords you have stored have been involved in a breach. This means you can change them quickly before you face any issues.
You can also subscribe to Microsoft Defender’s SmartScreen protection to keep you away from sites known to have malware or have been used in phishing scams.
5. Quick screenshots made easier with “web capture”
From device to device screenshots can feel awkward to take. Microsoft Edge makes this easier with its new “web capture” feature.
In the browser menu, you choose web capture, which will allow you to drag a rectangle across any region you like or to take a full shot of the screen, then bring that into a window if you’d like to add additional notes.
Is your internet browser doing everything you need it to? I mean really?
Ok, so your browser functions well enough for you to find what you need, but is it really the right browser for you?
In our opinion, Google’s Chrome will eventually be replaced in popularity by Microsoft’s Edge. It’s more advanced, more user-friendly and the extra features make web surfing a breeze. It’s easy to see why so many people are making the switch already!
If you haven’t tried it yet, then we recommend having a go.
If you are a business looking for the best browser, give us a call, because we can help you install Microsoft Defender and Edge across all of your devices for maximum security.