Microsoft has just updated Edge with a bunch of exciting new features as it looks to beat Chrome in the browser wars.
Microsoft’s Edge browser is growing in popularity, reaching the number two position in the desktop browser market, even beating privacy-focused option Firefox. Now Microsoft has just unveiled a bunch of new features that make it a valid alternative to Google Chrome as an increasing number of people work from home.
One very useful update which would be great if it comes to fruition was spotted by Windows Latest in the Edge Canary developer build is a new feature called “Web Capture” which allows you to take a screenshot of a webpage—in full or cropped—and copy it to the clipboard or preview it.
As Windows Latest explains, the Web Capture preview screen does currently allow you to share or save the image, but if Microsoft adds annotation, you would be able to draw on the screenshot and share it with your colleagues.
More new updates coming in Edge 86
Meanwhile, more new features to boost your security are expected in Edge 86, which is due to drop in the next few weeks, Microsoft has confirmed. This includes new alerts for the Edge password monitor if a compromised password is detected. At the same time, Edge will add the option to show or hide the favorites bar from the favorites management page.
Edge will also add policy improvements for enterprises using the browser for various users and applications.
Just last week, Microsoft started to roll out Edge 85 with multiple features aiming to help those working from home during the coronavirus pandemic. These include the ability to send your Edge collections to One Note as well as Word and Excel and the option to synchronize browser favorites and settings between Active Directory profiles within your own environment without the need for cloud sync.
Other cool additions to Edge include enhanced privacy controls, performance improvements in Collections and a Read Aloud feature for PDFs. Another feature which I am a big fan of arrived in Edge 84—the ability to manage notifications from sites to prevent those annoying pop ups that can plague you as you browse.
Edge is hoping to beat Chrome
Google’s Chrome browser is number one in the market with over 70% share, so it’s certainly not easy to beat. However, as many people look for a more private and secure option, lots of business and consumer users are giving Edge a try.
On the one hand, Edge is based on the same Chromium browser engine as Chrome, so it packs a lot of similar features and compatibilities.
But Edge has come under scrutiny for privacy violations, and Microsoft’s decision to bring the browser to all Windows users has annoyed some people.
The browser wars aren’t showing any sign of dying down, and Edge is certainly a valid option if you are looking for a new Chrome alternative. There are other options—Firefox and Brave for example—so why not give a few of them a try to see which one you prefer.