We can now almost bid farewell to the dusty ol’ Internet Explorer and make way for Microsoft Edge, previously known as Project Spartan. The new browser is set to be part of the upcoming release of Windows 10 in the summer and is loaded with a snappy design and features.
Unlike before, the developers behind the new browser promises that the minimalist approach will give users a smoother and simpler web experience and that it would support most of the new web-based applications. However, the legacy based extensions (which included ActiveX, Conditional Comments, DirectX, Binary Behaviors, and etc) available on the Internet Explorer will no longer be supported in the Edge. With that, Microsoft Edge will be faster than rival browsers Mozilla Firefox and Chrome with less inefficient buttons, toolbars and plug-ins.
Microsoft Edge will be a step into efficient web reading as it will have a ‘Reading Mode’ which is a similar feature found on Apple’s Safari. Moreover, Edge will have a web note feature that makes highlighting and making notes on websites possible.
Yet, the most highly accentuated feature for the Microsoft Edge is the smart digital assistant, Cortana—probably a grandchild to MS Word 97’s Paperclip. As far as Cortana has been presented, it can do quick locate, provide updates for a variety of topics including weather and a quick right-click assistance on words and other subjects.
The Internet Explorer 11 may still be available during the Windows 10 launch despite the fact that Microsoft Edge will be taking the show as it is going to be the Windows default browser from here on. IE 11 would only be supplementary for compatibility and enterprise uses. Program developers hope that with continuous usage and improvements on Microsoft Edge, we will slowly make Internet Explorer a thing of the past.