Since Edge has been reinvented basing your code on Chromium, Microsoft’s new browser has broken into users’ computers, ‘sneaking up’ on even Mozilla Firefox. But he still has a lot of market share to aspire to, and at Microsoft they seem determined to claim it by offering “something more” than its competitors (beyond better performance): make life easier for users, improve the security of their equipment, etc.
This Monday, Microsoft has released a compilation of these functions with which they hope to convince users to abandon other browsers and try theirs: some are already available to all users, others only for Insider participants and finally the rest are planned for the next weeks or months. Let’s see what they are.
“Microsoft Edge is the only browser for Windows 10 that allows you to watch 4K on Netflix“They boast from Microsoft,” It is also the only one that supports Dolby Audio and Dolby Vision. “
This feature is now available to all users… although until Netflix raises the quality of its streaming in Europe in a few weeks, the truth is that it will not do much.
One of the novelties of Edge is its ‘surround reader’, which makes web pages easier to read by eliminating screen distractions and simplifying / standardizing the text format. Its objective is to facilitate Internet browsing for dyslexic people or people with visual difficulties, although as a secondary effect we also find the suppression of advertising.
It gives us the option of regulating the background color, the size and spacing of the text, as well as listening to the text read aloud. This tool is already available to all users, although it is expected that soon add new features such as highlighting the line that is playing.
Although Edge already has several extensions that allow managing multiple tabs in the most creative ways, Microsoft will implement its own proposal in the coming months: the possibility of toggle between current horizontal tab mode and new vertical tab mode, which will facilitate reading the title of each one, and closing or grouping them as appropriate.
Evernote offers a browser extension called Web Clipper that allows easily capture and collect snippets of text, images or entire websites to subsequently organize such information. But, as in the previous case, Edge plans to integrate its own tool for it: Collections.
A side panel will allow us to create these collections and incorporate resources into them. Then, we can send them by e-mail or export them to Word or Excel. This feature is now available to Insider users and will arrive “soon” for everyone else..
“How often do you cut and paste web content into documents just to see it reformatted into ugly messy text that you then have to clean up? ‘Smart Copy’ makes it easier to select and copy the exact content you want.”
The example GIF with which this function is illustrated is paradigmatic: a table with multiple columns, of which we are only interested in the first two; lThe normal text selection function would have forced to copy the whole table, but the ‘smart copy’ avoids that. This feature is expected to be available to Insider users next month..
Personalized ads can be useful in certain cases, but many users (not necessarily privacy activists) find the way their visits to other websites translate into tailored advertising quite intrusive. Because, Edge offers 3 tracking prevention modes, which gradually provide us with more control over what the websites can track on our team: Basic, Balanced and Strict. This function is available today.
InPrivate Mode improvements
Microsoft offers the ability to use Edge’s ‘private mode’, which they call ‘InPrivate’, to perform searches on your Bing engine without -promising- such searches being linked to the computer or to the Microsoft account with which we have configured the browser.
InPrivate is a function currently available, although its integration with Bing will come “soon” to users of the stable version of Edge (the Insider already enjoy it).
If you read us often, you will know that it is quite common for large leaks of user credentials to end up translating into the sale of them in obscure Deep Web forums.
It would be great if our browser was ‘aware’ of such leaks once they are made public, and notify us when the security of our passwords has been compromised, encouraging us to change them.
For this, Microsoft has provided Edge with a ‘Password monitor’ or ‘Password monitor’, which will be available to Insider users “in the coming months”.
‘Give with Bing’
Microsoft seems determined to encourage us to use its search engine, and it is not enough to make it more private, you also want to make it more “supportive”: we can earn points for searching in Bing, and if we activate the ‘Giving Mode’, we can allocate those reward points to donations to social causes. This feature is now available to all users.
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