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Edge Chromium vs. Google Chrome: Should You Switch to Microsoft’s New Browser

With the introduction of Windows 10 in 2015, Microsoft announced the new Microsoft Edge browser to replace the ten-year-old Internet Explorer. The Edge browser used the EdgeHTML rendering engine and got enthusiastic thumbs up for its new look, smooth scrolling and better power management compared to the market-leading Google Chrome.

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Fast forward to 2018, Microsoft Edge was in its third year of development, yet it wasn’t getting the traction the company had originally hoped. Two main reasons for this. First, it didn’t support feature-rich extensions like Chrome. Secondly, some websites had a compatibility issue with Microsoft’s rendering engine.

Microsoft has finally given up and announced yet another Edge browser based on the open source Chromium. Quickly solve the above issues for the software company.

In this post, we will compare Microsoft Edge with Google Chrome. We will also point out the advantages of using Microsoft browser over Google browser. Let’s get started.

user interface

Both browsers look identical at first glance. However, I expect Microsoft to add fluent design touches with an acrylic effect (similar to the old Edge) to the Chromium-based Edge browser in upcoming updates.

The home page is completely different on both browsers. Google uses the same combination of n-based Google search with most of the sites visited below.

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Microsoft has done a better job here. It uses the daily Bing background with Bing search, most visited sites, and Microsoft News integration on the homepage. Well laid out. And of course, one can customize that as well.

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the performance

I usually skip this section in a browser comparison because browser performance depends on several factors such as internet speed, number of installed extensions, ongoing background tasks, and app version. But here I have noticed some gains in using Microsoft Edge compared to Google Chrome.

First, it’s no longer a web compatibility issue (previously, I’ve had issues with Twitter and YouTube on EdgeHTML). The upload speeds were nearly identical, but I found scrolling to be better and more accurate with Microsoft Edge.

The company is also committed to improving the native Chromium code, which will eventually benefit other Chromium-based browsers such as Chrome, Vivaldi, and Opera.

Features

With the move to the Chromium-based browser, Microsoft Edge now offers the same level of extension support as Chrome. It features an excellent reading mode with audio support. You can change the text style, fonts, and page attributes.

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Microsoft Edge also supports the dark theme. Unfortunately, the ability to install websites through the Chromium conversion has disappeared.

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Chrome offers tight integration with most other Google products. You can view and interact with notifications from most Google apps from the notification panel itself.

Chrome offers a dedicated drive for them from the web store. You can use it to customize the entire experience.

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Safety

Chromium open source is updated every six to eight months with the latest security patches. Google is usually quick to implement it in the Chrome browser.

Microsoft does the same. But the company went ahead and added the option to prevent tracking in the settings menu.

Users can go to Settings > Privacy and Services and turn on the option and set it to Balanced Policy.

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The practice blocks trackers from sites you haven’t visited and even stops by tracking malicious trackers without affecting the sites.

Microsoft has removed or replaced more than 50 Google services from the default Chromium code. They include ad blocking, Google Now, Google Cloud Messaging and services related to Chrome OS. So, if you are someone who is looking to break out of the world of Google apps and services, Microsoft Edge might be your best bet without any compromise.

Password management

Google Chrome offers solid in-browser password management. Known as Chrome Password Manager, it offers an autofill functionality and suggests strong passwords to start with.

A Google Account is used to sync history, bookmarks, passwords, and account settings between platforms. So, if you are using an Android device, it will automatically sync the data when the browser defaults to the operating system.

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Microsoft does the same with Edge browser. One can access the password from Settings menu > Profile > Password.

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As expected, the browser uses a Microsoft account to sync data between platforms.

Unfortunately, no software offers custom password management through the app. Firefox does this with Firefox Lockwise. Microsoft is expected to offer a dedicated password manager with an Office 365 subscription. Let’s hope it integrates with the Edge browser.

Via platform availability

Google Chrome is available on every platform one can think of. You can access the browser on Android, iOS, Mac and Windows.

Microsoft, once again, is beating Chrome here. Edge browser is accessible on Android, iOS, Mac, and Windows 10. It also works on ARM-powered PCs, including the Surface Pro X. Edge is expected to be future ready with Windows 10x, designed specifically for convertible PCs. folding.

You have to switch

As you can see from the comparison above, Microsoft makes a strong case with Edge compared to Google Chrome. If you are someone who is looking to break out of the Google ecosystem and appreciate Microsoft’s efforts to block unwanted trackers, choose Edge. Chrome, as always, is a solid choice for Android users, and the years of development shine through in the final product.

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