Microsoft Edge is now the default browser on my laptop

Sep 9, 2018 05:49 GMT  ·  By  ·  Comment  · 
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Not a long time ago, I wrote an editorial called “Three reasons Microsoft Edge can’t replace Google Chrome on my PC” and all the things I wrote there were completely true.

I configured Google Chrome in such a way that it accounted for more than half of my daily Internet usage, and partially responsible for this was its rich extension ecosystem.

Nearly everything I was doing online was powered by Google Chrome, no matter if I’m talking about browsing, social media, emails, and other services that I use and which I was connecting to with dedicated extensions.

But the more committed I was to Google Chrome, the bigger my problem with the browser was getting. Because as many people found out the hard way, Chrome is no means a resource-friendly browser.

And the more you use it, the more resources it needs, eventually reaching a point where it actually causes a system slowdown.

As a Microsoft Surface Book user, I have never been worried about performance issues caused by the browser, especially because such basic activities shouldn’t have a significant impact on how a powerful configuration performs.

And yet, it turns out I was wrong, as Google Chrome has also reached that point on my Windows 10 laptop, eating up more than 2GB RAM with just 3 tabs open. Since I keep 5 tabs open all the time, plus a few others every once in a while, I think it’s way too much for a browser to become such a huge resource hog.

Of course, I’m not alone in this. People complaining about the same problem are all over the Internet, and some suggest all kinds of workarounds that would eventually make Google Chrome a more resource-friendly browser.

Microsoft Edge in Windows 10
Microsoft Edge in Windows 10

The solution, however, is much easier than you think. Microsoft Edge, the Internet Explorer successor that has also retained its moniker of the best browser to download Google Chrome, has apparently reached its maturity and is actually running so much better.

Microsoft Edge now has the essential extension package (not the full one though, and this is going to be my main struggle with it), runs with a minimal impact on system performance given it’s a native app, and is also pretty fast and secure all the time.

If this doesn’t make Microsoft Edge one of the best replacements to Google Chrome, I really don’t know what does.

This doesn’t mean Microsoft Edge is a flawless app. And some of my previous complaints about it are still valid. For example, I still experienced occasional crashes when the browser shuts down on its own for no clear reason, but these happen much less often now.

The biggest drawback that I have right now is the slow update pace that Microsoft has embraced for Edge. As I said, the browser only gets updates with new Windows 10 feature releases, and this happens twice a year. So as compared to Chrome, it’s not being updated so frequently.

And here I am, despite all these drawbacks, which at some point were all deal-breakers for me, willing to use Microsoft Edge full time. To be honest, I’m going to miss Google Chrome, but a browser that has such a big impact on system performance is by no means the way to go for me.

I want everything to be super-responsive and fast all the time, and I can’t imagine new-generation hardware to be slowed down by a browser. And if this happens, the only option is to get rid of that browser.

That’s what I’m doing right now, and until now, I’m impressed with Edge. Hopefully, the upcoming October 2018 Update won’t break down my experience with the native browser. I’ve never been more worried about a Windows 10 feature update.

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