Microsoft Edge Adds Three New Tools To its Arsenal giving the web browser more amazing features. The Internet Explorer, which happens to be one of the two grandfathers of the web, has finally been taken off the world of internet browsers. The platform is not retired but dead, at the moment it is not even available for use by companies that might have built custom tools around the web browser.
Microsoft Edge Adds Three New Tools To its Arsenal
At the moment, a lot of people outside those enterprise users have moved to a more modern and even capable browser. Some people have even made the switch to Microsoft Edge, much to the company’s delight. With the internet explorer no longer being supported, Microsoft would finally be able to pour everything it has right into building Edge, and it seems to be doing just that, setting it up to potentially become the next internet explorer in not-so-flattering ways.
The edge available on the market right now is the second to bear the new brand. The first version that didn’t get the chance to live for long was based on an in-house rendering engine that failed to meet both Microsoft’s and the users’ expectations.
At the moment, the edge is now based on chromium, the same open-source foundation of Google Chrome, which sets Microsoft to focus more on building features right on top in other to expand its browser. Where this growth would be coming to an end is yet to be known, even including Microsoft themselves.
As stated by Neowin, Edge would be receiving three new features. One seems to be a calculator that most likely embeds the window’s built-in tool into an Edge sidebar. Also, there is a currency converter, which is definitely one of the most common activities that people use the web for regularly. Finally, there would be a speed testing tool, although it is not very clear whether it would be Microsoft’s own or if the company would strike up a partnership with something like Ookla.
Internet Explorer Redux
The thing that makes every new edge feature very troubling is that they are built right into the browser itself. Rather than just following the footsteps of the likes of Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox, Microsoft has decided to bake in more features on their Edge browser instead of releasing them as an optional add-on. Of course, there are add-ons still supported by chrome – some from chrome but the first-party utilities are part and parcel of the browser.
New Edge Features
In some cases, all those features are indeed convenient and mostly expected, like a reading list, a VPN, a currency converter, or even a calculator. In some cases, adding tools that are related to shopping or even worse financing would not only bloat up the menus but would greatly impact the browser’s performance. There have been several clamors concerning Microsoft’s unrestrained deployment of new features, but now it seems like Redmond is unstoppable.
It is quite puzzling why Microsoft would not just move some of these features into Add-ons, or at least into a separate part of Edge that actually would enable or disable as required. At the end of the day, features that are built into a larger body of code for Edge, mean more work for the present and future developers.
by bloating Edge internally, Microsoft is running the risk of repeating the same history that ultimately leads to the fall of internet explorer, and at this rate, it might take even longer for Edge to catch up.