Microsoft Edge is the default browser in Windows 10 and is always the main tool used to go and download Chrome or Firefox as soon as Windows is installed. Beyond limited uses such as watching Apple conferences or watching content with H.265, Edge is a browser with very limited functions, as well as not being able to do basic things that in others are possible. In total, we will compile the 5 most important.
It is still slower than Chrome or Firefox
In spite of the fact that Microsoft points out the speed of Edge, the browser is still way behind what other options are offering, like Firefox (especially by way of Quantam) or Chrome. For example, the browser takes more time to download new pages or to open new windows (this last point can be improved by setting it to download a blank page instead of the suggested pages).
Very limited contextual menu
This is currently one of the biggest faults with the browser. When we right click on a web page, the only things that appear are options like select all, print, or read aloud. We don’t have any option to refresh the web page or to save it in an HTML file, just like we can’t go back or go forward like Chrome permits.
The default browser (Bing) can also not be changed in this menu if we select a text. In Firefox, on the other hand, we can take a screen shot of the entire web page or of the part we are looking at, save a page in bookmarks, or synchronize it with another device if we have it activated. A very useful menu in the case of Mozilla, and one very much ignored on the part of Microsoft.
Almost non-existent personalization
In a similar manner to the previous point, the personalization options in Edge are almost non-existent. Beyond the ability to darken the borders of the interface, we can’t eliminate certain options. In Firefox we find many more personalization options.
Lack of extensions
This is probably the biggest problem Edge has been having since its launch, and it hasn’t been solved in the last months with the arrival of extensions. At the moment there are merely 64 extensions on Microsoft Store, including some basic ones such as ad blockers, password managers, script loaders and few more.
In order to justify this, Microsoft has stated that they would rather have quality than quantity (a similar approach as Apple’s with their app store), which has positive and negative consequences. On the bright side, having less extensions, makes it possible to analyze them more thoroughly and avoid malicious extensions. On the other hand, there are not enough applications to customize daily things such as doing screenshots, deleting navigation data with just one click, adding gestures to the mouse, etc.
These problems could be solved in the future with the arrival of more extensions, but right now, the browser is having the same problem Windows Phone had: little variety due to a small amount of users.
Not being able to see the certificates
Personally, the possibility of a product losing a function it already had in its previous version makes me really nervous. One of these, is that Edge does not let you see in detail the certificates of the websites you are visiting, even though Internet Explorer allowed it in the past. If we click on the padlock next to the URL on Edge, we can only see who signed the certificate and if the URL we are visiting is real. In Chrome or Explorer we can see a lot more information, like the due date of the certificate and all its values.
At the moment, some of the errors from the past have been fixed, such as synchronizing favorites with the phone (which can be done now with the phone app), or the full screen mode function (activated with the command Shift + Windows + Enter). Moreover, Edge has other functions such as electronic book reader or PDF reader.