First look at Microsoft Edge based on Chromium

Первый взгляд на Microsoft Edge на основе Chromium

It’s been 4 months since Microsoft announced the transition of its Edge browser on the Blink engine from Google and the open Chromium project. Now the company has released a preview version of a new product for developers.

Let’s see how strong differences from the original Edge. Considered Microsoft Edge Insider 75 Canary and Edge 44.

Appearance

The design resembles both Chrome and the old Edge at a time. The same light gray tone, «Squareness» and branded icons, but less shadow and extra buttons to function pending tabs.

In the new Edge redrawn most of the elements, until the context menu. Although, for instance, tools for a developer is left of the Chrome. On the panel next to the icon of the extension displays a button with a smiley face — it is responsible for sending feedback to the Microsoft team.

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The design of the new tabs has been significantly revised. Now there are three modes: strict with a gray background and the Microsoft logo; the «inspiring» with a beautiful screensaver that changes every day; «informative», in which the screen height is divided in two: the top — search and bottom — Newsline service Microsoft News. All options still displays the icons of frequently visited pages (you can add manually), and down again best personal Finance news. If you want it all configured.

Functionality

Microsoft deliberately massacred tens of services that supports Chromium. Because of this Edge Insider is not able to view PDF files, pay online via Google Pay, to translate text and block annoying ads.

Have no browser and dark theme, even though you can activate it via the page ‘s edge://flags. You can also find other experimental settings — the menu moved with Chromium. To change the interface language is impossible, you can only use English. As search engines used by Bing, add your can only manually — the drop down list.

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The default is to install extensions only from the Microsoft store Edge Addons, but when you enter in the Chrome Web Store, the browser will prompt you to allow the installation of extensions from third-party sources. After that, all is put on hurrah, even next to install two uBlock Origin: from a native store and Google.

Sync is present through the Outlook account, you can upload bookmarks, extensions, history, settings, passwords and information entered, and even open tabs. And when you first start Edge tightens Insider information from the installed on your computer Chrome without permission: even themes now seem the same.

In General, the set of preferences does not differ from that in Chrome: is possible to show the Home button and the bookmarks panel to configure the font size and open the tab when you launch, manage sending data to Microsoft, to allow sites to use Flash, camera, and so on, disable background processes after closing the browser and reset the settings and history.

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In the menu «Privacy» is the point of Windows Defender, SmartScreen: it protects from visiting infected sites and download malicious files. Such a filter exists since the days of Internet Explorer.

Conveniently, in the download Manager, you can filter by file type, e.g. video or images. Search is also present.

If you compare with a classic Edge, no special chips are not seen in addition to text to speech on web pages. No pending tabs, no tags on the page or reading list.

Tests

In the test HTML5Test.com that checks support for modern web standards, the new Edge managed a bit, but to lose the old, gaining 481 points out of 555. «Competitor» results in 492 points. Classic Chrome dials 535 73 points: apparently, the impact of Insider Edge is disabled in Google services.

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Performance test engine JavaScript Octane 2.0 — shows the result in 11 of 236 points at Edge and the Edge 13 899 Insider. It is understandable, a benchmark developed by Google and aimed to JS engine-V8 rendering engine used in Chromium.

Future

Now the new Edge Insider is available only for Windows 10, but the already announced versions for Windows 7/8/8.1 and even macOS. Stable version, according to the developers, will be updated every 6 weeks.

In the first assemblies not included main functions: in the future promised dark theme, reading modes and battery saving, viewer PDF-files and so on. In addition, Microsoft already makes its own contribution to the Chromium project, improving the work on ARM processors and touchscreen displays, while also increasing the accessibility for all users.

What about Microsoft Edge on the engine EdgeHTML? Hardly the company will continue to develop it: most likely, the browser update will be limited to issue critical patches security for users who will not upgrade to new releases of Windows 10 with Edge on Chromium by default.

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