Edge vs Chrome: here’s what makes Microsoft stronger than Google

Madalina Dinita
by Madalina Dinita
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The battle between Microsoft Edge and Google Chrome is not over yet, although for the time being the latter seems to be the winner: Google Chrome is the most popular browser among Windows 10 users — despite Microsoft’s perpetual efforts to convince users to switch to Edge.

According to the latest data provided by NetMarketShare, Google Chrome has an impressive 56.43% market share, with the good old Internet Explorer coming second. The Edge browser has a fairly decent market share of 5.33%, one that is slowly but surely growing. Nevertheless, the difference between Chrome and Edge remains huge. This could change when Microsoft rolls out the Windows 10 Creators Update.

Here’s why more users will adopt Edge in early 2017

Microsoft should release Windows 10 Creators Update sometime in early 2017. With it, the general public will have access to the latest and most impressive features ever available on Microsoft’s browsers.

The Redmond giant recently rolled out the biggest build update in recent months, revealing many juicy features the upcoming Creators Update will pack, including a plethora of new and interesting Edge features and improvements that will definitely make it more appealing to users.

Microsoft Edge new features

1. Tab preview bar: This feature allows you to easily preview every tab you have opened without leaving your main page. You can easily scroll through the list and keep better track of what’s in your tabs especially when you have tens of tabs open.

Microsoft Edge Tab Preview

Microsoft Edge Tab Preview

2. Set these tabs aside: Edge now features two new buttons next to your tabs to help you manage all your tabs without losing your flow. That’s a very inspired solution to keep your tabs organized and pick up where you left off at any time.

Microsoft Edge Set these tabs aside

Microsoft Edge Set these tabs aside

3. Jump List: Windows 10 now lets you launch a new window or new InPrivate window straight from its Taskbar icon. Simply right-click on the Microsoft Edge icon in the Taskbar and select the task that you want to launch.

Microsoft Edge Jump List

4. Component UI: Microsoft Edge now features a new UWP architecture, a new visual tree, and new input model. Thanks to these changes, Edge is now more stable, responsive, and resilient to slow or hung web page content.

5. Flash Click-to-Run: Microsoft Edge now blocks untrusted Flash content by default until the user chooses to play it. This means that Edge is now more secure, reducing the risk of falling prey to malicious programs.

Microsoft Edge Flash Click-to-Run

6. Web Payments: Microsoft Edge now has preview support for the new Payment Request API. You can now checkout faster because websites use the payment and shipping preferences stored in your Microsoft Wallet.

Microsoft Edge Web Payments


New Microsoft Edge web platform features

  1. Untrusted Flash content is now blocked by default.
  2. Enabled TCP Fast Open by default.
  3. Added support for Content Security Policy 2.0 (on by default).
  4. Added support for WebVR APIs (on by default). This feature requires Windows Holographic hardware which is not yet available.
  5. Limited setTimeout(), setInterval() and Disabled requestAnimationFrame() callbacks for cross-origin iframes when not in view, to improve energy consumption.
  6. Enabled independent rendering of HTML5 video elements by default.
  7. Enabled Media over Fetch and XHR over Fetch by default.

Other Edge improvements:

  1. If the Microsoft Edge window is narrow and Cortana has a tip, Cortana only appears as an icon in the address bar. To see the full suggestion, you need to expand the window.
  2. Tooltips for the Microsoft Edge favorites bar wrap around in order for the browser to display longer website names.

Have you already installed the latest Windows 10 build on your computer? What do you think about the new Edge experience?


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Edge hasn’t come close to keeping up market share with Win 10 adoption. Hardly call Edge anything close to a success. Probably because its taken too long to add extensions, port Edge to other platforms and it get’s easily hacked in competitions all the while claiming its the safest. I used Internet Explorer for decades, but have yet to even think twice about Edge. I’ll even use IE or any other browser before Edge.

Edge is horrible. It constantly stalls and says web pages are not responding. I switch to Chrome and never have any trouble. My Windows was a Microsoft pushed Web Upgrade to Windows 7, 32 bit. So giving Windows 10 the benefit of the doubt, I purchased 64 Bit Windows 10 and blew away the original PC and installed from scratch. To no avail, Edge is still the terrible unfixable mess that it was before. It’s unusable. And from what I read everywhere, Microsoft has no idea why, has only the suggestions to empty caches and run system file scans for corrupt files and other nonsense that never fixes this common issue for people. They can make the next version wash my car and take out the trash for all I care, I’ll never use it again!

Agreed, David S. Pains me to say, as I have been an MSFT-er my whole life. I only run the browser and native MSFT antimalware program and both Edge and IE are extremely unstable (to the tune of crashing multiple times per day). Started using Chrome a week ago, added some extensions for Office, LastPass and Ad-blocking, and have not had a single problem.

I don’t understand the reactions in the comment section.

I have tried IE, Edge, and Chrome. Chrome has too many features, it seems, that rely on a healthy amount of available bandwidth and memory. When one of those resources dries up (when I’m computing something intensive, or when the internet is slow) chrome just completely freezes. Edge? No such behavior. It seems that Edge is, from a programming/efficiency perspective, is perhaps better on Windows than chrome is at running well in all sorts of circumstances. After switching the Edge search engine to default to google, and the homepage to google, it seems I now have a better-programmed google chrome clone that I can count on to work all the time, no matter what. When I have lots of resources, I will probably use chrome because I have bought into the Google ecosystem, but if I’m not using a google service, Edge is my first choice for stability and performance. Both are great browsers however, so many of the comments here seem to be extremely biased one way or the other. Maybe some of the Edge-haters never tried switching Edge’s default search engine to Google?

Dear Microsoft, please stop trying to make a search engine better than google. You lost that battle over 10 years ago. Please make excel better, as you are about to lose that one to Google Sheets, too. For instance, why do I still have to click several times to make my pivot tables correct? I know you can make that better! You’ve been embarrassed by Google because you’ve kept trying to pit your weak products against their strongest product, and lost ground in all other areas as a result.

MS spends its energy on “gee, look how kewl and kurve bending this is (WILL be, actually)” and ignores the core functionality of the program. BTW – Edge doesn’t function in our company’s roamng profile setup. It seems Edge is “attached” to a user, and if there is any confusion (on Windows 10’s part!), Edge, Cortana and News will close immediately after attempting to load. This has been so since Fall of 2015. I like Edge on my phone. And, Chrome is fine on my desktop. As for Cortana., which I despise for it’s intrusiveness, I wish it was incapable of loading on my phone, too.

Tried Edge now multiple times. I would suggest Microsoft stop everything and just focus on making it stable. The thing with Chrome it is a rock on Windows. It is so rare now for a tab to crash and I can NOT remember the last time the browser crashed.

All the features or cool things in the world are worthless, IMO, without first being stable.

Why doesn’t Microsoft get the message that nobody cares about browsers any more they all work fine. Give up on Edge it’s nothing special and a waste of time and money, put some effort into innovation and something new.

Will it be faster? I like Edge browser. I like tiles and the look of it. But whenever I use EDGE and click on tile or an article once the site is up I need to Wait…Wait and wait for the page to open. On Chrome I click and I am there. (Period) Speed is more important than fancy tiles on the top of the screen. Also the need to rename tiles on the tiles screen and not going through explorer and rename it and then when i click on the renamed tile it opens with Explorer and I have left EDGE and working on IE.
I really want to use EDGE but there are too many problems for the way I use my computer.Pretty just doesn’t work for me.

How many countries need to sue Microsoft before they realize that people don’t WANT media players and browsers integrated with their operating system? Integrated applications are perceived as a compromise to security and overall stability, and Microsoft has proven repeatedly that this perception is accurate.

When there is a security hole discovered in Chrome or Firefox or another browser, then that browser is compromised. When there’s a security hole discovered in IE or Edge, then your entire operating system is compromised.

Besides, people like myself are just fed up with Microsoft indiscriminately changing our preferences like, default browser and task bar icons. Heck, due to a failed Anniversary update, my system is unable to even change default applications, so despite my preference to use Chrome, I’m stuck with Edge as the default browser. Thank you MS.

Nobody will even try edge again at this point. MSIE is better than Edge, but MS stopped updating the codebase and basically has it hang on many sites forcing everyone to Chrome. Just as WNX abandoned a superior and proven Windows 7 codebase for the awful and crazy Windows 10. MS needs new leadership or it should just give up completley. Edge and Cortana need to die.

I can’t imagine there is a feature so useful, that actually works, from MS that would get me to change over. So far, Edge is a major pain contributing to the slow uptake of (yet another) beta version of windows dressed up as a consumer ready OS. Who would go back to Microsoft when comparable, sometimes better, products are available? MS has proven time and again that customer satisfaction is the lowest line item on their priority list. It’s even below ensuring there are enough stalls in the women’s restroom at sporting events.