Why was Internet Explorer called Microsoft Edge

Microsoft Edge: Web browser works with Google technology

The old Microsoft Edge logo from 2015 to 2020
Logo: Microsoft Internet Explorer was finally obsolete as a browser with the release of Windows 10 in July 2015. Microsoft stopped the further development of Internet Explorer in favor of Microsoft Edge. “Edge” means, loosely translated: outline, sharpen or enclose. And that's how the new browser should work. Edge also became the browser of Windows 10 Mobile.

What could the first variant of the Edge browser do?

The old Microsoft Edge logo from 2015 to 2020
Logo: Microsoft Surfing the web sometimes meant starting Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, Safari or Firefox at the same time. That should change with the new "E", which stood for Edge. In the first benchmark tests, the browser was even faster than its competitors Chrome and Firefox. However, these tests should be treated with caution because they came from Microsoft itself. The browser should therefore score with more speed and new functions. For example, Edge got a new reading mode so that users could experience a website like a book and click through "book pages".

With Microsoft Edge, a novelty came onto the market: the note function allowed the user to take notes directly in the open window, to mark important passages or individual words. Whether with the finger, a pen or the mouse: There were (almost) no limits. With the help of the OneDrive online storage, you could share previously marked websites with others or switch from one device to the next, for example to continue working while on the move. It got really multimedia when you interacted with the language assistant Cortana from Windows. Cortana tried to be the equivalent of Apple Siri.

Restart with Google Chromium engine

The logo of the new Edge browser based on Chromium
Image: Microsoft However, the first version of Microsoft Edge shared the same fate as Cortana: Both software products were hardly accepted by Microsoft users. The importance of Cortana has been scaled back sharply in Windows 10 after several updates. After all, Edge gradually came out as a browser app on Android and iOS from 2017 to 2018.

But there was no greater success for the Edge browser. Microsoft announced in 2018 that the previous Edge browser based on the in-house EdgeHTML engine will be crushed. The browser engine, also known as the HTML renderer, forms the invisible background program in every browser for the visualization of HTML and other web content. Microsoft decided to develop a completely new Edge browser based on the Chromium engine Blink developed by Google.

From the beginning of 2020, the new Edge browser was gradually automatically distributed to all Windows computers together with Windows updates. Microsoft promises that the new Edge will be faster than the old one and offer significantly more setting options. This is indeed what the new Edge offers, especially in the area of ​​data protection. The cross-device browser synchronization is also possible again (via the Microsoft account). In addition to bookmarks, there are now also "collections" with which users can better save content found on the Internet and keep it for later viewing.

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