Whether you like it or not, Microsoft’s browser Edge is pre-installed on your Windows 10 computer. The chances that you’ll like it may have improved slightly with the latest round of added features.
The less-preferred alternative to Chrome and Firefox has added new functions, including a more flexible tab organisation and a handy password checker.
Edge’s menu bar with open tabs, usually placed at the top of the screen, can now be arranged vertically on the left or right edge.
Another new feature is Collections, which can be used to save your research. This can be handy if your browser gets cluttered with tabs while you’re looking into a particular topic. You can then save your research to a group of pages, close it and come back to it later.
Edge now also has a password monitor, similar to the one Firefox has had for quite some time. This compares all passwords that are stored in your browser with databases of compromised user data shared online. If there’s a match – ie. if some platform has been hacked and your password was part of the leaked data – Edge will warn you.
Edge meanwhile prides itself on its existing Smart Copy feature, which lets you copy and past more than just text. Text formatting, tables, images and links also appear in the cache and can be copied and pasted elsewhere.
And with Edge’s new InPrivate function, which deletes cookies and history after you close down, your privacy should be better protected than before.
Edge is available on Windows 7, 8 and 10 computers, as well as on macOS, iOS and Android devices.