It Finally Happened. I Switched to Microsoft Edge, And Here's Why You Should Too
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For too long, I was adamant not to switch. Google Chrome gave me access to my life. I used Chrome to work my job, to learn how to code, to chat with friends over Hangouts and Discord, to watch hours of YouTube videos on any subject under the sun, and to literally do anything else I could imagine.
Google Chrome meant more to me than just some old web browser. It was a monument to my online and internet-connected life. So why am I ditching this marker of what pays the bills and brings me life? Well… I will not lie. I’m bored.
Chrome just can’t compete with features other web browsers put out. I’ve switched to several web browsers before, but I’ve always limply crawled back to Chrome after a day or two. Not this time, however. This time, I will cheat on Chrome with Google’s biggest rivel and the second most used web browser in the world. Microsoft Edge, welcome into my life.
Why Did I Switch?
Don’t get me wrong, Google Chrome has some awesome features. But those are all non-unique when comparing it to Microsoft Edge. Microsoft Edge is build upon Chromium, an open-source browser that Google Chrome is based-off. What does this mean? Well, that means that any browser-based off of Chromium can basically do everything and anything that Google Chrome can. Edge can install Chrome extensions, run webpages or apps optimized from Chrome, and just act and feel like Chrome in general.
Edge can also import all our bookmarks and passwords from Chrome with the click of a button. I could move to Microsoft Edge and not only not notice a major difference but not even miss a single heartbeat.
Okay, so we’ve established that Chrome and Edge are similar browsers. But in that case, why switch? Going back to what I said earlier, not only does Edge have every Chrome feature that could possibly exist, but it also has WAY more features. What are some of these features? Good question!
My Favorite Edge Features
There are a couple of main things I really love about Microsoft Edge. I’ve just started using the browser, so it’s not an exhaustive list, and I’m sure I’ll probably come to love many other current and new features, but for now, these are features I cherish. While Chrome pretty much never gets any major features, new things are always headed Edge’s way!
Number 1: Vertical Tabs. This is simply AMAZING. Edge has a vertical tab mode where instead of your tabs being on top like a normal browser, they switch to the left side of your screen. You can switch between the vertical mode and the normal mode at the click of a button.
Number 2: Collections. Edge’s collection feature is awesome. You can save several different web pages together, as well as several virtual stick notes together, into one folder. You can make as many folders as you want. It’s so good, it’s started to replace some of my bookmarking habits.
Number 3: Favorites/History Dropdown. Edge’s favorites and history drop-down makes me wonder who in their sane mind would ever want to go back to Chrome’s version of it.
Number 4: Sync Tab Feature. One of the biggest reasons I’ve never left Chrome was because I can easily sync tabs between my devices by using the “send to device” feature on Chrome where you could just click to the right of any URL in the omnibox and then simply send it to any device you had Chrome installed on.
But that got very tedious. Additionally, the given device would have to click on a notification that popped up, versus the tab actually being automatically opened. With Edge, you can just go into the settings and enable the “tab sync” feature that syncs all your tabs from one device to another.
You can also use the “continue on PC” feature to send a tab from Edge on your phone to Edge on one of your computers.
Number 5: Drawing and Web Capture. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again. Microsoft KILLED it in terms of creating a PC browser with good touch support. As a computer enthusiast who owns a 2-in-1 combo with a stylus pen, this has not gone unappreciated by me. If I ever want to write on a PDF or a webpage, I’ve always opened up Edge instead of Chrome because Chrome just can’t do it. I’ve tried with some third-party extensions to bring that functionality to Chrome, but it’s not an amazing experience. Plus, why try hard when an amazing browser already brings an amazing feature to you easily?
In any case, if you have a stylus, I recommend giving it a spin with Edge. If you’ve ever used Word or OneNote with your stylus, then you’ll feel right at home!
But additionally, there’s also a web capture feature that lets you take a screenshot of any page, write on it, and then either download it or copy it to your clipboard. You can use ctrl-shift-s or hit a button near the top of the browser to active it. While I prefer using windows-shift-s and using Window’s built-in screenshot editor, I think that Edge having this built-in is insanely cool.
I will not lie, my switch was nerve-racking and was super difficult. I was just so used to Chrome, it was impossible for me to leave. But that all passed once I spent some time getting to know Edge.
What do you think of my switch? Has my journey encouraged you to look at other software in life and not just use software that you’ve grown accustomed to? Or perhaps, my journey has helped you realize that you’re too attached to Chrome to possibly leave it. Regardless, I would love to hear your opinions in the comments below!