As I was thinking about this, I wonder if Google takes offense to being paired with Edge or if Microsoft takes offense to being tied to the Chromium project and its Google connections.
Or maybe not.
It will come as no surprised to regular readers that I have this newish browser installed on my computer and I’m using it to write this blog post. I’ve had the Developer Edition installed since it was made available. In today’s world, we’re going to want the best browser we can have, n’est-ce pas? So, I’ve been kicking the tires with Microsoft’s proposed successor to its original Edge. I’m guessing that Edge didn’t have the uptake or the features that Microsoft wanted as a standalone offering and so wanted to join the Chromium world with all of the others – Chromium, Chrome, Opera, Brave, Vivaldi, …
As luck would have it, I have those installed on this computer as well. Each has its own unique features. With my slow internet connection, advertisement blocking is crucial and so Opera and Brave were welcomed with open arms with their built-in blockers. The others achieve the blocking via extension so that is good. So many extensions have been written to go along with Chromium and they slide nicely into place with all of the products. Interestingly, the others have their own store but will let you click through to the big repository at Google to add others.
As with all of the browsers that I use, I’m a big reader of their blog and updated features; Edge’s is here.
It’s also the place where you can download the application for your computer if you’re so inclined. And, you’re not just limited to Windows 10.
The Developer’s Channel has served me well so I don’t see myself changing at any time in the near future.
All of the browsers based on Chromium have their own unique customizations. For example, Edge lets you adjust your new tab page.
In true modern fashion, none of the browsers claim to be finished. Updates and features are to be expected and we will only be winners as a result.
There is a nebulous (at least to me) part of all of these and that deals with how they handle Privacy. Adding an extension is easy enough. Generally, you do it because you want a feature and you can tell whether or not a feature is working properly just by using it. Privacy always seems just like a claim to me. How do I know that those little switches and options actually do what you think they might? I’d love to know the answer to that and how to test for it.
In the meantime, my quest for the ultimate browser continues. I didn’t know what to expect from Chromium Edge but I’m pleasantly pleased. There really is no learning curve to getting started and customization isn’t a big deal anymore.
Will this be the ultimate winning browser? I don’t know but it’s fun running it through my regular routine and seeing that it holds up nicely.