I tried Microsoft Edge for 2 weeks, and it was as bad as you think

Microsoft Edge
Internet Explorer has always been the browser for the uninitiated, for those that don’t understand the wonders of extensions, worry about online security, or care about usability. Microsoft is trying to ditch that stigma by dropping Internet Explorer all together. Now, every copy of Windows 10 comes with Edge, the company’s sleeker, more modern web browser, selected by default. Microsoft even feels its browser is a step above in speed and efficiency, especially when compared to resource-hogging Chrome.

I decided to give Edge a go, and used it exclusively for two weeks. My initial impressions of Edge were surprisingly positive. The browser was better than I imagined: It feels quick, the interface is intuitive, and it does have some neat features, like built-in annotation.

Life on the Edge wasn’t impossible, but it was tough, and I’m glad to be back on Chrome.

Upon loading Edge, I noticed that it has a very clean setup, with as little clutter as possible. It definitely looks appealing with its flat lines and sharp angles. It is obvious that Edge was made with Windows 10’s design in mind. In this sense, compared to Edge, Chrome does look like a 2008 design relic.

I’d say 90 percent of my time with Edge was positive. I could see myself using the browser intermittently, especially on a touch device like a Surface. But that final 10 percent ruins the experience.

Life on the Edge wasn’t impossible, but it was tough, and I’m glad to be back on Chrome. Below are some of the problems I’ve had using Microsoft’s newest browser.

Chrome is more responsive

I’ve always enjoyed Chrome’s responsiveness. When closing a tab, regardless of how much my computer was slowing down, hitting the small close icon worked immediately. When my Surface became overloaded, getting Edge to close its tabs was an ordeal. I continued to hit the big fat “X” to no avail, forcing me to bring up Task Manager.

Chrome is often accused of being a resource heavy hog, but in my experience it’s Edge that requires users on lesser powerful machines to be a bit more restrained.

Edge has some video playback issues

There were some other notable lags with Edge. Namely, source quality streaming on Twitch, when played on my Surface Pro 3, was choppy. But at least Twitch played, because videos on other sites would not work at all.

For example, Edge still does not support WebM video playback. WebM is a relatively new HTML 5 video format that is light and loads quickly. Certain sites have gone away from sharing GIFs, to sharing this kind of HTML 5 video instead. Microsoft has said that WebM playback is in the works, but eight months after Edge’s launch, it’s not available.

The views expressed here are solely those of the author and do not reflect the beliefs of Digital Trends.

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