News hardware Microsoft Edge: new features that will make your life much easier
He doesn’t know how to make coffee yet, but maybe he will. Microsoft Edge, Microsoft’s web browser, will soon be getting new features. Calculator, unit converter, automatic translator, and even a speed test program: we take stock of the manufacturer’s announcements to make its software more efficient, more versatile and (at least this is the objective), more attractive to Internet users using competing web browsers.
New features for Microsoft Edge
Internet Explorer is dead, but its successor intends to stay alive, and better than ever. Microsoft plans to include new features in Microsoft Edgethe default web browser for all Windows-based PCs, tablets, and other devices.
According to roadmap from the manufacturer, several “tools frequently used” by Internet users will now be natively integrated into the browser. In the same document, Microsoft cites a calculator, a converter of measurement units, as well as a tool allowing to test the speed of its connection. As usual, Microsoft would first test these features in Edge Canary, the version of the browser dedicated to developers, before rolling them out on a larger scale – a priori during the month of August 2022still according to roadmap disclosed by the company.
That would not be all: according to the site Neowin, Microsoft would also have planned to include in Edge a world clock, a dictionary, as well as a translator. All in “native” mode, that is to say accessible in one click, and without having to connect to a dedicated site. As the specialized media wisely points out, it remains to be seen how all this will integrate into the software, without the interface becoming disorganized or counter-intuitive.
A browser that wants to dethrone Google Chrome
These innovations are a continuation of a series of updates designed to make Edge more attractive. Last May, Microsoft began the deployment of Secure Network, a natively integrated VPN, and was testing the “Drop” functionality, a file transfer tool from one machine to another through the browser.
The objective of the Redmond firm is clear: nibble market share in a segment dominated by Google, and its Chrome browser. Where Google’s software invites users to install many extensions to access more features, Microsoft intends to integrate these by default.
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And, in case this ambition is not sufficiently explicit, Edge has also provided a tool to make it easier to transfer your bookmarks, history and passwords from Chrome. Time will tell if this strategy pays off, or if users continue to prefer Google’s browser.