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Microsoft Updates Edge With A Set Of Stellar New Features To Beat Chrome


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By Kate O'Flaherty





Microsoft Edge has been busy launching a barrage of new features over the last few months as it looks to beat Chrome in the browser wars. This momentum doesn’t seem to be slowing, because Edge has just launched a set of stellar new features that could be especially attractive to business users as the work from home trend continues.


First up is an update to the PDF experience, with the ability to add notes to your PDFs, which is due to launch next month. This also includes a functionality that allows users to navigate through large PDF files via new interactive tables of content. 


At the same time, it’s now going to be possible to search for work files directly inside the Edge browser directly from the address bar. To use this you need Microsoft Search configured, then type “work” and press the Tab key to search your company’s network for your work files. 

Another work-related Microsoft Edge update is also about to launch to let IT admins manage specific work related apps on user devices as well as the browsing users do from their Work Profile in Edge.



Edge integration with other Microsoft products

Integration with other Microsoft products is a key factor as the IT giant looks to entice more business users to use the updated Edge browser. Edge now supports native policies for Microsoft Endpoint Data Loss Prevention, which are used to find and protect sensitive items across Microsoft 365 services, Microsoft said in a blog highlighting the firm’s security credentials.  


Another soon to launch feature of note highlighted by Bleeping Computer is Sleeping Tabs, which Microsoft says can improve memory usage by up to 26%. It can also reduce CPU usage by 29% potentially resulting in battery savings.


Other recent Microsoft Edge updates include a feature called “Web Capture” which allows you to take a screenshot of a webpage—in full or cropped—and copy it to the clipboard or preview it. The browser is also adding security features such as alerts for the Edge password monitor if a compromised password is detected.


Microsoft Edge 85 targeted business users working from home with the ability to send your Edge collections to One Note as well as Word and Excel and the option to synchronize browser favorites and settings between Active Directory profiles within your own environment without the need for cloud sync.

Microsoft Edge: A valid Chrome alternative?

These features have been pretty popular, but not everyone is a fan—Microsoft’s decision to bring its Edge browser to all Windows users has put some people off


Even so, Microsoft Edge is doing well, even reaching the number two position in the browser market behind Google Chrome. Like Chrome, Edge is based on the Chromium browser engine, which means there are a lot of the same features and functionalities, and it’s an easier swop for those business users looking to switch. 


Security and privacy are differentiating factors when working from home; it’s a major challenge to manage a remote workforce and ensure everyone stays secure. These new features should encourage any people already using Edge, and could entice more Chrome users to give Microsoft’s browser a try.



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