Microsoft Edge

Updated: 08/16/2021 by Computer Hope
Microsoft Edge

Code-named "Spartan," Microsoft Edge is the latest Internet browser from Microsoft that was introduced with Microsoft Windows 10 as a replacement for Internet Explorer. The Edge browser comes pre-installed with Windows 10.

A new version of the Microsoft Edge browser, based on Chromium, was released in January 2020. The new version is more lightweight than the original Edge browser, and has improved performance. Being based on Chromium, like the Google Chrome browser, it has similar features and menu options as Chrome. It is also available for use on Windows 7, Windows 8, and Windows 8.1 computers.


With the release of the new Microsoft Edge browser, the original Microsoft Edge browser was renamed to "Microsoft Edge Legacy."

Microsoft Edge new version

The new version of Microsoft Edge is available through the Windows update process and also by direct download from the Microsoft Edge download page.

Microsoft Edge features

  • More modern, lightweight, and reduced resource consumption.
  • Support for "inking" or the ability to write on a web page.
  • Support for Firefox and Chrome add-ons.
  • Faster page rendering
  • Integration with Cortana.
  • Automatic form fill
  • Private browsing
  • More security features
  • No longer includes ActiveX

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