I love the extensions and the look and feel of chrome, but then i realized that all these extensions now work on the new microsoft edge plus edge got a bunch of additional features that i always wish. Chrome had. Let’S take a look at why edge may actually be the better choice for youtube Music when it comes to internet browsers, google chrome dominates the market according to stack. Counter chrome currently has a share of about 67, while microsoft edge is just around 8. A major reason for this is the availability of extensions that you can add to chrome. All these third party add ons that let you customize the browser’s behavior and add all these extra features, it’s a great benefit, and even a necessity. Now, for most of us, microsoft, completely revamped edge in 2020. Edge is now based on the same open source, chromium platform. Just like chrome or opera, which means that all of these features and extensions that you’re used to from chrome are now available in h2, but that’s, not all let’s. Take a look at some other important criteria that give edge an edge number one privacy let’s face it. Google chrome is not exactly known for securing user privacy, i mean google’s. Whole business model is to collect data and use the information to tailor ads that you see, and even the results that you get on its services like google search and youtube. Microsoft has a different business model that’s, not mainly focused on advertising and with edge it’s easier to configure the privacy level of your browser in your settings under privacy.

Edge gives you three levels of tracking prevention in case you’re wondering what trackers are it’s explained right here. They’Re used by websites to collect info about your browsing. You can choose from these three levels: basic, balanced and strict. With balance the default. The different options are explained here in simple terms, with exceptions down here, you can set up individual exceptions for websites to allow all trackers, regardless of the chosen mode. Now you can never really be sure what happens with your data, but i like the user friendly approach in edge, which makes it easier for me to manage my settings and keep me better. Protected online number two features, because chrome and edge are now under the same framework. There isn’t that much difference and most of the features are similar, but there are a few that i really like in edge. The first one is about multitasking. I always use alt tab to switch between applications, but this didn’t work for tabs in the internet, browsers unless you used another shortcut, ctrl tab, which is a bit of a pain but in edge. You can now switch between tabs with alt tab. You’Ll see your browser tabs right alongside your other apps in the task switcher. So these three are tabs. I have open in edge and these two are other apps. There are also some settings to customize your experience. Click on windows start button settings, then click on system and select multitasking with this setting right here you can choose whether to show all or to only show your last three or five browser tabs so that you don’t overload this whole task switcher with the last option.

Open windows only you can turn off this feature in case you can’t get used to it. The other feature i really like are vertical tabs, because i often have a lot of tabs open in my browser. Traditionally they are displayed horizontally, which means they get narrower. As you open more tabs cutting off the page titles, which makes finding a specific tab a bit difficult, but in edge, you have the option to arrange them vertically. This way the titles remain visible. To make this switch, you just tap the little square icon on the far left side of the tab row. Now you have a separate column with the tabs. If you want to focus on a specific page content, you just have to collapse the pane when you hover over it it’s going to open back up. I usually just pin the pane to keep it always open. If you can’t get used to the vertical tabs, just click on the icon again to turn them off. In case you have an updated edge version, but you still don’t see the button you may have to activate it in the settings first to do that. Click on the ellipsis on the right, select settings and then appearance under customize toolbar make sure that the show vertical tabs button option is activated. Another nice feature that was introduced recently is sleeping. Tabs edge is going to put inactive tabs to sleep after a certain amount of time. According to microsoft, this can improve your memory and cpu usage by up to 30.

You’Ll recognize the sleepers when they become faded to resume a sleeping tab, just click on it. The tab will unfade and your content will be there immediately. You can customize the feature in the settings, click on the ellipses, then settings and then system. You can turn it on with the save resources, with sleeping tabs option over here with the drop down below you can specify the amount of time after which the tabs you go to sleep and, with the add button here you can add sites you never want to Put to sleep next feature is immersive reader, which is something i often use, especially on pages that have a lot of advertising it strips out all the visual noise, so you can concentrate on the text. Let me show you so let’s say i’m on this page, which has a lot of images and ads to turn on immersive reader. Just click on the book icon up here with the speaker or use the shortcut key f9. This strips out the text and changes the background to a warmer color to make it easier on the eyes with text preferences, you can customize the experience like change the text size or the background keep in mind. Not every website supports immersive reader. If you don’t see the button in the address bar it’s not available for the page, in addition, you also have the option to use a voice engine to read the text aloud. For you.

Just click on the button read aloud microsoft, surface book 3, 15 review. Stranger things or the new normal. I tested it for pages in english and german, and it works very well and sounds quite natural with voice options over here you can customize the experience that’s it for features. Let’S take a look at performance. I performed a couple of tests to measure the loading speed of websites which were by no means scientific. I couldn’t see any major performance differences between the two browsers, some pages report, a higher ram usage of chrome in some cases. But i couldn’t confirm that in my own limited tests with the recent updates, i think it’s fair to say that edge developed into an excellent browser in terms of popularity. Chrome will probably still remain the leader in the near future. But the additional features that come with edge convinced me to switch over. What do you think is edge, a valid alternative to chrome for you? Let me know in the comments now either way.