It has been some time since Microsoft released the new version of edge browser based on chromium kernel. Not long ago, the new edge browser has been pushed to all users through windows update, which shows that Microsoft has great confidence in it. So does the new edge really challenge Chrome? The author has had a more detailed and in-depth experience on the new version of edge in recent months. Let’s share some of my experience with you.
the new version of edge browser is based on chromium, which means that for many functions of chrome, edge will be the same. For example, the edge browser is fully compatible with chrome extensions, which can be installed directly through the chrome store. Not only that, edge even supports Chrome’s theme skin (click here for a tutorial), a feature that other chrome browsers don’t have.
because of the kernel, edge has the foundation of functions on an equal footing with chrome. But beyond that, edge has a lot of great features that chrome doesn’t have!
this is one of the best-known features in edge. Reading mode has been popular among edge browsers with the old engine, and now the new chromium edge has inherited this function. In some pages, the address bar will display a logo of “enter the immersive reader”. After clicking on the logo, the page will be typeset like an e-book, making it easier to read articles and novels.
this is one of the advantages of edge over chrome – both old and new. Although the PDF reading of edge is not as smooth as before, the advantages such as notes and notes are inherited, and the experience is still much better than chrome.
this is a good news for some online banking security shields or old institutional websites. In the latest version of edge canary, the native ie open mode is added. Although chrome can also implement this function through extension, the implementation effect is certainly not as good as edge native.
after finishing the function, let’s talk about the performance. Because of the chrome kernel, the speed of edge and chrome is almost the same, and the advanced features of web pages are basically synchronized. However, the biggest difference between the two is the memory consumption.
as we all know, chrome consumes a lot of memory, and edge has an advantage in this respect. In Windows 10 2004, Microsoft brought the feature of segmentheap, which can reduce the memory consumption of edge browser by 27%. So far, chrome explicitly indicates that it does not support this feature, so edge has obvious advantages over chrome in terms of memory consumption.
of course, segmentheap is not all benefits, it will increase the burden of CPU to a certain extent. But now the CPU performance has already been excessive, in the six core eight core everywhere, this technology is more reasonable. If you’re really overwhelmed with memory, edge is a better choice than chrome.
this is an obvious advantage of edge over chrome. As we all know, chrome’s use of Google cloud service has a poor connection in China, while the cloud service of edge doesn’t have this problem. There are no barriers to the synchronization of bookmarks and historical records.
different from the old version of edge, the new edge browser is based on the chromium kernel, so it also has a stronger cross platform capability. There are corresponding versions on both PC and mobile phone. At this time, smooth cloud service becomes more valuable.
in addition, the edge browser installation extension is more grounded than chrome. The chrome store is difficult to access in China, so many chrome users can only find CRX files to install the extensions themselves. In addition to installing extensions through the chrome store, edge browsers also have their own extension stores, which can be connected smoothly.
said that edge has so many advantages, but many friends are regular users of chrome, and data like bookmarks are in chrome. Will the transfer cost be too high if the browser is changed rashly? You don’t have to worry.
edge browser can import all kinds of chrome data, including favorites, history records, passwords, etc., into edge. In other words, if you want to switch from chrome to edge, the experience is almost the same, and the migration is very convenient without any barriers.
in addition, edge browser also has the advantages of deep integration with win10 search and smooth rolling (Chrome’s smoothing algorithm is contributed by the edge team), which will not be listed here. The author believes that in the domestic environment, the comprehensive experience of edge is better than that of chrome. At that time, everyone ridiculed that the biggest function of IE pre installed in windows was to download chrome. Now it’s Chrome’s turn to fidget.