Microsoft Edge Chromium

Microsoft Edge Chromium

We all love Google’s Chrome browser and I must admit I use it all the time, I mean let’s address the elephant in the room. It eats RAM! But the speed and fluency of the Chrome browser I find it hands down better than Internet Explorer, Edge or Firefox. With a store full of extensions and customisation (Ad Block) it helps me navigate around the web without being bombarded with adverts.

With most organisations there is a need to stay Microsoft when deploying end user devices, this could be because you want more control on the browser, whilst Chrome in the early days didn’t do much to assist with granular control. It however does provide ADMX backed policies to control those minute settings to customise a browser for a organisations specific needs.

Internet Explorer is still around and well it won’t disappear anytime soon (I think!), we must move away from it one day. Organisations who deploy the latest Windows 10 OS to users tend to overlook Internet Explorer. Many legacy apps which are web based or interact with via the web utilise Internet Explorer in order to work not mentioning the 1800+ group policy settings you can enable…Yikes! The best recommendations on Internet Explorer is, if possible remove it!

Edge the new kid on the block was meant to be the successor of IE. It didnt go down to well when it failed to handle certain sites and would hand over back to IE. That’s 2 browsers users had to use!! More recently the Edge browser has stood up on it’s own but it is still clunky and slow in my opinion.

So where do we go now…?

Microsoft have revamped the Microsoft Edge browser to utilise Chromium. Yes that’s right! Microsoft are using Google’s Chromium power to bring a fast, fluent browsing experience to Windows 10 users. Using it over the past week has given a breath of fresh air to my Edge browser. I’m able to add all the extensions I used on chrome with the new Edge browser and it’s just as fast as Edge. This is defiantly a game changer with a whole new user experience. Admins no longer need to deploy Chrome to devices and users will still experience the same Edge UI but with lightening speed.

Go ahead download the new Edge browser (insider preview) and try it out for yourself.

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