Microsoft Introduces Its New Browser, "Edge"

Microsoft Introduces Its New Browser, "Edge"

Late last week, Microsoft unveiled their newest browser, called Microsoft Edge. This is a future replacement to Internet Explorer (IE). While IE was the de facto standard browser for years, IE’s market share has been falling for several quarters now. What was once market domination for Microsoft has now become Google’s arena with Chrome. Microsoft is looking to change that by abandoning IE (though they will be keeping IE around for compatibility) as the default browser on the Windows operating system.

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What is Microsoft Edge?

In the past few years, IE has had some serious bad press around it. Nicknames like “Internet Exploder” and “Internet Eroder” have put the far better recent iterations of IE (like IE9 and IE10) in an uphill battle with consumers. However it hasn’t been just a press nightmare, Internet Explorer’s problems have been more from a web standard perspective.

Major Browser Improvements with Edge

The biggest past complaints with IE regarded incompatibilities and general lack of support with newer web standards like HTML5. Because of these incompatibilities and the lack of the WebKit browser layout engine (which is the basis of the Chrome and Safari browsers), this has made development for the IE browser extremely troublesome.

“Every time a browser is released, a developer loses their wings.”

Well, that’s not entirely true… but it can feel like that for web developers. Simple tasks to implement in Chrome, Safari or even Firefox can be extremely frustrating and virtually impossible in IE. Fortunately with the most recent iterations of IE and now Edge, Microsoft is embracing newer web standards like HTML5.

The most interesting thing about Microsoft Edge is the newer “EdgeHTML” layout engine, as opposed to the preview IE “Trident” layout engine. Microsoft has even announced support for Chrome and Firefox browser extensions.

Modernizing The Web

What’s the take away for marketers and businesses advertising on the web? Hopefully with Microsoft Edge, we will see better compatibility and a more standardized web. This could mean faster development timelines, less work to implement and more creativity in design and development of web content. The web has been held back by legacy code and older standards. Microsoft has been partially to blame with their long-term support timelines with browsers like IE8, which looks like Microsoft is trying to right some wrongs and start adopting more modern web standards.

By adopting browser extensions and leaving the legacy “Trident” engine behind should make the new browser more desirable with consumers and developers alike. In the meantime, the Blueprint staff will continue to play with Microsoft’s latest browser and keep your company’s site compatible with the latest and greatest web technologies.

By: Blueprint
  • Patrick Price

    Any new browser seems to always have components of other browsers like Chrome, Safari or Firefox but i’m happy to see Microsoft trying to reinvent itself with a new browser like Edge. I grew up around Internet Explorer and it was always my go-to browser before there was chrome or safari. It was obviously much better than netscape navigator (ew) ! Looking forward to trying this new browser out! Good read Erik!

  • Jeff Cline

    I’ll be on the list of skeptics, at least for a little bit. Once a power house and an “almost” monopoly on the PC market – Microsoft could lead in UI, and software design forcing the others to bend to their standards. A mentality that has left the company decades behind the curve when it comes to the ever growing base of mobile users and the communally adopted standards of HTML5 and CSS3.

    As long as Microsoft recognizes that it’s no longer first, or even second in the new race of personal devices (ruled by IOS and Android), they have the resources to keep pace with the younger competition. At the least it’s nice to see the development of Edge and an overdue attempt to join the modern browser standards geared toward a more mobile audience.

  • Chuniq Inpower

    I’m on the skeptical list as well @disqus_CwEtIqerlL:disqus! When I find something I like, I stick to it, and right now Chrome is the best browser to me for all of my current needs, especially when it comes to development and functionality. I’m eager to see how Microsoft will catch up with the times!

  • Somewhat surprisingly, Microsoft still accounts for about 20% of browser usage. I think there are still a lot of businesses that think of web development only in terms of Internet Explorer. It’s a legacy product still used by a lot of people. It’s important to educate businesses about how their websites run and look on various browsers, including mobile browsers. Hopefully, Edge will become a platform that keeps Microsoft in the conversation. Thanks, Erik.

  • Elizabeth Weaver

    Thanks for sharing, Erik! I’m interested to see how successful this will be. I can’t help but giggle since our conversation about the logo. Great stuff.

  • Naima

    This is an interesting move for Internet Explorer. I’m used to Chrome, so it will feel odd to use another browser, but I can’t wait to check it out and see how it works.

  • Samantha Torres

    About time! But I’m with Jeff that I’m skeptical if this is really a change toward the better as far as IE goes. It’ll be interesting to see how long it takes for the normal IE user base to come over to Edge.

  • Joshua Bains

    It will be riveting to see how this changes the browser wars – if at all. Isn’t what everyone wants an easier interface? They have it here. The old advertising of Apple’s that showed left brain Microsoft tough to overcome.

  • Adam Baxter

    I think there is still a lot more browsers can offer when it comes to exploring the internet. I don’t think it’s just about simplicity and UI, but offering unique functions and tools, and maybe even crazy things like 3D browsing! Point being; there are still awesome things that can be done, so there is no reason why Microsofts new browser can’t succeed. So long as is focuses on being unique, instead of just following trends.