Microsoft won and lost the web browser wars a very long time ago. Currently the king of browsers is Google Chrome, which holds more than 67% of overall browser share worldwide, with Microsoft Edge languishing behind on a paltry 5.15%. While Chrome has improved vastly in the last couple of years, it used to be an awful memory hog, and while it comes with tremendous benefits such as an extensive and vibrant plug-in library, there are issues.
Google, and I probably don’t need to tell you this, are one of the tech companies that are frequently talked about in the media for disrespecting the privacy of their users and customers. In recent years stories have broken about how Google Maps was secretly sending location tracking for people, even when they thought they’d turned that setting off, and for Gmail messages being read by algorithms that then used the information to target adverts at the recipient.
Google is in no way alone in this, as Apple, Facebook, and other companies have also come under scrutiny for privacy violations. Microsoft on the other hand has always taken a different approach, and has publicly vowed to never sell any of its users and customers data, and to never share data about people with third-parties.
But you won’t use Microsoft’s Edge web browser because it’s awful, and Chrome is much better. I get that. But what if I were to tell you that Microsoft are completely replacing Edge in Windows 10 with a new, different version of the browser that is based on Google Chrome, and that is in fact, the same as Chrome but with none of the privacy and data tracking you get from Google? Would you be interested?
Well the new version of Edge is currently in beta-testing, you can download and install it from here. It’s due for a full release on January 15th 2020 when it will be available for download for Windows 10, Windows 8.1, any Windows 7 machines in the enterprise that are still receiving support, and even for Apple’s OS X. It will also effectively be Google Chrome, albeit with a Microsoft skin and few custom features, which means that it’ll also support the huge library of browser plug-ins you’ll probably have come to rely on.
I’ll be releasing a series of articles about the new Edge browser to publish when it is finally released on January 15th 2020, but for now I do strongly encourage you to take a look.
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