If you didn’t already know, Microsoft has a new Edge browser, and it’s much better than what we now know as the “legacy” version of Microsoft Edge. Based on Google’s open-source Chromium engine (the same engine that powers the popular Google Chrome browser), the new Edge contains many features that Google Chrome lacks in its current state. Not to mention, it’s faster and optimized for the modern web compared to the “old” Edge.
If you’re about to “upgrade” to the new Microsoft Edge and have depended on Chrome for the past few years, we’ve got a note for you with our latest article. We’ll look at some reasons why you might want to move your mouse to the Edge logo and finally click on it. Here are five things Microsoft Edge does well that Google Chrome can’t.
Thing 1: immersive reader
First on our list is Immersive Reader. Immersive Reader is a feature designed to transform the web pages you read into a more natural state. It is useful for reading longer news articles or research papers. You can access it by clicking on the book icon in the address bar.
Once you do that, you will see that Immersive Reader removes ads, spaces in a web page and gives you a clear view of what you want to read. You can even select text and have Edge read it to you, or choose to see syllables, parts of speech. There are even options to change text size, spacing, and select new themes.
This is a feature that Google Chrome does not currently have upfront. Instead it is hidden behind a flag via “chrome://flags/#enable-reader-mode”. Even when enabled via a flag, Chrome’s Reader Mode isn’t as comprehensive as Microsoft Edge’s. There’s no read-aloud, no ability to see syllables or change spacing. In this area, Edge is several miles ahead of Chrome.
Thing 2: Collections
Next on our list is Collections. This feature is designed to help you keep track of the ideas and things you come across on the web. It can be accessed by clicking the plus icon in the address bar, right next to your profile picture.
Once you click on collections, you can create your own. You can add any web page you are currently on to the collection, so you can save the web page for later. You can even drag images into the collection or drag a link or highlight text. Once the content is added, a map will appear. The map will contain information at a glance, including a link. You can even add sticky notes to the collection!
Keep in mind that Microsoft Edge is cross-platform and available on iOS, Android, macOS, and even Linux, so anything added to a collection will sync across all your devices. This makes it much easier to access your recipes and saved items.
Again, Chrome does not currently have this feature and is only found in Microsoft Edge. You can add similar functionality with third-party extensions like EverNote, but keep in mind that Edge integration is native and doesn’t require any additional downloads.
Thing 3: Vertical Tabs
Third on the list is vertical tabs. One of the newer features of Microsoft Edge, it is currently available in Beta, Canary, and Dev versions of the browser. It’s also hidden behind a flag in the standard version of Edge (you can use edge://flags) by searching for vertical tabs. It’s slated to officially come to Edge stable soon, but this feature is designed for people who have a lot of tabs open.
As the name suggests, you can move your tabs from Edge’s top bar to Edge’s sidebar. This will allow you to see tabs as thumbnails and easier access to commands, such as mute and close. You can also rearrange tabs more easily, using drag and drop. it is accessible via a button in the upper left corner and will place tabs in a pane. Whenever you want to see this, you can hover over the pane to see the tabs.
Chrome does not have this feature, but Chrome has a “Tab groupwhich will let you combine multiple tabs into groups so you can clean up the top bar when multitasking. Microsoft says Edge is the only browser to feature built-in vertical tabbed browsing.
Thing 4: Inking and Annotating PDFs
Landing fourth on our list is the ability for you to ink and annotate PDFs in Microsoft Edge. This is available to you by simply using Edge as your default web browser and opening PDFs as you normally would when downloading a PDF. If you already use Adobe Reader, you can also set Edge as the default PDF reader. You can do this by going to Windows 10 settings, finding default apps, choosing default apps by file type, and then choosing default Microsoft Edge.
Either way, Edge’s PDF capability is excellent. You can click the Draw button to draw anywhere on the PDF with your finger or a Surface Pen on touch-enabled devices. You can also highlight, too. This is a very useful feature, especially for students. Even better, changes can be saved, so your inking can be viewed in other programs or even Google Chrome.
Thing 5: Web Capture
The last thing we want to talk about is Edge’s web capture feature. It’s the one that was recently introduced in Edge, and it’s yet another unique feature. With Web Capture, you can take screenshots and capture content from the web, directly from Edge, without the need for third-party tools. or programs.
Web Capture works by clicking CTRL + SHIFT + S on your keyboard (or via the . . . menu in Edge.) Once clicked, you’ll get a selection tool to capture the content you want. You will then see the option to copy the image to your clipboard or add notes, which will allow you to annotate the screenshot and then add it to your clipboard or record. Again, this is a great feature for research, building on the inking features we mentioned in “Thing 4”.
Google Chrome also lacks this web capture feature. You can get similar functionality with extensions, but they’re not natively built into the browser.
Try Edge, it’s awesome!
Now that we’ve looked at five Edge features that Chrome doesn’t have, we hope we’ve convinced you that Edge isn’t so bad. In fact, Microsoft plans to end support for the legacy version of Edge soon, which means now is a better time than ever to try out the new Edge in favor of Chrome. New Edge has overtaken Firefox in popularity as the second most used browser in the world, so it’s slowly rising to the top. Trust us, you won’t want to miss this.