I switched. I switched back to Chrome. I did it because of 2 things: 1): Edge started to freeze, crash, and was rendering websites incorrectly, and 2): As of Chrome 55 which was released in December, Chrome uses significantly less memory. And I will admit, Chrome does have a lot more functionality than Edge. So yeah, that’s it right there, I switched, for good.
Remember the good ol’ days where Internet Explorer ruled the world with its sluggish performance and security threats? Until Google Chrome came and changed it all, that is.
For years, Google Chrome has ruled all browsers and has been the most widely used web browser around. Then privacy was a concern, and Mozilla came out with Firefox. Since then, Firefox and Chrome are the most popular browsers, and Internet Explorer was sitting unused on Windows computers. Windows 8 came, Internet Explorer 9, came, Microsoft claimed that Internet explorer was a faster browser. It even came up with an ugly touch centric version of Internet explorer on Windows 8 PCs. It was time Microsoft realized that Internet explorer was not a browser anymore unlike 1998, it was merely a tool to download another browser.
Microsoft soon realized this is and instead of refreshing Internet explorer, it just came up with an entirely new web browser which debuted with Windows 10: Microsoft Edge.
In case you’re confused, Microsoft edge doesn’t at all build up on the bases of Internet Explorer. It’s faster, cleaner, and more compatible. The funny part is that Microsoft still left Internet Explorer untouched, and even ships it with new PCs pre-installed with Windows 10. Microsoft claims that Internet explorer still ships for compatibility purposes. Personally, that’s a mere 5% of the web that only works on Internet Explorer. But Kudos to Microsoft for taking care of its existing cliental, even if it’s a mere 5% of the Web. However, another interesting thing to note is that a website which will only work on Internet explorer and not Chrome or Firefox still works on Edge, although Microsoft claims that Edge has nothing to do with IE.
Nonetheless, Edge is still a great browser and its seamless integration with Windows 10 is great. But how does it stack up against the king of Browsers, Google Chrome?
NOTE: THE FOLLOWING COMPARISON IS BASED ON MY USAGE CASE AND MY PREFERENCE. YOUR USAGE CASE MAY BE DIFFERENT THAN MINE OR YOU MAY PREFER ANOTHER BROWSER OVER ANOTHER.
One thing to note is that I don’t believe in benchmarking web browsers because web speed depends solely on your internet speed. Also, each and every website is unique and contains a different amount of graphics and code. So you could benchmark a web browser, say Edge, but in real world usage Edge turns out slower in certain websites whereas it was faster in the benchmark. Benchmarking web browsers is not the same as benchmarking computer hardware in terms of performance. With that out of the way, let’s go ahead and compare the two browsers.
In terms of UI (user interface), I really used to like Chrome’s minimal and modern UI. To me, Firefox UI was a bit cluttered and not that user friendly. However, I really like Edge’s new UI, and when I go back to Chrome for whatever reason, it feels cluttered. Edge is also building on Microsoft’s recent flat design which its incorporating throughout Windows 10, so Edge also tends to blend in to the Windows 10 interface better than Chrome. Edge wins this round.
Speed. This is the key factor that many consider when choosing a browser. And, I must admit, Chrome redefined browser speed. However, speed also depends on many different factors such as your internet speed and also your computer. For example, if you have an older computer, Chrome will take forever to load a page because your hardware is slow (e.g low RAM, slow processor etc.). We will cover the hardware performance later below, but under ideal circumstances, both Chrome and Edge will give you identical results in speed, some websites loading faster on either browser. But Edge is not painfully slow like Internet Explorer was. The winner in this round is a tie between Edge and Chrome.
In terms of compatibility, well Edge basically uses the same rendering engine that Chrome and Firefox use, so websites are mostly compatible. Again, no Internet Explorer legacy here with incompatibility on websites. Winner in this round is a tie between Edge and Chrome.
The next biggest factor when choosing a browser is hardware performance, and this round is where Edge and Chrome are miles apart from each other. Google Chrome is very resource intensive. At any given time you’ll have roughly 50% of your RAM taken up in my usage case. On a 2GB RAM computer I always had 75-80% of my RAM taken up by Chrome. On a 4GB RAM computer I always had 45-50% of my RAM taken up by Chrome. In comparison, Edge on the 2GB RAM computer took up about 20-30% of my RAM, and on the 4GB computer took up 10-15% of my RAM. To further elaborate, Firefox always took up 50% of my RAM on the 2GB computer, and roughly 25-30% on the 4GB computer. In these usage cases, on average I had 3 tabs open, namely Facebook, my blog, and a YouTube video playing at 720p. RAM usage will also vary greatly depending on your usage. In terms of CPU utilization, I don’t have the exact numbers, however Chrome definitely does benefit from a high end CPU, and benefits greatly from multi-core CPUs. Edge and Firefox on the other hand are not that CPU dependant. So the winner in this round is clearly Edge.
Extensions. To me they don’t matter that much however some users depend greatly on them. Since the Windows 10 Anniversary Update, Edge now supports extensions, however not many extensions are available yet on Edge. So if you depend on extensions, Chrome is totally your guy. Have a low-end PC? Then Firefox is for you.
Security. Google Chrome ruled this field. Firefox had caught up with Chrome, but recently a few security exploits made Firefox weaker in this field. Edge does a better job at detecting malicious software downloads, because Edge depends on Windows Defender and Windows Smart Screen filter. However Edge’s phishing website recognition is poor. Way poorer than Chrome; in fact, there’s no comparison. Although Microsoft claims that the security team is working on it and that the Windows 10 Creator’s Update will feature more security updates to Edge. Now here I must say that Edge failed in browser security “Benchmarks” but I’m pretty sure in normal day to day use Edge should protect you against phishing sites. Besides, you shouldn’t be depending on browser security anyway, you should have a mind of your own. So the winner in this round is again a tie, Chrome will protect you against phishing better, and Edge against malicious downloads.
So to conclude, it all boils down to your personal preference. For me, Edge is the winner. For you, it could be something else. However I must point out that Edge is only available on Windows 10, and if you don’t have the Anniversary Update, then you’ll encounter a lot of freezes and bugs. I strongly recommend using the Anniversary Update version of Edge if you want a more faster, secure and bug free browsing experience. Edge also has a couple of features built in that are otherwise available on Chrome in the form of extensions that slow down your browser, such as Inking on the web and reading view, which is quite convenient. For a full list of Edge’s features, visit Microsoft’s page here.
Which browser do you prefer?
Have you run into any issues, compatibility or otherwise while using Edge?
Let us know in the comments below.
P.S on a side note, sorry for not uploading in a long time, I just didn’t feel like uploading.