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Windows 10 came with a lot of new features and one of the most important additions is the new Microsoft Edge browser with Cortana integration. This browser, which was codenamed Project Spartan, replaces the old and criticized Internet Explorer, which was becoming less and less used. So, is Edge good enough to make the users forget about the Chrome or Firefox browsers? Below, you’ll find a comparison between Edge and Internet Explorer 11 and you’ll draw conclusions based on the new features and performance.

User Interface

Microsoft hasn’t worked much on the UI of the new browser, because the logo seems similar and only a few changes were made to the page layouts. But the Edge is definitely more impressive than the previous browser, as it has a more minimalistic interface, which offers a sleeker experience (IE had a clunky navigation). It’s not as gorgeous as Chrome, but it’s very aesthetical. And the navigation buttons have been reduced as much as possible.

New Features

The previous IE didn’t have the best functionality, as it lacked many features, but Microsoft tried to fix this problem and came with some features that will please a lot of users. The annotation feature involves a button located at the top, which will overlay OneNote onto the web page you’re visiting, and will allow you to write notes, draw or highlight sections and even copy some parts of the page and save them to OneNote or share them via different channels. Also, the Pocket-style Reading List function saves any webpage to a list and you can read it later. Consider it a temporary bookmarks feature.

Performance

Without a doubt, Microsoft did its best to make Edge more responsive and slicker than IE, which has an inferior performance. It has no problem dealing with HTML5 content, and in the HTML5 benchmark tests, Edge managed to score 402 out of 555, while the predecessor obtained a score of 348.

In the Jetstream Javascript benchmark, the old browser had scores of 33.7 and 34.2 respectively (the average score was 33.9), being way behind Edge, with an average score of 51.4, obtained from 45.7 and 56.4.

In the Sunspider Javascript benchmark, however, it seems that Edge was outperformed by IE, but you shouldn’t take this test into consideration, because the developers are no longer maintaining it and the results aren’t really reliable.

The users will notice that Edge requires more memory that IE, and to give you an example on what to expect, then open 14 tabs, play a video and run a web-based photo editor, and you’ll see that Edge will use 27.2MB of RAM, while IE will need only 12.9MB of RAM.

Even the boot time is faster with Edge, as it requires 17 seconds to load 14 tabs, with four seconds more than IE.

  • Mark Monforti

    For now its unusable because of no extensions. I can’t easily login to any of my sites with lastpass.

  • bobe2

    I am very happy with IE 11, edge does not impress in any regard IMO

  • Timothy Greenly

    I can use Edge but prefer IE 11 and in real life out here Edge is just not that much better or easier to use.

  • njsokalski

    IE11 had absolutely nothing wrong with it, the problem was the users that refused to accept that Internet Explorer IS a good browser! There was nothing wrong with the interface, it had perfect capabilities, and was pretty much perfect. The only real thing missing from IE11 that was added in Edge is the inking/annotation feature. I would have preferred keeping IE11 with inking capabilities added (or if that feature was significant enough, IE12) rather than having all my favorite features reorganized, hidden, or removed.

  • jopamine

    i miss the modern ie 11 interface

  • Jimr

    “The previous IE didn’t have the best functionality, as it lacked many features, but Microsoft tried to fix this problem and came with some features that will please a lot of users.”
    Quick show of hands: how many people would trade away every feature this article lists for a “save link as” entry on the right-click menu? Yeah, let’s not talk about increased functionality with Edge.

  • keith

    hate it – in what way is it better than ie11?

  • Bill Jones

    I agree with everybody here. IE 11 worked perfectly. It’s just that people are stuck in the past. They remember the IE of 10 years ago. These are the same people who still think Chrome is a good browser. Frankly, Microsoft should have just added the inking feature to IE and renamed it instead of creating a new browser that isn’t as good as IE was. The stupid Google sheeple of the world wouldn’t know any better.

  • Edge is horrible. It is far from prime time.