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Windows 10’s Edge Browser Might Replace Google’s Chrome – Here’s Why


Internet Explorer has been around since ages as a default browser from Windows.

With the upcoming release of Windows 10, the browser is going to be replaced by Edge. The newest update from Microsoft indicates that this cutting ‘Edge’ performance oriented browser will certainly overtake the way we’ve been browsing the web till now. With several fabulous features such as reading lists and webpage annotation, the Edge is certainly quite a stunner. Here’s how to update your knowledge of how to browse using the advanced Edge browser.

The release of Windows 10 is as much creating the ripples among users as is the introduction of the new Edge browser. Even very recently, Edge was known as Spartan. The feature oriented, advanced, fast, modern browser has the ability to entice Chrome users to it. Edge is still in beta and is stated to be released at the end of July. It will include Cortana search assistant, and a cluster of reading mode capabilities, as well as the benefit to share and annotate webpages. The preview gives us an interesting insight into this new browser.

Reading Mode

Often while reading a text or article on the webpage you just want to avoid unnecessary stuffs on the page that makes the reading clumsy. The simple tool ensures that you can find yourself into a much more reformatted page that gives just enough space to make reading easier. The text and just the associated images will be seen on the page. This may not work well on every site, but if it does you’ll see an icon.

There are so many text contents in a webpage. Hence, just clicking on the homepage might not provide the desired results as it may confuse the browser. Simply go to the browser on the top right section where you’ll find an icon that looks like an open book. However, if the icon can be clicked only when the page is in reading mode, otherwise it will grey out.

Reading List
Having so much interesting to read on the web is so overwhelming at times such that you want to keep up with all articles and never miss out on one! But, that would be a great task and not that much ideal if you tend to think in that way. Bookmarking and saving your favorite posts can be done if you want to come back to reading them later. Even apps like Instapaper and Pocket have been able to save articles in them until you read. With the Edge browser’s Reading List feature now you get to keep reading them directly!

Click on the star icon at the far right corner of the address/search bar. Choose ‘Reading List’ from the top icon that comes with two options. Then click on add. At the top box there you’ll find four icons a star, a clock, pile of lines, and an arrow. Click on ‘Reading List’ to explore the list of your saved articles.

Annotation and sharing webpages
Annotate web pages with the impressive Edge feature that does not require an add-on or plug-in. If you want to annotate, just click on the icon at the right of the reading list that appears like a square with a pen on the inside. The top bar is now purple and few more icons have appeared on the left. These are as follows:

a) Feature: Pen
The pen is the first option that allows you to scribe whatever you want to on the webpage. Click on the icon to select the color and thickness of the pen line. This allows you to scribble whatever you want on the page. In fact, with a touch enabled device draw using your fingers or use a stylus working the trackpad or mouse for easier movement.

b) Feature: Eraser
The eraser is used to remove any annotation error. This feature doesn’t function quite well and still requires improvements. We hope that the issue gets fixed soon.

c) Feature: Highlighter
The highlighter works down the dropdown menu with color and style options. Drag the cursor to mark anything on the page.

d) Clipper
The clipper helps you to highlight any part of the page and then copy it to the clipboard. This copied portion can be pasted into documents, emails, and various other applications.

e) Typed Notes
Make notes on a page using the speech box. When you select the tool, your cursor turns into a cross that you can use to add your thoughts in the text box.