Microsoft Edge focuses on four pillars of security: protection, transparency, control and respect. The browser allows for a granular approach to tracker security by allowing per site exceptions and the blocking of specific trackers. You can view and delete all of your data collected by Microsoft and Edge from your Microsoft account.
“Microsoft Edge is designed to detect and block trackers”1Edge Privacy from websites you have not visited by default. However, you can always allow or block specific trackers individually. One of my favorite security features is the list of Blocked Trackers. Edge keeps a list of all trackers that have been blocked along with how many times.
I have been using Edge for the better part of 2 months and it has been great. Initially I started looking for a new browser when Chrome was becoming increasingly slower and Google was increasing their ad targeting. Even though both Chrome and Edge use the chromium project, Edge performs better in my daily use.
Originally I tried other chromium based browsers like Brave and Vivaldi, but they never felt right. Something was always missing or didn’t function quite right. However, Microsoft Edge fulfills all my required features.
At launch Edge already includes many of the important features: bookmark syncing, extensions and pinned tabs. While it has its own extensions and plugin store, the official Chrome store is available and works with no issues.
Both the iOS and Android apps can sync bookmarks with the desktop version and more sync options are coming soon. In my own usage I have found Edge performs better than Chrome both on mobile and desktop while delivering the same web experience we have grown to love about Chrome.
There are a few features that I still want to come, extension syncing, but as a daily browser I would definitely recommend it. I’m sure Microsoft will continue to improve and make changes as it grows and matures. You can download the new Microsoft Edge from their site.