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Microsoft Edge: is MS really creating the browser of the future?

Has Microsoft finally decided to ditch Internet Explorer? They may be headed in that direction as their new browser goes above and beyond IE.

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Adios, Internet Explorer…

If you’ve been following Microsoft’s develop of Windows 10, you’ve more than likely heard about Project Spartan. We’ve discussed it several times and now it seems to be even better. Project Spartan was thought to be the beginning of the end for Internet Explorer and now, it looks like this could be true.

IE has long been an integral part of the Microsoft OS, but it looks as those times are changing. Microsoft Edge has been a possibility ever since Project Spartan was announced. Edge is a freshly designed browser, aimed at revamping the Microsoft image, and showing what a browser can do. Basically, Edge wants to make you forget all about it’s cousin: IE.

A post on Microsoft’s JobsBlog, states Edge will “blur the edges” between consumption and creation. Edge has enabled Microsoft developers to create a fresh vision of what the Web will be like.

Stepping up Microsoft’s browser game

Clarice Chan, Edge program manager, says the new features like Cortana (Microsoft’s answer to Siri) and OneNote integration will step up Microsoft’s browser game, but they also want Edge to be familiar to those who already use IE daily. outlines that working on a project such as Microsoft Edge has given her and her team an opportunity to “sculpt and imagine what we think the future of the Web will be like.”

Chan describes how developing Microsoft Edge is not only a big part of Windows 10, but also, for the Edge team. Chan states a big part of the innovation of Edge, comes through “Ask Cortana.” Cortana has contextual awareness, so, if Cortana about Jaguar it will know whether you mean a luxury vehicle, or a feline.

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Here are some of the new innovations:

Here are just a few of the new innovations:

  • Faster searches: just enter your search in the address bar and you’ll immediately see suggestions
  • Hub: Hub is the place where Edge keeps the things you collect on the web (favorites, reading list, browsing history, and downloads)
  • Web Notes: Edge is the only browser that lets you take notes, doodle, and highlight directly on webpages; reading list: gives you a place to save articles and content you want to read later. Pretty big step up from IE, that’s for sure.

Software engineer Anthony Henderson, states they are creating features that “people actually want.” Microsoft has schedule the debut for Windows 10 on July 29th, and along with it will come the debut of Edge. I have to admit, I’m a little excited to see what they’ve done; how about you?


Jennifer Walpole is a Senior Staff Writer at The American Genius and holds a Master's degree in English from the University of Oklahoma. She is a science fiction fanatic and enjoys writing way more than she should. She dreams of being a screenwriter and seeing her work on the big screen in Hollywood one day.

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  1. Andre

    June 23, 2015 at 9:22 pm

    I am excited!

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