Microsoft Edge, the tech behemoth, has always been known for making waves in the world of software. With Windows 10, they sought to recapture their position atop the browser world. The initiative birthed Spartan, later rebranded as Edge. Initially running on its proprietary engine, EdgeHTML, Edge presented a fresh and speedy approach to web browsing.
- Speed: Pages loaded rapidly, and the browser itself fired up almost instantaneously.
- Extensions: Over time, Microsoft Edge introduced support for extensions, elevating its status to a fully functional browser.
- Integration: The original version was deeply integrated with the Windows operating system.
Despite these promising beginnings, the trajectory of Edge was not linear. Microsoft’s strategic decisions have seen the browser undergo significant shifts. The most substantial of these was the move to the Chromium engine.
For the Chromium-based Edge:
- Operating System: Windows 7 and above.
- RAM: Minimum 2GB for 64-bit and 1GB for 32-bit.
- Hard Disk: At least 16GB of free space for 64-bit or 1GB for 32-bit.
- Processor: 1GHz or faster.
With the new Chromium engine, Edge offers profile support, allowing seamless synchronization of bookmarks, addresses, and other browser data. However, its current version lacks extension support, although this might change in the future. Many believe the move to Chromium detracts from Edge’s originality. Where the browser once stood apart, it’s now perceived by some as another “Chromium clone.”
The crux of the matter is that while the tech landscape is crowded with numerous Chromium-based browsers, what users yearn for is innovation and uniqueness. Microsoft’s decision to abandon its engine in favor of Chromium might have strategic reasons, but it also poses a question: is this a step forward or merely blending into the crowd?