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Microsoft Edge vs. The Others: Which browser is faster, better and easier to use?

Microsoft Edge vs. The Others: Which browser is faster, better and easier to use?
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Over the past 20 years, Microsoft's Internet Explorer has endured a progression from newcomer to monopoly to bloated security nightmare to steadily improving. Even though it was getting better in the last few years, it had too much negative history and built-in bloat.

That's why for Windows 10, Microsoft decided to replace Internet Explorer with the brand new Microsoft Edge. The idea was that it would be redone from the ground up with solid security and lightning speed. The time has come to ask: Did it work?

Right away we'll tell you that Edge is better to use than Internet Explorer. It's more secure and runs the latest websites better. The interface is more modern, although things like the disappearing address bar do take some getting used to.

However, it isn't going up against Internet Explorer, it's facing off with rival browsers like Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, and the speedy but little-used Opera. These are all solid long-standing options and available for free, so is there any reason to use Edge instead?

We've been giving Edge and its new features a test drive for you. Here are a few things we like about Edge, and few that we don't.

Next page: Does Edge have an edge on features?
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