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

Do you remember back in the 1990s when you had to dial into a modem to get onto the internet? A page with a little more than a few words and a picture could take several minutes to load.

Today, it's hard to imagine sitting in front of a web page for more than a second or two before we're groaning, "Ugh. Hurry up!" So you want your browser fast and snappy, or at least one that doesn't make you feel like you're waiting.

That's exactly where Microsoft Edge falls short of its competitors. Despite being slimmed down and sleek, Edge is still slow. Unbelievably, it's slower than Internet Explorer, according to PC Magazine, and we confirmed that in our test drive.

It takes Edge an average of 3.24 seconds to open a web page. That's a full second longer than its takes Internet Explorer to open a page! Of course, it's good to keep in mind that Edge has the potential to be much faster than IE could ever be.

Microsoft is working on that with every update, and in some areas, like running Javascript code, it matches or beats the other browsers. For overall page loading, however, Edge is currently slower than Firefox (2.6 seconds) and Chrome (1.80 seconds). And it's much slower than Opera (1.64 seconds).

Of course, speed needs to be balanced with security.

Next page: Edge was built with your safety in mind
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