Microsoft Edge may be the successor of Internet Explorer, but the latter is still very much alive and kicking – for now.
Internet Explorer 11 is the very last version of the web browser around and at the moment Microsoft says it will be supported for the life of Windows 7, Windows 8.1, and Windows 10. Given that Windows 10 is supported until October 14, 2025, Internet Explorer looks set to stay around for quite a while longer.
That doesn’t mean you shouldn’t move onto Edge now. It has a clean new interface and runs much faster than IE, and boasts improved security features.
1. Edge doesn’t use legacy Internet Explorer technologies
Several engines were used to display web pages on Internet Explorer such as Browser Helper Objects, toolbars, VBscript, VML, ActiveX and Java. However, these are now a quite dated, so Microsoft has worked on newer technologies for Edge to keep your PC safe.
2. You can no longer install toolbars
Toolbars are great for getting a little extra on the internet, such as quick buttons to websites and search engines. But if you download software from untrusted sources they may include malicious toolbars which is essentially malware (for more on Malware click here).
To stop this, Microsoft decided to scrap toolbars altogether on Edge. Instead, there are extensions…
3. Browser extensions are kept to a minimum on Edge
Microsoft only added browser extensions to Edge in its Anniversary Update this summer. The company said it took its time on allowing extensions to ensure they are as safe and reliable as possible.
The number of extensions have been kept to a minimum for this reason.
4. Settings are simplified on Edge
The settings have been completely overhauled on Microsoft Edge and they are a lot simpler to find and understand.
Simply select the three-dotted More menu at the top right, followed by Settings and View advanced settings.
Here you will see everything from disabling pop-ups to saving form entries. Simply move the slider for any that you don’t like to Off.
5. Microsoft Edge accepts Windows Hello
Windows Hello is Microsoft’s new biometric security system, which replaces standard passwords with facial recognition and fingerprint sensors.
Windows Hello is only available in newly built Windows 10 machines such as the Surface Pro 4.
What’s more, Windows Hello supports web browsers and only Microsoft Edge at the moment. It’s very unlikely Microsoft will ever go to the effort of adding it to Internet Explorer 11, so this is a great additional security feature many should jump at.
6. More in-depth clear browsing data options
In Edge you have a wider choice of data available to clear, including media licenses, pop-up exceptions, location permissions, full screen permissions and compatibility permissions.
Don’t forget, you can also access InPrivate web browsing on Microsoft Edge. Find out how by watching the video below: