Forget everything you knew about the old Microsoft browser. Internet Explorer has received a complete overhaul and is now known by a new name – Microsoft Edge. Using the Chromium source code, Edge is a fast, flexible, and secure browser with some great features that rival Chrome and Firefox.
How to Install or Upgrade to Microsoft Edge
- Whether you’re using a Windows computer that already has Internet Explorer and you want to upgrade, or using a different operating system, you can click on the Download button on the sidebar. A new tab will open to the Microsoft Edge download page.
- When you’re on the Microsoft page, scroll down the page, and you’ll see download links for all the compatible operating systems.
- Click on the Download link for your operating system and follow the on-screen instruction.
- Once the installation is complete, you’ll have the option to set Edge as your default browser. You can also import your bookmarks, passwords, and other data, making it a seamless transition.
How to Uninstall Microsoft Edge
If you’re not happy with the Edge features, check out some alternatives that are free, fast, and open-source. You can uninstall Edge from your computer in a few easy steps.
- Type Add or Remove Program in the Windows search bar.
- Scroll through the list of installed programs and apps until you see Microsoft Edge and click Uninstall.
- A pop-up window will ask you to confirm that you want to delete Edge and give you the option of saving your settings and browsing history. If you plan on reinstalling Edge, you should save your settings.
While Windows will remove Edge, it will replace it with the original Internet Explorer browser, which can’t be removed.
Microsoft Edge Overview
Microsoft Edge is a significant upgrade from the old Internet Explorer browser. If you’re looking for a browser that is compatible with Google Chrome apps but not connected with the Google servers, this is the browser for you. With a modern layout, tabbed browsing, strong security tools, and syncs across multiple devices, Edge has enjoyed a quick boost in popularity and is ready to challenge Chrome and Firefox for the title of Best Browser.
Great Browsing Experience
If you’ve been using Chrome, Firefox, or even Opera, making the switch to Edge will be easy. The layout is very similar, and since it’s built with the Chromium open-source code, it works with most Google Chrome apps. Auto-importing your bookmarks, passwords, and favorites from other browsers ensure that you won’t have to waste time setting up your browser. The one downside is that while it’s compatible with Google apps, it won’t add them automatically during the setup. You will still have to go and manually install them from the Google Store.
Depending on your view of Google vs. Bing, this next part is either a huge advantage or disadvantage. You can type anything in the address bar, and it will automatically show Bing search results. There is no easy way to change the default search engine, so if you prefer Google search results, you’ll have to open the Google search engine and then input your query.
Strong Privacy Tools Prevent Tracking
With a focus on protecting user privacy, Edge has implemented several tools to keep user data private.
It comes with a tracking prevention feature that has three sensitivity levels.
- Basic: Allows most websites to track your online activities and leave cookies.
- Balanced: Blocks all harmful trackers and cookies from websites that you haven’t visited. This is the default setting.
- Strict: Blocks most cookies and tracking codes unless you grant specific permission.
Two other helpful privacy tools are the Microsoft Defender SmartScreen tool that will prevent you from accidentally going to malicious websites. It scans each website against a growing list of websites with phishing, malware, or fraud reported.
You can also turn on a feature that will block potentially unwanted applications (PUA) from downloading to your computer.
Loaded with Features
In addition to the strong security features, Edge has some great features that you should know about.
- Family Safety: This parental control feature allows parents to set web filters, screen time limits, and get activity reports, making it easy to monitor your kids online. All the data is logged on a dashboard that can be accessed from anywhere.
- Create multiple profiles: If you’re sharing your computer with your spouse, roommate, kids or want to keep your personal and work account separate, having the option for separate profiles is a real game-changer. Each profile has separate passwords, payment information, addresses, browsing history, and more. There are two options for a profile. It can be local, and all the data is limited to that specific device. The other option is to sync the profile to the Microsoft cloud so it can be accessed from any device.
- Avoid Distractions with Immersive Reader: As websites get more and more cluttered with ads, videos, and other multimedia elements, it’s getting harder to read an article without getting distracted. When you turn on Immersive Reading, it will remove all the distractions and have some tools that can help you understand the content. This includes dividing words by syllables, highlights nouns, verbs, adjectives, and adverbs with different colors. There is also a Read Aloud option that will activate an automatic reading of the content.
- PDF Reader: While there are some free PDF readers, you can also use Edge to open PDF files. What separates the Edge PDF reader from other browsers is you can draw on the PDFs, which is great for signing documents or adding in notations.
- Add information to your Collections: The Collections tab is located on the right side of the browser. It makes it easy to collect, collate, and organize websites, videos, text, or anything else you find online. Once something is in your collection, you can add it to other Microsoft tools, such as Word, OneNote, and Pinterest.
- Sync across multiple platforms: Microsoft Edge is available for Windows, macOS, Android, and iOS. You can log in to any device and retrieve all your passwords, favorites, collections, payment information, and more, regardless of which device you’re using. If you assign your profile to sync with the cloud, you’ll be able to access that as well.
Free Alternatives to Microsoft Edge
- Chrome: The most popular browser in the world, Google Chrome is a lightweight program that can sync across all major devices. It’s compatible with hundreds of applications that can be downloaded through the Google Store. It has a long list of features, including security and privacy, a password manager, and easy-pay options.
- Firefox: Mozilla Firefox is a free, open-source browser that doesn’t use Chromium source code. It places a premium on security tools and has several tools that make it easy to send large files and save articles for later.
- Opera: The biggest advantage of Opera is the built-in VPN. It anonymizes your online activities and protects your data from hackers. Some of the other features are visual tabs, the ability to share tabs and saved multimedia to your phone, and a huge list of extensions that can increase your productivity.
Is Microsoft Edge Safe?
As long as you follow the steps above and download an official version of Microsoft Edge, you won’t have any trouble with viruses or malware. I tested the software in VirusTotal, which runs 70 different antivirus programs, and it had zero flags.
Is Microsoft Edge secure?
There are several security tools that Microsoft Edge uses to ensure its users’ protection and security. The SmartScreen tool from Windows Defender actively inspects websites from reports of fraud, phishing, and malware. It also has the best anti-tracking technology, with multiple sensitivity levels, allows you to control what websites track you, and limit personalized ads based on the websites you visit.
Is there an Incognito Mode in Microsoft Edge?
Yes, it’s called InPrivate, and it blocks cookies and doesn’t store the browsing history. However, it won’t protect you from becoming infected by a virus or malware when visiting a website or downloading software. For that, you’ll need to download a reliable antivirus program that can consistently detect malicious files.
Does Edge have a built-in VPN?
Can you uninstall Microsoft Edge?
Yes and no. If you’re not happy with Microsoft Edge, you can uninstall it. However, it will automatically be replaced by the old Internet Explorer, which can’t be uninstalled.Visit Microsoft Edge Website