People love to search Google Chrome for being a bloated browser that eats up computer resources. Well, Microsoft Edge just got worse. It started off with good intentions, but Microsoft can’t help it.
I really wanted to like Microsoft Edge. I switched to using it on my desktop and Android phone – even recommending it to others. However, as time went on, this became more and more difficult to justify. The dream of a Chrome-like browser without all the Google bloat seems dead.
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Microsoft Edge hasn’t started bloated. In fact, that was one of the reasons why I decided to give it a try. I thought it might be a slimmed-down version of Chrome with many of the same features, but just plain less.
For a moment this seemed to be the case, but it wasn’t long before the function creep started happening. “Feature creep” occurs when new features are continuously added to a product, to the detriment of that product. Unfortunately, this is a common thing in modern browsers, applications, and other types of software.
Instagram is one of the most famous examples of function creep. It used to be a very simple photo publishing app. Only photos. Now it’s a bloated mix of old Instagram, Snapchat, TikTok, and Facebook.
The weird thing about the Edge feature creep is that it wasn’t really about stealing features from other browsers. Microsoft adds a lot of simply unnecessary things.
A browser that can give you a loan
2021 was the year Microsoft really started stuffing features into Edge. This continued – albeit a little slower – in 2022. Let’s take a look at some of the most blatant additions.
Edge has the ability to make loans. If you make a purchase between $ 35- $ 1,000, your browser will display a “buy now, pay later” option. Microsoft has partnered with Zip for this feature, and is likely shutting it down.
Do you remember playing games on MSN? Well, you can play these games on Edge. You’ll see a small icon in the toolbar – if you turn it on – that opens a sidebar with games like Solitaire, Bubble, Sudoku, and more. The actual games are played on the website and not in the browser.
Reviews are a great way to get to know a product before buying it. There are a lot of great places to find these reviews, but Microsoft wants you to see them on Edge. When you pay in some online stores, you may see a popup with coupons and reviews. Potentially useful idea, but probably not what you expect from your browser.
One of the newest additions is the visual search feature. Every time you hover your mouse over an image on a site, you’ll see a little icon to perform a visual Bing search. It basically searches the web for similar images. It was annoyingly enabled by default on Edge 95.
While some of the features Microsoft added are more useful than others – such as price tracking – it’s all a bit too much for the browser. None of these features are used for web browsing.
Edge is not that bad
All in all, I should mention that Edge has some good ideas. Overall, it’s a good browser and real competition to Chrome. Still, I still use it on my PC, Android phone, and iPhone – though it might not take long.
Edge is more than just Chrome with Microsoft’s name on it. The company has added more than a few unique features. It can automatically clear history when you close your browser, you can move tabs to the sidebar, there’s a dedicated mode for kids, and more.
What do all these features have in common? They improve web browsing and browser use. Such features are much more welcome than games and coupons. Ultimately, your browser task is to make your internet experience as easy as possible. Every little prompt and popup just gets in the way.
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