The Windows 10 Fall Creators Update is almost upon us, and while it doesn’t look to be quite as extensive an update as some of the major Windows releases, Microsoft does promise many new features and improvements for users. One of these new improvements is a speed boost to Microsoft Edge, the company’s successor to Internet Explorer.
Microsoft Edge is the default browser that ships with Windows 10, and while that has helped some of the early numbers, it has failed to get the following that Internet Explorer once enjoyed. There are many factors for this, including its minimal design and lack of extensions. However, speed has never been a huge issue, but it looks like Edge will be getting even faster once this update drops to the world.
Microsoft announced that Microsoft Edge will come with a new version of Edge HTML, the browsers rendering engine, that will greatly improve rendering performance when browsing the web.
“Starting with EdgeHTML 16, we’ve enabled independent rendering on more sites by adding full support for the elements listed above. These investments greatly improve actual and perceived performance of a huge number of apps and sites, as these elements are very common on the web.”
“By offloading rendering to a separate (parallel) thread, independent rendering can improve page load and dynamic content updates, while more efficiently utilizing multicore CPUs.”
Performance improvements are always welcome. However, many comments in response to this announcement focus more on the browser’s usability and cross platform compatibility. It seems most users were already impressed with the speed, even if they still prefer other browsers such as Google Chrome.
Many users are still hoping Microsoft will add the ability for extensions much like Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox, and others have suggested that Microsoft move Edge into the open source world to allow further improvements and customizations from other developers to flourish for the browser.
These suggestions aren’t surprising. After all, Chrome and Firefox have operated under this model quite successfully for years now, and have managed to surpass IE and Edge as two of the best browsers currently available on the market today.
Of course, there are others that believe that Edge is destined to become the browser of choice in the corporate world, once IE is finally dropped and removed altogether. This will take time, and there is no word on when the official end of Internet Explorer will come. However, it’s been two years now since Windows 10 was released, so one can imagine that IE’s time is growing short. Still, even in the corporate world, cross platform compatibility is a must, as even companies have begun moving into a more mobile workplace environment. How Microsoft will address these shortcomings remains to be seen.
With these latest improvements to Edge, the browser is starting to take shape and is maturing into a fast browser, but it still has a long way to go if Microsoft ever hopes to truly challenge the dominance of Google in the browser market.
What do you think? Do you use Edge as your browser on Windows 10, or do you still use other options that provide better flexibility? Tell us about your browser usage in the comments below.
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