Microsoft Edge is still a work in progress. You’ll see below that its performance is really great, but that’s not all there is to the browser in 2017. The Edge extensions library is small but growing, its sync functionality is still restricted to favorites and reading list, and it doesn’t get updates nearly fast enough, though that may change now that Microsoft can update Edge separately from Windows.
Despite its shortcomings, Edge has several helpful features that will appeal to some. Edge is deeply integrated with Windows 10’s inking capabilities, as well as with OneNote, making it easy to clip a webpage, annotate it, and save it to a notebook. Cortana is also a big part of Edge. You can use Microsoft’s digital assistant to quickly search for information, compare prices, or get a quick calculation.
Like Chrome, Edge has a casting feature. There’s also a nifty set-aside tabs feature to stash a collection of websites, the ability to read ebooks (great for tablets), and an MSN.com-ish new-tab page.
In the Fall Creators Update, Edge got a bunch of new features including the ability to annotate PDFs and ebooks, easily pin websites to the taskbar, edit URLs in your favorites, browse in full screen, see and manage website permissions, as well as a “read aloud” accessibility feature for web content.
Perhaps the best feature, however, is the “Continue on PC” option that lets you push webpages to your PC from your phone with the appropriate apps installed—check out our look at the top features of the Fall Creators Update for more details.
Read on for our benchmark results and our pick for best browser.