Experience Microsoft Edge with Chromium: The perfect replacement for Google Chrome?

Tram Ho

Is the Edge Chromium version good enough to remove users’ bad stereotypes about web browsers developed by Microsoft?

According to Statcounter’s report, in January 2020, 64.1% of web users use Google’s Chrome browser, outstripping second-place browser Safari with only 17.21%, other browsers have a ‘market share’. pee ‘is only 1 digit. Not to say, everyone understands the popularity of Google Chrome, with 3 huge advantages that is the ability to synchronize with multiple devices quickly (computers, tablets, smartphones), software support systems. (extentions) are very good and simply the performance is hard to complain about.

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Microsoft must also recognize that Chrome is good, so after a period of testing with the Edge web browser ‘growers’, finally must use the Chromium kernel (Google’s open source kernel to create Chrome) to release the session. New version of Edge. The new Microsoft Edge, which has been through beta testing for a long time, has been released in mid-January.

What is this browser like? Is it worth the switch for Chrome users to use?

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Readers can manually install the new Microsoft Edge at the link , the installer weighs only 1.8MB. During the first installation, we will be given a choice of the boot screen, including Focused (there is a search bar and a few frequently visited websites), Inspirational (add an image that is constantly updated by the company), Informational (add information from newspaper pages).

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I use the Inspirational interface as shown above. Every day opening a new Tab has a new image to make browsing experience less boring!

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In this mode, pull down we also see the news. This news site is very comprehensive, coming from many mainstream sources, including weather, stocks and sports.

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A very important step for those who are using other browsers is to transfer data from old software. After doing this step, we will be full of bookmarks and history. Most sites will also automatically log in, but in my case the Bit.ly page (link shortening page) is not automatic so it should be revisited, not too big a problem.

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Unlike Google Chrome, by default, Microsoft Edge will log into your Microsoft account, for me, this account is also associated with Gmail so it is no different, but it is worth saying.

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In the settings, we see a nice feature that is 3 options to protect users, with Basic level is less protection, Balanced is balanced (selected by default) and Strict is to ban websites. track users, so ads will be less personalized.

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Microsoft chose Bing as the default search engine for Edge because this is a product of it, but we can also switch back to Google, or switch to DuckDuckGo to increase security, have more ‘balanced’ results. mentioned in Brave browser reviews .

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By default, Microsoft Edge will only be able to install extentions from the Microsoft store, but by pressing a button, you can install the features from the Google store.

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I also tried to enter the Microsoft store, as expected, the number of features here is quite small. The most user-friendly feature is Adblock, but like Authenticator – the software I use to save 2-layer passwords, or Google Remote Desktop to control the remote computer from the browser, it is not available.

The company has said that in the future there will be more software posted here, but it is more simple that users use the Google store for fast! All extentions work perfectly, but what can’t be installed is the themes, probably because the two browsers’ external interfaces aren’t exactly the same.

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Google Chrome (left) and Microsoft Edge (right)

Not exactly the same but also very familiar! Using the new Edge is like using Chrome with a theme kit developed by Microsoft. The biggest difference I can see is that the elements in the navigation bar of Edge are made larger, easier to read and also a little easier to click.

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Chrome’s experimental Flags can also be used with Edge, and the first thing that I tweak is Smooth Scrolling – which makes each dragging process very annoying.

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HTML5 Test

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BaseMark 3.0

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The performance of these 2 web browsers is also completely equivalent. From benchmark tests (results above, with Chrome on the left and Edge on the right) to regular use, there’s no difference, anyone familiar with Google Chrome will have a familiar experience.

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So where are the bigger differences? First, Edge is equipped with a reading mode, which will appear when it detects that users enter multi-word newspapers. In this mode, Edge trims redundant elements, displaying only text and images in a very straightforward form so that the user is easier to read. This is a feature that has been included in many PDF readers that many people like.

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In this mode, you can also have your browser read words into words through Bing’s voice system. This feature works perfectly, being able to read images (for example, if you press the Facebook button, the browser will read the ‘Facebook Button’) and the text is more natural, helping people with visual impairments. or visually impaired people who are lazy to read!

Try the Read Edge feature of Microsoft Edge

Unfortunately, the literacy feature does not work with Vietnamese, only English, Chinese, Japanese and Korean, and some European languages. Whether the company has more Vietnamese in the future or not is still open.

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What annoys me with Google Chrome is that it dropped the ability to mute the Mute tab quickly, users had to left-click and then choose Mute Site to do this; while Edge still holds the ability to press 1 time, much faster.

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Differences in RAM usage of Chrome and Edge (3 news sites, 1 Google Translate page and 2 Youtube pages)

Referring to Google Chrome, users are mentioning the problem of consuming more RAM than other browsers. When I tested it with similar tabs, Edge used about 10 to 14% less than Chrome, in the above specific case of 1,239MB compared to 1,390MB.

Whether this difference is large or not depends on the usage of each person. My computer has a lot of RAM, but I often clean up unused tabs so I never experience the shortage. But certainly there are those who have less RAM but have the habit of opening dozens of websites at a time, then over time this difference will be greater.

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Google Chrome (right) and Microsoft Edge (left)

In contrast, what are the weak points of Edge compared to Chrome? First of all, Edge doesn’t have a dinosaur jumping game similar to Chrome, so when it loses a user will look at a static page, quite boring!

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When you attach Chrome to the Windows toolbar and open it, it won’t create a new icon, while Edge will do the opposite. I usually put the web browser in the corner of the machine to quickly open and close, with Edge doing so will open a new window. You can see that these complaints are very small, showing that the official version of Edge is quite well done.

So worth switching to or not?

Unlike the Brave browser I tested about a year ago, Microsoft Edge does not bring powerful features to professionals, but it stops at the mass features. In other words, Edge is like a lightweight version of Chrome, which doesn’t have a lot of convincing points for users to switch to like Brave.

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Saying that does not mean the user has no reason to convert. Edge still has some advantages in terms of interface, RAM savings, text reading and is a Microsoft software so (hopefully) in the future can be integrated more deeply into the Windows operating system as well. developed by this company. The last choice is still you!

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