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Old 02. Jan 2017, 04:20 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Does anyone who runs Win10 use Edge seriously for browsing, or just think of it as a joke, rubbish, not worth the bother etc?

Over the past few months I've been using it more and more and have grown to like using it. I've tried it, on and off, since I first began to use Win10 at the very beginning, and back then I wasn't overly impressed with it - no extensions, ad blocker and all the rest of it. But after the AU, and subsequent cumulative updates to the OS, support for extensions, Edge has become much better, to the point where I reckon it's a very capable browser. It's quick and light, as it should be seeing as how it's built in to the OS.

I have four extensions installed. uBlock Origin, Translator, Mouse Gestures and WOT for Edge. Since being able to install these extensions Edge has become a much better option for Web browsing. The built in Reader View, the ability to annotate and share pages I'm fiding useful also.

I never use Internet Explorer, and the only other browser I have installed is Opera Stable. I find myself using Opera less often though, and Edge is becoming the browser I use the most, to the extent that I'm thinking of setting as default and be done with it.

Never really seen much mention of it here on the forum so I'm assuming no one bothers with it and just prefer to stay with other browsers of their choice, for their own reasons ie; better browsing experience, quicker, better add-on support, more secure, more private etc?

Not expecting much feedback to this as I really don't think many/any of you guys will use it. Just curious
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Old 03. Jan 2017, 01:18 AM   #2 (permalink)
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I'm still using Cyberfox but the Edge isn't bad, I use it when I need something opened in another browser...
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Old 03. Jan 2017, 01:20 AM   #3 (permalink)
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Thanks Deya.

I used to be a huge Maxthon supporter. I don't remember exactly why, but I gave up on it about a year ago or so. Since then, I've tried numerous browsers (more than a dozen I imagine) and I've stuck with Chrome for the past 9 months or so.

But, because of your post, I'm going to check out Edge and see if I like it. I'll let you know what I think/find.


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You would find this article most interesting as it found Edge tops browser protection tests:

http://www.securityweek.com/microsof...otection-tests

Here's another interesting article about Edge:

https://www.nsslabs.com/web-browser-security/
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Old 03. Jan 2017, 02:11 AM   #4 (permalink)
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how important is "browser protection" to you to care about those tests?

I mean, I run without a/v or anything beyond what windows defender provides. I used to worry about it, try out new software/update weekly a decade ago. Since then, I've decided it is pointless, no one is going to "target" me for a hack. If I get something, it is because I did something dumb, and I can do something dumb with any "protection" I have because I can override it/turn if off

now I pick what I find easiest to use

edit: and where do you find ublock for edge? the app store couldn't find it on my pc
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Old 03. Jan 2017, 10:54 AM   #5 (permalink)
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Thanks for the links kendall.a, I'll have a look through them. Funny you should mention Maxthon because I find Edge to be similar in appearance the Maxthon I used to use.

eyeb; uBlock Origin is in the store but it's still listed as a preview build so doesn't show in the Edge apps section - I think. You can get it from the Store via this link;

https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/stor...n/9nblggh444l4

Clicking that link will open the Store page for uBlock and also the Web page for the app, it will open in a new tab in your browser. You can also download uBlock from GitHub, here;

https://github.com/nikrolls/uBlock-Edge/releases

You can follow the various releases from there. But, because it's a preview, to install the extension you'll have to go to the flags page in Edge;

about:flags

.... and there you can tick the box 'Enable extension developer features' under 'Developer settings' You'll need to re-start Edge for the change to take effect. If you're not sure about this then have a look at the guide, here;

http://www.windowscentral.com/lightw...microsoft-edge

If you want to try the WOT for Edge extension you can download it here;

https://github.com/tim-we/WOT-for-Edge

.... use the same method to install it.

Because they're both previews, they won't load automatically when you open Edge. Instead, a prompt appears at the bottom of the browser when you open it asking if you want to enable the extensions - or you can enable them manually from 'Settings' - 'Extensions' in the drop down settings menu.

One other thing about uBlock. You have to update your third party filters when you first open the browser. It's a bug but takes only a few seconds to do when you start the browser, probably one of the reasons why it's not yet listed in the Store officially. However, I've found uBlock Origin to be much better than the other ad-blockers listed in the Store. It works very well.

I use the same security as you, what the system provides, including the SmartScreen Filter. You can run demo's of the filter to see how it works, here;

http://demo.smartscreen.msft.net/

Just click the various boxes to see the warning screens.
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I use Firefox because I can use the physically same default directory in Linux and Windows, though it is now becoming less easy to do so.
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Have recently gone back to Firefox but still like to test drive others.

If Edge would be popular as it deserves, it would already have by now over 50 extensions and a few "addons" like NetCaptor, Slimbrowser etc. were for IE.

Edge is still like a barebones browser waiting for that special magic to happen.
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Old 03. Jan 2017, 09:23 PM   #8 (permalink)
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@deya, do believe WOT has been removed from Chrome and Firefox repos for privacy leaking issues...
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Old 03. Jan 2017, 11:35 PM   #9 (permalink)
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Yes I know about the WOT privacy issues, danielson. Along with others, I've given my thoughts on that in the thread about WOT selling your browsing history. I'm ok with it for now
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It's been returned. See the separate WOT thread on this forum for more details.
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