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Chromium powered Microsoft Edge

Discussion in 'General Software and Applications' started by Carfax, Mar 30, 2019.

  1. Carfax

    Carfax Ancient Guru

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    Has anyone tried it yet? I'm using it right now, and so far, I really like it. It's like a combination of the best of Google Chrome and the old Microsoft Edge. For instance, Chrome's scrolling speed and smoothness has always been a sore point for me, and that's one of the reasons why I used Microsoft Edge in the past because of how smooth and fluid it was.

    However, it appears that Microsoft has fully transferred that capability over to the new Microsft Edge, because the scroll speed on this new browser is incredibly smooth and fluid. As for rendering speed, it seems to be equivalent to the latest version of Chrome (if not a bit quicker), and that's saying a lot. Also, it should automatically import your favorites, passwords and bookmarks from Chrome, and log into your Microsoft account if you have one.

    I was really a bit hesitant about Microsoft abandoning EdgeHTML in favor of Chromium, but now after actually using the new browser, I think they made the right decision.

    If anyone wants to try the new browser, you can download version 75.0.111.0 from Softpedia HERE.
     
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  2. Astyanax

    Astyanax Maha Guru

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    Benched it with basemark, it came out faster than Chrome / Firefox.
     
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  3. Carfax

    Carfax Ancient Guru

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    Yeah it wouldn't surprise me. It is awfully snappy! I can't wait to see the final product. It really needs a dark mode, and the cache cleaning doesn't work. Other than that, it's very fast and very stable.
     
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    Anarion Ancient Guru

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    MS chaps are also working to improve Chromium scrolling performance which is a nice thing to see. It could very well end up being better than Chrome.
     

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    TheDeeGee Ancient Guru

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    Do extensions still require GFWL 2.0?

    If so i stick with Chrome.
     
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    cryohellinc Ancient Guru

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    No.
     
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    dsbig Ancient Guru

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    I been using this 24/7 now. my chrome browser decided to hang on downloads. so been using this instead of fixing chrome...
     
  8. emperorsfist

    emperorsfist Master Guru

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    I've tried the dev version and I must say that I'm pleased with how snappy it is. I would like to get rid of the newsfeed, or get a custom screen like Speed Dial for Chrom/Firefox, though. Time will tell, if this manages to improve more (and get more extensions).
     
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  9. Carfax

    Carfax Ancient Guru

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    I'm using the Canary build and it's lightning fast; faster than Chrome! Combines the best of both Chrome and the old Edge browser.

    Microsoft is really onto something here, I highly recommend trying it out.
     
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    cryohellinc Ancient Guru

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    Just install a blank new tab extension.

    Also to enable Dark Theme, a quote from another thread:
     
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  11. emperorsfist

    emperorsfist Master Guru

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    Thanks, I've done some digging yesterday after work, and I was pleased to see that I can use some extensions from Chrome on Edge as well (in my case it's Speed Dial, Iridium for Youtube, Ghostery and Tampermonkey). AdBlock was already available for Edge, so it doesn't count. I'll continue using it for now, and see how it does in the future.
     
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  12. cryohellinc

    cryohellinc Ancient Guru

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    Additional flags I would recommend enabling:
    Smooth Scrolling
    Enable lazy image loading
    Enable lazy frame loading

    That was the main selling point for me, however, I was sincerely pleasantly surprised by how much faster it is in comparison to Chrome. Besides, it consumes less RAM and overall has better memory management. I'm working with a lot of web development tools, and I see significant improvement across the board. Fewer crashes / less hangs in comparison to Chrome.
     
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  13. emperorsfist

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    Will do! I did try smooth scrolling, but felt that the difference was only slight. I haven't tried the other two, though.

    I like the lower RAM consumption as well, Chrome did become more and more of a hog as time went on. The speed and responsiveness is really nice for a beta as well. With imported settings for Speed Dial, I have started off where I've left, and all it took me was under 15 minutes! It's nice to see M$ being onto something good for once.
     
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  14. cryohellinc

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    Indeed, I do hope they keep performance and optimization as their priorities. Additionally, if they provide a high degree of customization any potential feature creep won't impact the end user in case you don't need some of them.
     
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    Yeah, agree. Here's to a potential good&reliable product form Microsoft.
     
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    it is pretty fast (than FF and Chrome) and consumes less CPU. good move, M$
     
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