Microsoft finally launched Microsoft Edge and it has been a long time since Windows 10 users are using this web browser. Although many people have set Edge as the primary web browser, a vast majority of people are still using Google Chrome or Firefox. The question is: Microsoft Edge vs Google Chrome for Windows 10 – which is better and why? Obviously, Windows users use different web browsers, but Google Chrome is probably the most trustworthy and fastest web browser among all. Mozilla Firefox is pretty good in terms of readability, performance etc. But, it consumes more bandwidth than other similar web browsers.
If you think that Google Chrome can beat Microsoft Edge easily, you are not 100% correct since Microsoft Edge comes with several awesome features those may beat Google Chrome within moments. This is where this complete comparison table comes in. This article will help you to know about all the features of Microsoft Edge so that you can compare it with Google Chrome.
Microsoft Edge vs. Google Chrome for Windows 10
This is never a good time to compare two browsers since both of them have been getting updates over the past couple of years. In terms of significant updates, Microsoft Edge has got more updates than Google Chrome in recent times.
General Comparison Between Microsoft Edge and Google Chrome
Google Chrome is an established web browser and millions of people have been using this web browser since a long time now. In a simple line, Google Chrome has more features than Microsoft Edge. But, it’s not about quantity. It’s all about quality or usefulness.
Even though, this new web browser has fewer features than Chrome, yet, those options are enough for a regular Windows user. Whatever a normal user uses to browse the web, is available in Microsoft Edge. That does not mean, Chrome has loads of useless features. In fact, Google Chrome has more useful features than Project Spartan.
Features of Microsoft Edge
Over the past few months, Microsoft Edge has received plenty of updates. The most recent update came with Creators Update. Although Microsoft Edge didn’t get a huge list of updates but still it received few internal improvements. The following list will let you know the features of this new web browser.
- Show/hide favorite bar
- start page settings
- privacy settings
- better readability option
On the other hand, Google Chrome has more other useful features such as OK Google support, multi-platform synchronization over email, guest browsing, enhanced privacy settings, password & form management, proxy settings, HTTPS certificate management and more others.
Not all these useful features for a regular person are available in Microsoft Edge. This is where Google Chrome gets a plus point.
Default Search Engine Settings
This is another reason, why Microsoft Edge will be lagging behind other browsers for Windows 10. However, the scenario can be changed within seconds since Microsoft has included an option to change the default search engine in Microsoft Edge. You can set Google as default search engine in Edge browser.
At the same time, you can use any search engine in Google Chrome. In fact, this is also possible to use any custom search engine that generally comes with browser toolbars. Talking about the usability, this is easier to change the default search engine in Google Chrome than Microsoft Edge.
Although there was no extension for Microsoft Edge in the initial days, now you can install an extension in Microsoft Edge within moments. On the other hand, Google Chrome comes with hundreds of free extension in the Chrome Web Store and this is where Microsoft Edge is lagging behind. As Microsoft doesn’t allow all the third-party developers to develop an extension for Microsoft Edge, the list of available extension is quite low as compared to the Google Chrome. This is the only drawback of Microsoft Edge, in terms of extensions.
Where does Microsoft Edge excel?
If a browser has loads of features and older than another one, it doesn’t mean that the same browser can win the race easily. Microsoft Edge comes with awesome and very useful features those are not available in Google Chrome. First feature is you can make web notes. For example, you are reading an article, and meantime, you want to create a note. You can do so without using any third-party extension of the app or leaving Edge browser. Second, you can share any web page on various social media profiles without any third-party extension. Microsoft has already included an option to share any web page without nay problem. Third, you can use Tab Aside feature that helps users to manage multiple tabs.
Chrome users can obtain these aforementioned features. However, they need to install extensions. Nevertheless, Microsoft Edge does not need any third party tool to get them all. This is where Project Spartan excels.
Another useful feature is Read View. If you have ever used latest Apple Safari, you might have got the Read View or Couch Mode in the browser that ditches all advertisements and additional elements from any webpage, you can relate that with this feature. This “Read View” button will help you to eliminate all third party advertisements along with sidebar, footer etc. to provide a better environment for reading long article. This option is not available in Google Chrome. Obviously, you can get it. But, again an extension is needed to get so.
Browsing Speed on Same Internet Connection
Browsing speed matters a lot for everyone. Firefox was not as good as it is today and the reason behind the failure of being the number 1 browser was browsing speed. However, Firefox is now much faster. But, at the same time, Spartan is also not bad in terms of speed. Obviously, it does not open webpages as fast as Google Chrome. But, the speed is near to Chrome.
Bandwidth Consumption of Microsoft Edge and Google Chrome
This is another reason, why Firefox is still lagging behind other browsers and this is why Chrome is the best browser. Google Chrome consumes less memory than any other browser except Opera Mini.
However, both web browsers i.e. Microsoft Edge and Google Chrome consume almost same bandwidth. I have personally checked same webpages using both browsers. They took near to same bandwidth to surf same webpages.
But, I got a strange bandwidth issue on Microsoft Edge browser while watching YouTube and Vimeo video. Although, they took almost same bandwidth to open same webpages but Spartan significantly took more bandwidth to play three videos than Chrome.
P.S.: NetBalancer and one more app on Windows 10 have checked Bandwidth consumption.
If number of features is the only thing you consider to choose any web browser, Google Chrome will be the winner indeed. At the same time, if you want plugin availability, you won’t get a huge list in Microsoft Edge, as of now. This is where Chrome stands out.
However, if you want to try a new web browser, Microsoft Edge would be the one that has speed, less complexity, better reading environment etc.