Microsoft Edge was Released in 2015 and It's Still Not Great. Why?
Microsoft Edge when it first released with Windows 10 was horrendous. It was painfully slow, lacked features even Internet Explorer had (features IE did well, in fact), and was just odd to use. An "A" for effort could certainly be given, but it lacked in every other category. It's been almost three years now, and Edge is almost at a point where it can be considered usable, but we're still not there. Sure, Edge is much faster, and pretty to look at, but here's a list of things Microsoft simply needs to address.
- Dragging links to the address bar, or tab bar
IE, Firefox, Chrome, and every other browser allows you to drag contents from the page, be it text, images, and links to the address bar, or tab bar to open what was dragged. Why does Edge still not do this?
- Quirky, slow environment
Opening too many tabs, or leaving the browser open for too long can make Edge run laggy and weird. Closing tabs takes longer than a few seconds, tabs lock up for over five seconds when loading a page like a YouTube video or a heavy social media site, and dragging tabs out of the tab bar is still a mess.
- "Tabs you've set aside" is an annoying feature
I have used the "set aside tabs" feature once on purpose to see what it was. I have used this feature countless amounts of times by accident trying to engage with a tab. I can't tell you how many times I have set aside all the tabs I had open, all the work I was trying to accomplish, only to have it all get thrown into this window that I do not understand the point of. I like the idea on paper, but let's just throw this with the Favorite button.
- Selecting text
I don't know what it is, but selecting text is always a chore with Edge. I'm used to Firefox, Chrome and even IE allowing me to double-click and drag to select words, but Edge is quirky when you try to do that.
- Right-clicking is also weird
The "ask Cortana" feature would be nice if it also just allowed me to Bing whatever I highlighted. Even when you turn off "ask Cortana," it still throws Bing into a window on the right side, only for me to then have to scroll through that window to allow me to open the results in a full tab. How is this helpful? I can sort of see how it would be nice to use that to define a word, or open an easy search that I could then quickly click on, but give another option to just open a full Bing result.
Edge has potential, but until Microsoft irons out the quirks, it'll still be a browser many use to download another browser.