Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Microsoft Edge

Microsoft Edge is a relatively recent arrival in Windows 10 and is still evolving rapidly. In its current incarnation, you can see the deliberately minimalist design.

In its default layout, Microsoft Edge is lean indeed. There’s no title bar, and only three buttons and an ellipsis that leads to a menu of options and settings. On the new tab page. The address bar isn’t even visible until you load a page from the search box or click in the space where the address bar would be.

That simplicity of design means there are far fewer settings to tinker with than in Internet Explorer, and some features you might have become accustomed to are missing in action.

The most obvious missing feature in Microsoft Edge 25 is support for any kind of browsing extension. Internet Explorer 11 supports Browser Helper Objects and toolbars, along with a handful of other proprietary extensions. For security reasons, those types of add-ons aren’t permitted in Microsoft Edge.

As of Windows 10 version 1511, the only available add-on for Microsoft Edge is Adobe Flash Player, which is built into the browser (and automatically updated) in the same way that it’s included with Internet Explorer 11. (Flash capabilities can be disabled in Settings, but the add-on itself cannot be removed.) Microsoft Edge also includes PDF reading capabilities you can use to open PDF documents from websites, email attachments, and local file storage without requiring third-party software.

Microsoft announced plans to allow third-party developers to write add-ons for Microsoft Edge using HTML and JavaScript, a strategy that is consistent with the approach used by competing browsers. This capability should arrive first in preview releases and will probably arrive in the Current Branch in mid-2016 for consumers and small businesses that accept the default update schedule.

Microsoft Edge includes a handful of signature features that have been part of the product since preview releases. One is Reading View, an option that should be familiar to anyone who has used the modern version of Internet Explorer in Windows 8 or Windows 8.1. Clicking the Reading View button in the address bar strips away ads and extraneous elements and reformats the text and graphics of an article to make it easier to read. This view is especially useful on smaller screens, such as tablets running Windows 10, but it’s also useful to avoid eye strain when viewing cluttered pages with dense, tiny type.

Another signature aspect of Microsoft Edge is its Web Note feature, which you use to annotate a webpage and then save your notes for later reference or to share with a friend or colleague.

The note-taking tools are on a toolbar that’s hidden until you activate it by clicking or tapping the Make A Web Note button on the Microsoft Edge toolbar.

As with most modern browsers, with Microsoft Edge you can save the current page as a Favorite, view your browsing history, and see a list of current and past downloads. One addition to this standard selection is a feature called Reading List. Clicking the star at the end of the address bar displays a dialog box in which you can choose whether to save the current page as a Favorite or add it to the Reading List.

By design, items on the Reading List are intended to be temporary, for pages you don’t have time to read now and want to save for later. That’s in contrast to Favorites, which are (at least in theory) intended for sites you visit regularly.

Microsoft Edge includes direct hooks to Cortana. When you browse to a page that Cortana recognizes, you’re given the option to obtain additional information. Visit the home page for a popular restaurant, for example, and Cortana will offer hours, directions, reviews, and other information. If you choose to view the extra information, it appears in a pane at the right side
of the page.

Cortana is also available if you select a word or phrase on a webpage and then right-click and choose Ask Cortana, or if you begin to navigate to a webpage for an interest you chose to track. For example, if you choose to track a flight tomorrow and begin to type in the address of your airline, Cortana immediately tells you if your flight is on time—without you having to visit the website, navigate to the flight status page, and enter the flight information manually.

Unlike Internet Explorer, Microsoft Edge will receive smaller, iterative updates on a regular basis—similar to other browsers, and in keeping with the promise of Windows as a service—so it’s likely to become more feature-rich over time. The November 2015 update to Windows 10, for example, includes the ability to cast media to a compatible device such as an Xbox One, the much-requested ability to sync Favorites, and a tab preview option,

Source of Information : Microsoft Introducing Windows 10 For IT Professionals

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