Get started with Microsoft Chromium Edge – MS will block Edge spam downloads

Get started with Microsoft Chromium Edge – MS will block Edge spam downloads

It is supposed to work better than similar features in Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox.

Edge has previously had a bad reputation, although not as reliable as neither Chrome nor for all of Apple's Webkit-based browser Safari, but still good enough.

Chromium engine

Chromium is the engine behind Google's Chrome browser, the most popular today. Since Chromium is open source, anyone can (well…) build a browser with the same rendering of sites as Google's options. Which is exactly what Microsoft has done with the new Edge, often called Chromium Edge. But they have done so with a twist, namely the focus on personal privacy, something that Google may not have known right away lately.

The best rating you can possibly give a browser is that you don't think about using it, and so it has been with Chromium Edge. It offers a sparing interface where the customizable home screen is the most tangible feature. You can get that Microsoft experience if you want, or you simplify it all the best you can. From great wallpaper and latest news, to just the Microsoft logo and a search box.

A new feature has been discovered in the beta version of Microsoft Edge to block unwanted programs, such as adware, from being downloaded through the browser.

There are similar features to both Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox. Still, Edge’s variant should go a step further – it can also block downloads that contain unwanted code, even if the code is technically not classified as malware.

At the moment, feature is in the beta version of Edge, it is expected to appear in the standard version in the near future. However, the protection does not appear to be activated automatically but needs to be turned on by going into “Privacy / Security” in Edge settings. 

Guide: Get started with Microsoft Chromium Edge

Microsoft is launching a new version of its Microsoft Edge floating browser. Here’s how the new Chromium version works – and get started.

Once upon a time, Microsoft dominated the browser market overall; In 2002, Internet Explorer had a market share of 96 percent.

When Google released the challenger Chrome in 2008, the downhill began – and after a few years, Microsoft realized that the battle was lost. Just before the Windows 10 launch, Internet Explorer was sent to the grave, and instead, a successor named Edge was pre-installed.

But neither Microsoft Edge was a success, and at the time of writing, it has a market share of less than five percent. However, Microsoft now hopes to reverse the cancer trend with the launch of a brand new version of Edge .

The big change we find under the shell in what is called the browser engine. Previously, Microsoft used its own engine, but now it has capitulated and chosen to run Chromium, which is the same engine that Google uses. The idea is that this should make browsing easier – and a big advantage is that you can run Chrome’s giant collection of browser extensions.

As you can read in our test on page 14, the new Edge is quite similar to Chrome, but Microsoft hopes to attract users by focusing more on privacy. For example, if you change to Tracking Protection: Strictly, you reduce the site owners’ ability to monitor you.

In the long term, Edge will also become more clearly connected to other Microsoft services such as the Office suite. For example, a feature called Collections should make it easy to drag text and images from a site to Word and Excel. However, it has not been launched at the time of writing.

How to use Edge

  1. Navigate
  2. Like other browsers, Edge has tabs and navigation arrows – and you type the URL or keyword at the top.
  3. Favorites 
  4. Bookmarks in Edge are called Favorites. The first star adds to the current site and the second manages your Favorites.
  5. Logon
  6. Control the login and synchronization of your account.
  7. Menu
  8. Display the program’s main menu
  9. Windows
  10. Create new tabs and windows. InPrivate means that the information is not saved.
  11. History
  12. View the pages you have visited – and delete the history.
  13. Web App
  14. View the page as an app (without the Edge menus) and place it on the desktop
  15. Extensions
  16. Give Edge more features with extensions from the Microsoft Store – or browse to to download Chrome extensions.
  17. Share
  18. Tell your friends about an interesting site by sharing it.
  19. Read up
  20. Read the current page with a digital voice.
  21. Settings
  22. Open more tools and change the settings in Edge.

Questions and answers about the program

Here’s how to get started with Edge, step-by-step.

1. How to get new Edge…

If your computer has not been automatically updated to Microsoft Edge, go to . At the time of writing, you end up on Microsoft’s US page and click Download here. Accept the terms of use and save the installer on the Desktop.

Not sure which version you have? Check out the icon! Old Edge has a blue e while the icon for the new Edge is a blue-green swirl.

2. … and installs? 

Double-click the installer you downloaded and approve any warnings. When the installation is complete, a Getting Started Guide will start, where you will, among other things, decide whether you want to import favourites (bookmarks) and whether Microsoft should have access to your Web History. Another thing you can choose from in the Getting Started Guide is the appearance of your tabs.

3. Does Edge work for other devices?

Edge is also available for Android, iOS and Mac computers. You can easily install the program by searching for Microsoft Edge in the respective app store.

In the mobile app, navigate by swiping down with your finger on the screen. An address bar will appear at the top, and you can bring up a menu at the bottom. 

4. Do I have to log in?

If you run Edge on multiple devices, you can sync favourites, passwords, and more. You turn this on in the Getting Started Guide, but you can also do it afterwards via the round profile icon in the upper right.

5. How do I reduce monitoring?

To reduce the site owners’ ability to monitor, open the Settings and go to Privacy and Services. Under the heading Tracking protection, you can choose between Basic, Balanced and Strict based on how much information you want to release.

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