Released in 1995 as a web browser developed by Microsoft, Internet Explorer (IE), or Microsoft Internet Explorer (MSIE), as previously known, started as a browser exclusively designed for Microsoft Windows line of operating systems. Through its history, we have seen eleven versions of it, with Internet Explorer 11 being the last to be released.
On the 17th of March 2015, Microsoft announced that Microsoft Edge would be replacing Internet Explorer. Consequently, support for Internet Explorer 10 was terminated in late January 2020. Microsoft Edge was released in 2015. It was first tailored for Windows 10 and Xbox One, and later in 2019 was tweaked to be compatible with Android, iOS, and macOS. As the end of Internet Explorer is seeming with us, so is the potential for growth of Microsoft Edge.
Microsoft Edge vs. Internet Explorer
There have been many versions of both Internet Explorer (IE) and Microsoft Edge. For this particular comparison, we shall deal with the latest versions of each. Currently, Microsoft Edge is still under construction though it is available for use, and as mentioned, we’ll be comparing it with Internet Explorer 11. For starters, it is prudent to note that these two web browsers are from two completely separate times, and thus they cannot be measured with the same yardstick.
IE was the most popular web browser in 2003: statistics show that over 90% of internet users were using it. It monopolized the market for some time until other players like Firefox and Chrome came into play. As time passed, IE’s popularity dwindled, leading to the birth of Microsoft Edge.
How Internet Explorer Earned Its Reputation
Some of the downfalls that led IE to its death were resolved in the major upgrade that we shall see in Edge. IE’s security was not sufficient to protect its consumers’ privacy, thus creating an uproar from them. Furthermore, updates were only available every six months; therefore, users dealt with bugs for quite some time before they could have them resolved.
Microsoft Edge came in with a password-management system that is fully integrated with Windows 10’s passport security system, making it almost impenetrable to hackers. Their move to a standards-based extension system also improved security, limiting the sorts of resources that extensions have access to. With regards to browser updates in Edge, you can expect them every six weeks.
A Modern Browser for Modern Times
With the introduction of a digital assistant, Cortana, a product of Artificial Intelligence (AI), users can multi-task by simply engaging Cortana to carry out some tasks in the background while they work. This feature is also boundless for users with vision-related problems as they merely need to use their voice to engage Cortana.
Due to the time difference in the development of the two web browsers, a digital assistant was unfortunately not realized with IE, even though the web developers are the same. The reading view on Edge is notably less distractive and more attractive when compared to that of IE. The synchronization of critical information on all devices signed in to the same Edge account is also a major advantageous feature.
Improved Optimization and Advanced Features
The amount of RAM required to power IE is strikingly more than that needed to power Microsoft Edge. Having a lighter version of any software has many added benefits to its users, and the same applies to Edge – from being incomparably faster to enabling users to open other software in the background without any performance issues, to the apparent enhancement of battery life in laptops. Small differences that certainly go a long way include support for creating multiple user profiles instead of being stuck with just one as with IE.
On an ideal lateral view, Edge beats IE any day. However, some people remain loyal to Internet Explorer due to the nature of their digital activities and resulting convenience. Nonetheless, with the information provided, you are now in a better position to decide which one is a better fit for you.