One of my biggest safe addictions is my constant comparing of different web browsers. This post is being written on a basic iMac with 8GB of RAM and a 1TB SSD drive. Yes, I am using t, e latest version of Mojave and it is excellent. Since I started on the Mac, I have always been a power user. There will come a time sooner rather than later where I’ll get a top end Mac with 128GB of RAM on it one of these days! Okay, enough rambling for one paragraph, let’s get on to my thoughts on Microsoft Edge.
This post is being written directly on Microsoft Edge using WordPress off their website along with the Grammarly Extension as I use their “pro version” to keep my writing crisp.
On Monday, Microsoft announced that it officially released a test version of Microsoft Edge for the Mac. It’s a remarkably, surprisingly solid app even in this pre-launch edition. Even that we already know that its missing a couple of key features, still you can get a feel for whether Microsoft Edge is worth replacing Safari as your main browser.
A key reason that this early version is so robust, though, is the same reason that Microsoft has made this move at all. The company didn’t set out to make a Mac browser, it set out to convert its existing PC Edge into using Google’s Chromium system. That gets it a solid base that happens to also give it a Mac version.
And it’s what makes the Mac version of Microsoft Edge look very like the Mac version of Chrome. If you were thinking of moving from Safari and didn’t want to risk a pre-beta developer version of Microsoft Edge, you could download Chrome and you would get pretty much the same feel.
Safari is also less CPU intensive than either the currently-shipping Chrome or this developer Edge.
We all tend to describe our preferred browser, whichever one it is, as feeling light and responsive and fast compared to the others. The key word there, though, is feeling. If you were checking out Activity Monitor while running these browsers or if you are on a MacBook with little space, you’d unquestionably say that Safari was the lightest.
Compared to Safari, Microsoft Edge is substantially faster, so it is evident that the writer above may only have access to top end Mac “pro” laptops or desktops unlike us regular folk. This Beta Browser is stable and has not crashed once since I installed it. Let me know what your favorite browser or browsers are. Only YOU will know which browser works best for you.