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APC Australia - - Contents - Shaun Prescott

Why would any­one use Mi­crosoft Edge on their phone? It’s a very good ques­tion. For any­one who’s re­cently set up a Win­dows 10 PC and tried to in­stall Chrome, Mi­crosoft’s mod­ern in­ter­net browser seems a bit for­lorn, a bit des­per­ate to be given a go.

Should we pity-use Mi­crosoft Edge on our smart­phones, then? There are some rea­sons why you might at least try it. If you hap­pen to use Edge on your Win­dows ma­chine, the abil­ity to ac­cess your favourites/ book­marks and brows­ing his­tory on phone is handy — though Chrome does this, too. If you’ve got the Fall Cre­ators Up­date, you can click an icon, con­nect to a de­vice, and have all tabs and con­tent trans­fer over to that PC im­me­di­ately: un­de­ni­ably use­ful, but hardly a game changer. Of course, you can use voice com­mands to search the web, and there’s an Incog­nito Mode equiv­a­lent called InPri­vate. Af­ter about half a day us­ing this app in­ter­mit­tently, we en­coun­tered no prob­lems. To be hon­est, it’s ac­tu­ally de­cent, and feels far less brac­ing a change than Edge does on desk­top. Is it bet­ter than Chrome? Maybe. Is it worth mov­ing from Chrome? No.

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