Difference Between Internet Explorer and Microsoft Edge

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User Case

We had a user ask us about what the difference was between Internet Explorer and Microsoft Edge. Thought, we as Computer Technicians, it would be best to put this in an article below 🙂

Remember, these are our views and opinions, based on tests we do in house!

Compatibility

When it comes to compatibility, we notice the biggest difference between Internet Explorer and Microsoft Edge right away. IE relies on mostly ActiveX controls, binary behaviours, and VBScript, making it much less flexible than Edge. Edge is built on the same Chromium engine as Chrome and uses HTML5, CSS, and JavaScript. That’s why Edge is more compatible with modern web standards.

IE can still render most websites, but its age shows. Our tests show that it can take longer to load webpages, and videos and animations may not play correctly. Microsoft Edge, on the other hand, runs faster and more efficiently. It also supports modern web technologies, such as WebGL and WebAssembly, as well as extensions – everything we threw at it!

Microsoft Edge wins this round

Security

We love Microsoft Edge’s built-in security protections, such as SmartScreen Filter, which helps prevent you from visiting malicious websites, and Windows Defender SmartScreen, which helps protect you from downloading malicious files. Additionally, Edge comes with support for the latest web standards, ensuring the latest security features are available.

Internet Explorer, on the other hand, is much less secure. It lacks the same level of security features as Edge, and is more prone to malicious attacks – 80% of our clients who still use Internet Explorer to this date get adwares!

Microsoft Edge wins this round

Performance

Speed is an important factor to consider when comparing browsers

Internet Explorer has been around for some time and while it was once the market leader, its performance has been diminished by the introduction of more modern browsers. As such, loading times are noticeably longer than those of some of its competitors – our tests have shown that it loads pages at least 3 secs later than most browsers!

Microsoft Edge has been optimized for improved loading speeds. It can render pages faster than other browsers, including Internet Explorer, making it a better choice if performance is a priority. Microsoft Edge also has a native rendering engine that helps to improve responsiveness, which further improves its loading times.

Microsoft Edge wins this round

Interface

Internet Explorer’s interface has an old-fashioned design, with its tabs and menus easily accessible at the top of the browser.

Microsoft Edge, on the other hand, has a cleaner, more modern design – it looks amazing, right?! Its tabs and menus are hidden from view until you choose to open them, giving more focus to the web page you’re viewing.

Edge  has a “reading view” that strips away ads and other distractions, making it easier to read articles without getting sidetracked. It also has a “collections” feature that allows you to save and organize webpages, images, and links into collections for later use.

Microsoft Edge wins this round again.

Customization

Let’s talk customization

Yes, I know, I know – Internet Explorer allows you to customize the look of your browser, such as changing the color scheme, background, or font size. You can add new features to the browser by installing add-ons or extensions.

Microsoft Edge, however, doesn’t allow you to customize the look of your browser. Instead, you can customize the preferences of the browser. You can set the default search engine, turn on or off tracking protection, and opt to allow or block sites from storing cookies. You can also install extensions from the Microsoft Store.

Ok, we’ll give Internet Explorer the win in this round

Privacy

Microsoft Edge is designed to offer superior privacy settings compared to Internet Explorer. For instance, We love how edge includes a tracking prevention feature that blocks third-party trackers from collecting your browsing data. It also offers a “InPrivate” browsing mode which allows you to browse the web without leaving any trace of your activity on the device.

Internet Explorer, on the other hand, doesn’t offer the same level of privacy as Edge. While it does have a “InPrivate” mode, it doesn’t have the same level of tracking prevention as Edge. Additionally, Internet Explorer doesn’t support the “Do Not Track” feature which lets you opt-out of being tracked by websites.

For those who value their privacy, Edge is the better choice as it offers more secure and comprehensive privacy settings. It also offers more comprehensive tools for managing and controlling your privacy, such as allowing you to clear your browsing data or setting up a password for your browser.

Microsoft Edge wins this round again.

Extensions

Microsoft Edge has the clear advantage over Internet Explorer. Edge allows you to add a range of extensions from the Microsoft Store, while Internet Explorer does not.

We have tailored Edge to our needs in the office, with the addition of extra features, such as ad blockers and password managers. Also, Edge’s extensions are regularly updated to ensure compatibility with the latest version of the browser.

Internet Explorer, on the other hand, doesn’t have the same level of support for extensions. While there are some add-ons available, they’re few and far between. Additionally, they’re generally not updated to support the latest version of the browser, making them unreliable and potentially unsafe to use – so be careful!

Browsing Data

Microsoft Edge, on the other hand, offers a feature called Tracking Prevention (I love the way that sounds!) which allows you to select the level of tracking prevention you’d like to use. With this feature, you can choose between basic, balanced, and strict settings. The higher the level of tracking prevention you choose, the more data that will be blocked from being stored.

Microsoft Edge wins this round again.

Developer Tools

We as Computer Technicians, use these tools in the field a lot!

These tools include a DOM explorer, a console, a debugger, and a network inspector. With the DOM explorer, you can browse the elements of a page, view their properties, and access the source code. The console provides a JavaScript debugging interface and is capable of displaying various types of messages, such as warnings, errors, and log messages.

The debugger allows you to pause code execution at breakpoints and inspect the values of variables.

Finally, the network inspector gives you the ability to view the HTTP requests that are sent by a webpage.

Microsoft Edge wins this round again.

Password Management

Microsoft Edge provides superior protection compared to Internet Explorer. Edge stores user passwords in its secure vault, which is encrypted and protected with two-factor authentication. Internet Explorer, on the other hand, stores passwords in plain text – not good!

Edge also allows users to sync their passwords across devices, allowing easy access to their accounts on any device. Internet Explorer doesn’t offer this same level of convenience.

When users save passwords in Edge, they’re protected by additional security measures, such as Windows Hello, which requires a face, fingerprint, or PIN to unlock the vault. I

Edge also has an intelligent password generator, which makes it easier to create complex and secure passwords. 

Microsoft Edge wins this round again.

Cortana Integration

Microsoft Edge also has the added advantage of Cortana integration (we love Cortana), allowing users to access search results, reminders, and other features with voice commands.

This makes it easy to access important documents, spreadsheets, or other files with just a few voice commands. Overall, Cortana integration in Microsoft Edge is a great addition to the browser that makes it easier for users to access information quickly and with minimal effort – especially for us!

Microsoft Edge wins this round again.

Ad Blocking

Microsoft Edge offers significantly more control over ad-blocking allowing users to customize how they interact with ads, giving them the power to decide which ones they want to see.

Additionally, users can control which types of ads they want to see, such as those related to their current search terms or those that provide discounts or savings.

Furthermore, users can choose to block ads based on specific categories, such as those related to gambling, alcohol, or drugs.

Microsoft Edge wins this round again. (Sorry, IE)

Web Notes

You can easily take notes on webpages you visit with Microsoft Edge.

When you’re finished, your notes and comments will appear in the sidebar on the right side of the page. You can also save your notes for future reference.

This makes it easy to quickly take notes for research or other activities without having to switch back and forth from a separate program.

Microsoft Edge wins this round again.

Reading View

We love the distraction-free reading experience with Microsoft Edge’s Reading View feature, which pretty much strips away all unnecessary clutter, leaving just the text and images of the article intact. Microsoft Edge’s Reading View can automatically adjust the font size and contrast of the page to make it easier to read. This is especially useful when reading longer articles after work 🙂

Microsoft Edge wins this round again.

Sharing

We find it easier to share webpages between devices and people using Microsoft Edge than with Internet Explorer. With Edge, you can easily share a webpage with your contacts simply by clicking the Share button in the top right-hand corner. This allows you to quickly and easily share to Twitter, Facebook, and other applications. Additionally, you can share the webpages you’re currently viewing with other Windows 10 users.

Edge users can also share their current web page via a QR code, which can easily be scanned by another device.

Internet Explorer, on the other hand, has very limited options for sharing webpages.

You can only share a page via email or via a link. It’s not possible to share to social media, which makes it difficult to share a webpage with a wider audience. 

Microsoft Edge wins this round.

Autofill

Internet Explorer doesn’t offer Autofill, which can be a drawback when it comes to completing forms quickly and accurately. We must manually type in their personal information each time they need to fill out a form, which can be quite tedious. It also adds a bit of risk, as users must trust that the website they’re using is secure before they enter in their sensitive information.

Autofill is an incredibly useful and secure feature, and Microsoft Edge offers it. 

Microsoft Edge wins this round.

 

Author:
I am a computer engineer holding a bachelor's degree in Computer Science, complemented by a Master's in Business Administration from University of Strathclyde, Scotland. I currently work as a Senior IT Consultant in Melbourne, Australia. With over 15 years of...