Microsoft Edge is now more bloated than Google Chrome

Microsoft Edge is now more bloated than Google Chrome

Blown Edge logo.

People love to mess with Google Chrome because it’s a bloated browser that eats up your computer’s resources. Well, Microsoft Edge just got worse. It started with good intentions, but Microsoft can’t help it.

I really wanted to like Microsoft Edge. I switched to using it on my desktop PC and my Android phone, even recommending it to others. However, as time went on, that became more difficult to justify. The dream of a Chrome-esque browser without all the Google bloat seems dead.

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Function Flu

Microsoft Edge did not start bloated. In fact, that was one of the reasons I decided to give it a try. I thought it could be a slimmed down version of Chrome with many of the same features, but just fewer.

For a while it looked like that was the case, but it didn’t take long for the feature creep to kick in. “Feature creep” is when new features are continuously added to a product at the expense of that product. It is unfortunately common in modern browsers, apps and other types of software.

Instagram is one of the best-known examples of feature creep. It used to be a very simple app that was all about posting photos. Only pictures. Now it’s a bloated amalgamation of the old Instagram, Snapchat, TikTok, and Facebook.

The weird thing about Edge’s feature creep is that it wasn’t really about stealing features from other browsers. Microsoft has added a lot of just unnecessary stuff.

A browser that can give you a loan

Buy now pay later Edge
Microsoft

2021 was the year Microsoft really started cramming features into Edge. That has continued into 2022 – albeit a little more slowly. Let’s take a look at some of the most egregious additions.

Edge has the ability to make loans. If you make a purchase between $35 and $1,000, an option to “buy now, pay later” will appear in the browser. Microsoft partnered with Zip for this feature and it probably takes away some of the trades.

Edge Games panel
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Remember when you played games on MSN? Well, you can play those games in Edge. A small icon will appear in the toolbar – if you enable it – that will open a sidebar with games like Solitaire, Bubble, Sudoku and more. The actual games are played on a web page, not in the browser.

Reviews are a great way to learn about a product before you buy it. There are plenty of great places for these reviews, but Microsoft wants you to see them in Edge. When you check out at some online retailers, you may see a popup with coupons and reviews. A potentially useful idea, but probably not what you expect from your browser.

Visual search in Microsoft Edge image

One of the most recent additions is a visual search function. Every time you hover your mouse pointer over an image on a website, you’ll see a small icon to perform a visual Bing search. Essentially, it searches the web for similar images. This was annoyingly enabled by default in Edge 95.

While some of the features Microsoft has added are more useful than others, such as price tracking, it’s all a bit much for a browser. None of these features are for surfing the web.

Edge isn’t all bad

To wrap up, I should mention that Edge does have some great ideas. It’s a good browser overall and a viable competitor to Chrome. Despite everything, I still use it on my PC, Android phone and iPhone, although that may not be for long.

Edge is more than just Chrome with Microsoft’s name on it. The company has added more than a few unique features. It can automatically clear your history when you close the browser, you can move the tabs to a sidebar, there is a special kids mode and more.

What do those features all have in common? They improve web browsing and browsing experience. Such features are much more welcome than games and coupons. Ultimately, the browser’s job is to make browsing the web as easy as possible. Every little prompt and popup just gets in the way.

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