Microsoft Edge: The Browser that Rose from Internet Explorer’s Ashes

Once upon a time, Microsoft crowned its web browser, Internet Explorer, the undisputed king of browsers. However, the failure to adapt to changing times and the emergence of a formidable rival, Google Chrome, led to Internet Explorer’s complete market share loss and eventual demise. After several attempts, Microsoft ultimately gave up on Internet Explorer and introduced a new browser called Edge. Though it stumbled, faltered, and was reborn with the Chromium engine, the new Edge has finally fulfilled user expectations.

The revitalized Edge is a web browser powered by the “Chromium” engine, the open-source engine used by Chrome, Opera, and most other web browsers, except Safari and Firefox, which use their own engines. This transition has made Edge just as website-compatible as Google Chrome, addressing the problems of the previous Edge that had its engine. Moreover, it has embraced the same extensions as Chrome, allowing users to download and install them from the Chrome Store.

Microsoft Edge

Edge boasts a range of features that distinguish it from Chrome and other browsers. Notable features include a built-in coupon search engine for online shopping discounts and the option to arrange tabs vertically. However, one of Edge’s lesser-known features could be the compelling reason to abandon Chrome.

This feature is Edge’s split screen. In most browsers, when you want to view two websites simultaneously, you’re forced to open two browser windows, position them on the screen, and load different web pages in each window. This approach is not only inconvenient but also inefficient in terms of resource consumption.

Microsoft recognized the need for users to view two websites simultaneously and introduced a feature called “Split Screen.” This feature allows you to divide the browser window into two adjustable sections, enabling you to load and interact with two websites without the hassle of opening another window.

You can configure split screen in two ways. The first option allows you to open all the links from the first website (left) on the right side of the screen. The second option permits working with both divided spaces independently. In the latest Edge version, Edge 119, you can even restore the split screen with both websites if you accidentally close the browser and reopen it.

Edge’s split screen is a feature that Chrome lacks. While Google Chrome prioritizes stability and professionalism over adding new functions and features, there are certain features in other browsers, like Edge, that significantly enhance the user experience. Vertical tabs, which make better use of screen width, and the split screen function are just two examples.

Therefore, it may be time to consider Microsoft Edge more seriously. You’re likely to find it a worthwhile alternative to Chrome.

How to Create Split Screen in Any Program

While Edge’s split screen feature is exclusive to the browser, there are two alternative methods to open multiple windows and organize them within your desktop.

Firstly, there are PowerToys Fancy Zones, a function that lets you establish multiple virtual spaces on your screen for placing windows with customizable organization. Secondly, Windows 11 offers a similar functionality built into the desktop itself. By hovering over the maximize button, you can choose how to position windows, ensuring they remain within view.