In 2015, Microsoft announced that it was replacing the Internet Explorer browser with a new browser called Edge, which would be included in Windows 10. When I tried it out it was very clear it was an unfinished product that had been rushed into production. It lacked very basic capabilities, with the indication that they would come at some later point in time.
In the past day or two, you may have heard that Microsoft is introducing a feature in the edge mobile browser to warn you of “unreliable” news sources. Just a couple of days ago, Microsoft announced it was going to end support for Windows for phones, so I was puzzled who the audience for this incredible update was. Surely there are people running tablets using Windows, but…
Much to my surprise, I learned that Microsoft Edge is now available for IOS and Android! So I went ahead and downloaded Microsoft Edge to my Amazon fire tablet (from the Google Play store) and fired that puppy up. After about 2 minutes, I said to myself “hold your horses – this is Chrome!”
It turns out that Microsoft did abandon their own browser and replaced it with the open source Chrome that was released by Google. I am struggling to think of any reason people would want this product. Because it defaults to using Bing?
The NewsGuard feature is turned off by default. All it does is put a little red warning icon if you go to Drudge Report or Info Wars or Daily Mail (.uk). At least for now, it doesn’t block you or your children from accidentally viewing dangerous news.