Microsoft released on Wednesday its new Edge web browser that lets users install extensions from the Google Chrome web store.
In this and some other key ways, the new Edge browser is essentially Google Chrome with a Microsoft skin.
Apart from running Chrome extensions, the new Edge browser shares a look and feel that’s similar to Google Chrome. That isn’t surprising considering it’s based on Chromium, the open-source software upon which Chrome is also built, Business Insider reported.
Microsoft would surely like to lure people back from browsers like Chrome to its own Edge, but the new Chromium-based Edge browser could also be effective in keeping people in the Microsoft ecosystem instead of them immediately downloading Chrome when they buy a new Windows 10 computer.
According to Business Insider, with the new Chromium-powered Edge, Microsoft is claiming better performance across the board. And now that Chrome extensions are also available, in addition to the ability to sync Edge with your Google account, Chrome users may not feel the need to rush to Google’s browser as quickly as before.
Installing Chrome extensions is easy but not intuitive. Finding Chrome extensions the same way you would on that browser won’t give you what you want.