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Can Microsoft's Edge Browser End the Browser Wars?

Posted on 3.23.2016

Ask anyone what they like about Chrome or Mozilla and they'll likely tell you that it is the extensions and plugins that are available - technology that layers on those browsers to provide additional functionality.

Currently there are only three working extensions for Edge: Microsoft Translator, the Reddit Enhancement Suite and Mouse Gestures. Coming soon are AdBlock, Adblock Plus, Amazon, LastPass, Evernote and others.

For now, users will have to install extensions manually, but in the future, they will be able to install them right from the Windows Store.

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Microsoft stresses that it is participating in the W3C Browser Extension Community Group, which aims to create a standard API for browser extensions, which should at least theoretically make it easier for developers to write add-ons that’ll work across browsers.

"One of our highest priorities is to ensure that Microsoft Edge is the safest, most reliable and fastest browser we could build, and our experience over the past 20 years has taught us that poorly written or even malicious add-ons were a huge source of security, reliability and performance issues for browsers,” Microsoft’s general manager for Edge Drew DeBruyne writes today. “With this in mind, we have built Microsoft Edge so customers can add extensions to the browser with the confidence that they will operate as expected.”


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