The Microsoft Edge browser is now more bloated than the Google Chrome browser

By TechThop Team

Posted on: 22 Aug, 2022

His previous work included XDA-Developers as Managing Editor and extensive coverage of consumer technology. He has been writing for How-To Geek for over a decade. The author of thousands of articles, hundreds of tutorials, and dozens of reviews, Joe loves all things tech and DIY.

Google Chrome is hated for being a bloated, resource-hogging browser, but Microsoft Edge is proving to be even worse. It started off with good intentions, but Microsoft just can't help itself.

The dream of a Chrome-like browser without all of Google's bloat seems dead. I switched to using Microsoft Edge on my desktop PC and Android phone-even recommending it to my friends. However, as time goes on, the dream has become more difficult to justify.

Feature Creep

The reason I tried Microsoft Edge was that it did not bloat. It actually didn't feel much different from Chrome, but it had a few fewer features.

While that seemed to be the case for a while, it wasn't long before feature creep became a problem. The term 'feature creep' describes the addition of new features continuously to a product, to the detriment of that product. It's sadly common in modern browsers, apps, and other applications.

There are many reasons why Instagram has become a bloated amalgam of Instagram, Snapchat, TikTok, and Facebook. It used to be as simple as just posting photos.

In Edge, Microsoft has been adding new features that aren't really necessary. What makes it strange is that they haven't been stealing features from other browsers.

Microsoft started adding features to Edge in 2021, and it continues -albeit slowly - in 2022. Here are some of the most noteworthy ones.

In Edge, you can 'buy now, pay later' on purchases between $35 and $1,000. Microsoft partnered with Zip for this feature, and it only makes money from transactions between $35 and $1,000.

Edge Isn’t All Bad

It's worth mentioning that Edge has its own advantages. It's a good browser that can keep up with Chrome and manage to be as competitive as it is. I still use it on my PC, Android phone, and iPhone, but I may have to stop using it soon.

The Microsoft Edge browser is not just Chrome with the Microsoft name slapped on it. It has added more than a few unique features, including automatic history clearing when you close it, tab switching, and a kids mode. 

All of those features enhance web browsing. At the end of the day, the browser's job is to make using the internet as easy as possible. It's much more enjoyable to have features like that than coupons and games. It's just too bad every little pop-up and promptly gets in the way.

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