Extensions finally arrive in Microsoft Edge

The long-awaited feature is finally here - almost

Edge is the replacement to the ageing Internet Explorer and it is the default web browser in Windows 10. However, users of Microsoft's new operating system have reacted with apathy and it has not inspired them to use it. The market share of Edge is disappointing for Microsoft.

One of the reasons for the lack of enthusiasm for Edge is the lack of support for extensions. Chrome and Firefox users, which together make up the bulk of internet users, love their extensions and they are an important feature. some people would be lost without them.

Now Edge has extension support at last. Don't get too excited though, because there aren't may as of yet and only the beta version of Windows 10 on the fast ring (almost an alpha it's so far ahead of the release version).

This means that few people have it in their hands right now and you have to have Windows 10 Insider Preview Build 14291, but eventually, who knows when though, it will reach the general public.

Extensions transform a browser and so this is a big development for Edge.

Extensions for Microsoft Edge

There are thousands of extensions for Chrome and Firefox, but only three for Edge. These consist of Microsoft Translator, Mouse Gestures, and Reddit Enhancement Suite.

Microsoft Translator is a tool that enables you to translate a foreign language web page into whatever language Windows is currently set to. It currently supports more than 50 languages.

Mouse Gestures enables you to right click with the mouse and then perform a gesture like moving it right to left to go back to the previous page, down and right to close the current tab and so on.

Opera had mouse gestures years ago and abandoned them, so it is not clear how people will react to them. It does not see much easier than clicking a back button or tab close button. Gestures are also hard to remember beyond a couple of favourites.

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Reddit Enhancement Suite is a very popular Chrome extension with a huge number of five star reviews. It is regarded as an essential extension for anyone that uses the Reddit website. Of the three extensions, this is probably the most useful one.

It is early days yet and Edge has a lot of catching up to do. Getting extensions is a step in the right direction, but the battle for the browser has largely been lost. It is hard to see how Edge can persuade those that have already made the switch to Chrome or Firefox to switch back.

Get more information on Microsoft Edge extensions.


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