Microsoft is really pushing Windows 10 and you cannot really blame them, as the newest version of Windows is the best yet. It is smarter, visually more appealing, and more secure than ever before. Users with previous versions of Windows on their devices had an entire year to update to Windows 10 for free. Syntax IT Support take a closer look at what Windows have been up to
July 29th was the last day to upgrade to Windows 10 for free. A new look and feel is combined with Cortana, the virtual assistant, and great security features – all of which make Windows 10 worth the hype. One of the other features that is getting a good amount of buzz is the notifications that users get. These notifications provide a range of information, including which apps you should remove due to lack of use and what programs are draining your battery. Traditionally, web browsers tend to be the thing that kills a computer battery and Microsoft wants to work on that with its new browser Edge.
Back in June, Microsoft posted on their official blog about the greatness of Edge, claiming that it ‘delivers more battery life than Chrome, Firebox and Opera.’ Despite really pushing Edge as being tailor made for Windows 10 users, it was found that only about a quarter of Windows users are using it. They are favouring other browsers instead. One of those browsers is Google’s Chrome.
If you put Chrome into your search engine you will probably find several articles that talk about Chrome and its issues. If you have used that browser, you are probably familiar with it crashing or your tabs freezing for no particular reason but Chrome is also notorious for sucking your computer’s battery dry. Microsoft wants you to know that they also are aware of this issue with Chrome and Window’s 10 is now notifying you about it. In a statement that Microsoft released they said,
“Microsoft Edge was designed exclusively for Windows 10 with features and functionality that enhance the browsing experience. These Windows Tips notifications were created to provide people with quick, easy information that can help them enhance their Windows 10 experience, including information that can help users extend battery life.”
Users are reporting that they have received notification while using their computer that suggest that they should dump Chrome in favour of Edge. One of those notifications read;
“Chrome is draining your battery faster. Switch to Microsoft Edge for up to xx% more browsing time”
Not all users have received these notifications but nevertheless it is still pretty bold of them to directly call out Chrome like that but a pretty smart move. Computer performance and security are two areas that mean the most to users. Reminding users in real time that their computers are not in peak performance as well as showing them how to correct that problem is genius. Microsoft once was at the very top of the browser game, with Internet Explorer, which is essentially Edges much older sibling. Explorer fell in popularity in favour of other browser like Chrome and Mozilla Firefox. Those two browsers remained at the top while Explorer all but fell to the wayside. Microsoft is really hoping to get back on top with Edge.
The verdict is still out about Windows 10; more users are upgrading every day so as people start to get comfortable using it we should hear more about many of its features. Only time will tell if this tactic works for Microsoft and if Edge helps them reclaim the top spot on the browser podium. Even if Edge doesn’t bring them back to browser glory, Microsoft definitely should be given an honorary prize for its creativity.