This problem has been particularly noticeable on mobile devices, where IE on Windows Phone has struggled to render pages properly.
Extension support won't come with the initial release of the Edge, but will be available by the end of the year.
4. More Personal: Edge is tightly wired into Microsoft's Bing search service, and with Cortana, the company's virtual personal assistant service. When opted into, these services keep track of your actions on the browser in order to gather more context that would, in theory, help you in your travels across the Web.
"Cortana is able to infer what you need," said Sean Lyndersay, Microsoft principal program manager lead for Edge, in another Build presentation.
As you type a question in the URL address bar, Edge starts generating possible answers. Typing in the "msft" stock ticker will instantly return the current stock market price and company information.
If the user visits a Web page for a restaurant, the browser prepares a summary of information that might be of interest, such as directions, hours, and a link to the menu. Edge can return flight arrival times, and movie show times.
In his demo, Lyndersay asked how old actor Brad Pitt was. The browser returned the correct answer: 51. It may even be able to answer technical support questions, according to Lyndersay.
Launching the browser will give you a new tab start page with links to your most visited sites, as well as links to news stories and content the user may find interesting, as estimated by your browsing habits.
5. More Immersive: Edge takes a number of steps to improve the user's reading experience.
For one, Edge has less chrome than IE, meaning that the browser frame is less festooned with distracting menu commands and widgets. "We moved things to where they naturally should be, to put your focus on the content," Lyndersay said.
It will also offer a "reading view," which strips away all the menus, ads and other distracting elements that run alongside the text. Advertisers may not like it, but reading view will reconstruct the page to make it "far more readable and far more interesting," Lyndersay said.
Through a click of a button, Edge will also offer the ability to annotate Web pages. A user can make notes directly on a website, which can then be recalled the next time the site is visited; the browser stores the notes on the user's computer. Those with touch devices can also draw on top of the site. Annotations can be shared with other Edge users.
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