One of the most important benefits of the upcoming Microsoft Edge net browser that’s based mostly on Chromium is that it helps a number of extension shops.
Microsoft Edge customers might set up extensions from Microsoft’s personal extensions retailer for Edge, or allow an choice in the net browser to unlock extension installations from the Chrome Web Store as nicely.
But how completely different are the extensions designed particularly for Microsoft Edge, and the extensions supplied by Google on the Chrome Web Store? Are there any extensions out there solely that Chrome customers can’t set up?
I made a decision to examine the out there extensions for the Chromium-based Microsoft Edge browser that are supplied on Microsoft’s Edge extensions retailer with what’s being supplied on the Chrome Web Store.
The following extensions are distinctive to Microsoft Edge. Note that options could also be out there on the Chrome Web Store for a few of them.
- ClassLink OneClick on — gives entry to net apps and information.
- Download music from VK — VK music downloader.
- Easy Video and Audio Downloader — media downloader (doesn’t work on YouTube).
- Ebates Rakuten: Get Cash Back For Shopping — purchasing extension.
- Eno from Capital One — purchasing assistant.
- FlipGive Max — purchasing extension.
- Marker: Screen seize instrument for professionals — screenshot extension.
- Microsoft Personal Shopping Assistant — purchasing extension.
- MyPoints Score — purchasing extension.
- Rutoken Plugin for Edge — digital signature, encryption, and 2FA extension.
- TrueKey (McAfee) — password supervisor.
- Video Downloader Professional for Edge — media downloader.
- Vonage Integration Suite — communication extension.
- Wikibuy — purchasing extension.
A complete of 14 extensions are exclusive and could also be put in in the Chromium-based Microsoft Edge browser. That leaves 103 extensions that are not distinctive and likewise out there on the Chrome Web Store.
Some customers might surprise why Microsoft bothers with its personal extensions retailer if most extensions are out there on the Chrome Web Store as nicely.
We want to have a look at the extensions that are distinctive in additional element to reply that query.
The three most important classes are purchasing, media downloads, and Enterprise performance.
Shopping might come as a shock to many, media downloading not a lot. One of the limitations of Chrome extensions is imposed by Google insurance policies. Extensions might not provide performance to obtain media from choose Google properties resembling YouTube.
Microsoft doesn’t impose the identical limitations on extension builders (Mozilla, Opera, and different browser makers do not both).
Maintaining an extension retailer for the Chromium-based Edge browser gives a number of benefits. It offers Microsoft full management over extensions together with its personal vetting and verification course of. One of the most important benefits is that extensions might provide options and choices that Chrome extensions do not help in that kind.
Now You: Have you tried the new Microsoft Edge? What is your take thus far?