• Tara Grey

Coupons, Ratings & More... Why You Might Want to Try Microsoft Edge


The internet browser you use to surf the web is more than just a means to get online. They can have certain features that save you money and make your life easier.


The top four browsers used around the world are:

  • Google Chrome

  • Safari

  • Microsoft Edge

  • Firefox

Chrome has by far the most users, with 64.06% of people using it. But just because it’s the most popular right now, doesn’t mean it’s going to stay that way. It wasn’t that long ago when Microsoft Internet Explorer was the dominant internet browser and Chrome was the newcomer.


The newcomer on the scene now is Microsoft Edge. It’s Microsoft’s replacement for Internet Explorer (now retired) and it comes native with the Windows operating system. It may be newer than the others, but it’s gunning for the dominant position by adding new, innovative features.


If you’ve been using Chrome, Safari, or another browser for years, there are several reasons you might want to schedule an IT tutoring session to learn more about Edge and make the switch.


Reasons to Switch to the Microsoft Edge Browser


Extend Battery Life with Efficiency Mode


Edge has a new feature called Efficiency Mode, which is designed to save your battery life if using a laptop. It can also improve computer memory use and processing power.


When you have a lot of websites open at the same time, it takes up a good deal of system memory (that’s why your computer can get slower as you open more web pages, especially if they have a lot of images and videos).


Efficiency Mode will detect when your device is low on battery power and reduce the memory and processing needed for your open webpages, thus reducing the drain on the battery.


Shop Deals & Get Cash Back


Have you ever had an internet browser give you cash back? Microsoft is working to entice consumers by offering them the best deals they can find online.


As you shop online like you normally do, Microsoft Edge will read the items you’re looking at, and if it detects a better deal on another website, it will pop up a notification with a link. You can also see ratings for products as you shop.


You don’t have to do anything other than use the browser when doing your online shopping.


Historic Pricing & Price Comparisons


Don’t you hate it when you buy something and then see that it went on sale two days later? Another shopping-related feature of Microsoft Edge is historic pricing. You can see what the price trend of an item is and plan your shopping accordingly.


You can also compare retailers right in the browser popup, without having to go through all the effort of visiting each site separately to look for the item.


Historic Pricing & Price Comparisons

Get Coupons as You Shop


One other shopping feature that can save you money is the coupons feature in the Edge browser. When shopping online, if coupons or deals are detected, you’ll see a little blue price tag icon at the top, near the URL.


Click that to have Edge try coupons for you when you’re ready to checkout. Note: These are coupons that the browser finds on sites like RetailMeNot, and not all of them will work, depending upon expiration dates and coupon requirements.


But, if you do qualify for a coupon, it can save you a lot of time and money by having Edge automatically enter and try them all for you in a few seconds.


Get Coupons as You Shop

Vertical Tabs for a Cleaner Look


If you don’t like seeing all those “messy” tabs at the top of your browser, then one Edge feature you’ll really like is vertical tabs. You can click to tuck your tabs to the left side of the window and minimize them.


Just hover over them to see the tabs you have open and click to visit them.


Vertical Tabs for a Cleaner Look

Find Your Saved Webpages with Collections


Are you tired of having to search for those bookmarked “favorites” that just seem to save with no organization whatsoever?


Microsoft Edge has a second option called “Collections.” It allows you to create a collection category and save web pages inside that topic. Just click a “+” at the top of the browser window to open your collections and look for the category.


Click the category and you’ll see all the websites you saved, each with a preview of the site (helpful for recognizing what it is), and you can easily open it.


Find Your Saved Webpages with Collections

Would You Like to Learn More About Edge or Another Internet Browser?


Come to CompuTara for friendly personalized tutoring on Microsoft Edge, Safari, Chrome, or any other browser you want to learn how to use to make your online time better.


Schedule a tech tutoring session today! Call or text me at: 862-368-4893 or Email me here.

 

References linked to:

https://gs.statcounter.com/browser-market-share

https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/edge/features?r=1

https://www.computara.com/services

https://www.computara.com/contact

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