The latest iteration of Microsoft’s Edge browser now includes a sidebar with a number of useful features. The sidebar displays down the right-hand edge of the browser window and is closed by default. Clicking on an item (icon) in the adjacent menu bar (which is permanently displayed) opens the sidebar containing relevant content.
The collection of tools is especially useful and the Translator automatically identifies the source language and translates text to any language in the world (selectable from a drop-down menu). The Unit converter covers a heap of options including length, mass (weight), temperature, speed, volume, area, pressure, voltage, and even fuel consumption (MPG <-> Km/liter). Very useful for quick conversions. Here in Australia, we use the decimal system while the U.S. uses imperial measurements. So, when I’m shopping around I often need to quickly convert from inches to centimeters.
From Top To Bottom:
- Search: Opens a Bing search dialogue box which, considering there is already a search dialogue box smack in the middle of the browser window, seems a tad superfluous – read unnecessary
- Discovery: Displays information about the current webpage, such as traffic and visitor demographics
- Tools: Opens up a number of useful tools including a World clock, Calculator, Dictionary (word definition lookup), Translator, Unit converter, and Internet speed test
- Games: Play games in the browser. A large collection of in-browser games covering all genres
- Office: Loads Microsoft Office online (free with a Microsoft account). Please read: Microsoft Office Full Version Free – Online
- Outlook: Loads the Outlook.com inbox (for those with an Outlook.com email account)
- Customize (Plus Sign): Provides options to switch features on or off
Opening the Games option provides a list of games you can play in-browser. I’m not much into games myself but there is a huge selection covering most genres. They are simple games, of course, but many look like they could be fun to while away some spare time.
I checked my internet speed using the Internet speed test tool and the results came back pretty much as anticipated, which suggests that the test is quite accurate.
Unfortunately, because the sidebar displays full-length, I’m unable to show you in full but here are a couple of samples taken from the Tools menu:
All-in-all, Edge’s new sidebar definitely adds appeal. As I mentioned earlier, the included Tools are particularly appealing, providing quick and easy access to a number of very useful tools. I do believe Microsoft is on the right track with its Edge browser and, under steady development, it’s finally transforming into the browser it always should have been. Look out Google! 🙂