Could Microsoft Edge Finally Be On The Rise? Real 1080p Netflix Streaming
In its last days, well last few years actually, Microsoft’s Internet Explorer browser became good for only one thing. Whenever someone installed or reinstalled their OS, they had to use Internet Explorer to download Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox so they could resume their normal browsing. Unfortunately, that stigma carried over to Windows 10 and its integrated browser, Microsoft Edge. Microsoft Edge is basically a newer and lighter Internet Explorer exclusive to Windows 10.
While Edge has its fair share of issues, it certainly has a decent amount of benefits too. One such advantage which Edge offers over Chrome, Firefox and Opera is that it allows users to stream Netflix content in full HD 1080p while the others only allow up to 720p quality.
So people who paid for HD subscription and have been using those browsers, well they haven’t been exactly getting their money’s worth.
Microsoft has been attempting to build up its browser reputation after the numerous disasters with Internet Explorer and this seems to be one such move, alongside their claim of optimized battery usage compared to Chrome.
Edge’s ability to run Netflix 1080p might have something to do with its barebones design, which doesn’t even allow Addons as of yet, resulting in better handling of DRM content and its codecs.
Of course with Windows 10, there really isn’t a big need to use browsers since the Netflix application available on Windows Store works perfect and even lets you stream in Ultra High Definition (provided you have an external device like Nvidia Shield or Roku 4 attached) but it’s good to know that Microsoft is at least trying to make a name in the internet browser market instead of just rolling over like they did with Internet Explorer.
Perhaps the only big thing still preventing people from jumping back to Microsoft’s browsers and be rid of resource hogs like Chrome is the lack of extensions and addons.
While Microsoft has now allowed extensions, it will be some time before they become as mainstream as they on other browsers. Downloading them from Windows Store is also a bummer for many users.