The best reason to use Edge on Chrome just got better
Modern browsers have stopped offering bookmarks as the only way to save the interesting stuff you find while surfing the vastness of the Internet. Every browser now offers something unique, and on Microsoft Edge, it’s Collections, which by the way are so useful that they alone make you want to ditch Chrome for good. Compared to Chrome’s Reading List, Collections is much more intuitive in that it lets you save images and text snippets along with web pages, while doing a better job of organizing them. It’s safe to say that the functionality was already superior, but with a new upgrade it got even better, leaving the Chrome counterpart in the dust.
Topped off the list of additions is a brand new Inspiration Feed that will suggest new content related to items you’ve saved to your Collections, right from the Collections tab – that little sliding window just got a bit more versatile now. Another new section will allow you to access all new content posted by your favorite creators, as Edge will soon also allow you to follow channels and people on websites such as YouTube, Bilibili and TikTok. Only a few sites will initially support it, but Microsoft promises more in the future.
On top of all that, a new feature will let you save images and videos that you want to access later just by hovering over them and using one of the two icons that appear — the top one will do the saving , while the bottom one will launch visual search, which works very similarly to Google Lens (you can tell from the very familiar icon). It’s not that the previous method where you had to use the context menu to tidy images was bad in any way – the new menu is just more convenient and looks better too.
Although visual search has already started showing for us, collections upgrades may take a while — Microsoft said they’ll be rolling out “over the next few months,” and when they do, you’ll get an update prompt in your Collections pane. Needless to say, all of these changes are desktop-specific, and it’s unclear what the mobile version of Edge will reflect on these.