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June 24th, 2015

164_browsers_CIf you’re like most people, you probably have a preferred browser you use when surfing the web. You may even consider yourself set in your ways, and think there’s no chance you’d ever consider testing another browser. Well, Microsoft’s new wonder child, aptly called Edge, may have you thinking twice. With a wide set of game-changing features, Edge is poised to shake up the way you access the web.

With Windows 10 launching later this year, Microsoft has a new browser packaged with it. Formerly known as Project Spartan, you can test out a beta version of this browser as part of the Windows Insider Program. But if you’re not ready to jump on the bandwagon and try it just yet, here are three reasons why the world is getting excited about Edge.

1. Speedy browsing

A major reason Internet Explorer made surfing the web as slow as a tortoise was the support of legacy technologies such as ActiveX, Browser Helper Objects and others. Now, without the excess baggage, Edge is operating at a speed eons better than its predecessor. What may come as even more of a surprise is the fact that in recent tests it also outperformed both Chrome and Firefox in terms of speed.

2. Features, features, and more features

There are tons of cool features Edge offers that are sure to get anyone excited. From the Reading View function that allows you to view content without any ads, to the Annotation feature that enables you to write notes on a web page and share them with friends or colleagues, Microsoft appears to be set on pushing boundaries and wow-ing users with their focus on the future of internet browsing.

3. There will be extensions

If you love the extensions that Google and Firefox have on offer, you can let out a long sigh of relief. Microsoft Edge will have extension capabilities as well. And even better, you can “steal” extensions from Chrome and Firefox and use them on Edge too. Bear in mind, however, that extensions will not be available right away.

Is Edge the real deal?

While it may have felt like the creators of Internet Explorer were spending more time napping than updating their browser for the 21st century, this appears not to be the case with Edge. In a recent post on the Windows blog, the Microsoft Edge team wrote that “improving performance is a never ending theme” when referring to Windows 10. It seems Microsoft is now committed to staying current, which didn’t really feel true with Internet Explorer.

Want to learn more about Microsoft Edge and other browsers? Curious to discover the best browser for your business? Let’s talk. Call us today.

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Topic Browsers
April 11th, 2015

Browsers_Apr10_CWhen was the last time you opened a web site, got everything you needed from it and then closed it? It’s something we do less and less - instead, more of us are accustomed to keeping a page open for reference for some time, perhaps even leaving it open when we put our computer to sleep, and often bookmarking it to go back to later. But what if you need to access that page when you’re working on a different device - say your smartphone or tablet - and perhaps even in a different location? New support for syncing bookmarks in the popular Opera browser, between its and mobile and desktop platforms, makes it easier to keep track of all the pages you’ve opened but haven’t quite finished with yet.

Bookmark syncing is already standard practice on most browsers, and those who use Google Chrome in particular will already be familiar with being able to log into the browser on different devices and access all your bookmarks just as you left them. Yet, despite its popularity with over 300 million users, it’s a feature that was oddly missing from Opera until an update last month. Bookmark syncing is now supported across Opera’s desktop platform, Opera Mini for iOS, and Opera for Android, with Opera Mini for Android expected to follow soon.

Syncing your bookmarks on Opera browsers is as simple as it is on the likes of Google Chrome. Simply sign into your Opera account on each device that you use (after creating an account if you don’t have one already), and your bookmarks will magically appear for you to access, edit and add to. Of course, if you’re happy as you are, then you can use Opera as you always have done and without signing in - the only difference is that you won’t have access to your bookmarks on any devices where you’re not connected.

Though it may lack the glitz and glam afforded to other, newer browsers like Chrome and Firefox, Opera is a stalwart that has been around since 1995. At the start of this year, one of Opera’s original developers unveiled a brand new browser, Vivaldi, after he became disillusioned with Opera’s change of course from its original functions and purpose. Designed for power users who spend a lot of time online working with high volumes of content, Vivaldi might be for you if you not only like to bookmark lots of pages, but also have a tendency to keep numerous tabs open.

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Topic Browsers
July 30th, 2011

google firefox addonDo you frequently use Google’s online services such as Gmail, Calendar, and Reader? Do wish there were a way you could view all of these services in one page? If you use Mozilla Firefox as your browser, you’re in luck. Firefox has a free Addon called “Integrated Gmail” which allows you to view these services from one page.

Go to the Mozilla Firefox Addon page and click the “+Add to Firefox” button for Integrated Gmail. Be sure to click on the Install button that shows in the popup confirmation dialog box. After the addon installs, restart your browser and then log in to your Gmail account. Magically, new links to Reader, Calendar, and other Google services will appear in your page.

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Topic Tech Tips
July 30th, 2011

google firefox addonDo you frequently use Google's online services such as Gmail, Calendar, and Reader? Do wish there were a way you could view all of these services in one page? If you use Mozilla Firefox as your browser, you're in luck. Firefox has a free Addon called "Integrated Gmail" which allows you to view these services from one page.

Go to the Mozilla Firefox Addon page and click the "+Add to Firefox" button for Integrated Gmail. Be sure to click on the Install button that shows in the popup confirmation dialog box. After the addon installs, restart your browser and then log in to your Gmail account. Magically, new links to Reader, Calendar, and other Google services will appear in your page.

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Topic Tech Tips
June 16th, 2011

download folderWant to change the default download location for Mozilla Firefox? Perhaps you want to have it default to your desktop, or a special folder on your hard drive?

To do so, go to the Options menu in Firefox, then under the General tab look for the Downloads section. Browse to a location in the “Save files to” option screen, then click on OK and you should be good to go. Alternatively, you can have Firefox prompt you for a location for every download by choosing the option “Always ask me where to save files” instead.

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Topic Tech Tips
May 1st, 2011

Did you know that typing “about:” plus another word in Firefox will allow you to view special configuration information of the browsersome of which you can actually tweak and customize?

To try it, type “about:” to show general and version information. Try “about:cache” to view the browser cache, or “about:plugins” to show plugin information. If you are feeling adventurous, try “about:config” to show the browser configuration settings (but be careful when changing settings here). And for some extra fun, type “about:Mozilla” to see a special things provided by the developers.

To try it, type “about:” to show general and version information. Try “about:cache” to view the browser cache, or “about:plugins” to show plugin information. If you are feeling adventurous, try “about:config” to show the browser configuration settings (but be careful when changing settings here). And for some extra fun, type “about:Mozilla” to see a special things provided by the developers.

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Topic Tech Tips
March 18th, 2011

KeysHave you ever clicked “Never Remember” for a password, only to decide later that you do want Firefox to remember it?  Here’s how you can get Firefox to re-prompt you.
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Topic Tech Tips
March 4th, 2011

Mozilla Firefox too slow? Here’s a tip for speeding up Firefox by moving cache memory to RAM.
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Topic Tech Tips
February 7th, 2011

Firefox 3.6 has yet another secret feature that could significantly improve your web browsing on Windows: scroll acceleration.
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Topic Tech Tips
December 29th, 2010

firefox iconSometimes websites use fonts that are too small or otherwise difficult to read. Learn how to set up Firefox to display all webpages with a specific font and size of your choosing.  
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Topic Tech Tips