Browse with Microsoft Edge for Longer Battery Life

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The Microsoft Edge team wanted to find out what would happen if four identical devices ran four different browsers. The results? The experiment proved that battery life on a PC running Microsoft Edge lasts 70% longer than Chrome, 43% longer than Firefox, and 17% longer than Opera! For more information about the experiment, and about the efficiency of the Edge browser, check out the Microsoft blog post.

 

Bing Image Search Feature in Microsoft Office and Edge

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Microsoft recently announced a new image search feature that will be incorporated into Office products and the Edge browser via its Bing engine.The new Bing Image Search feature creates a simpler, more robust image-search experience for PowerPoint, Outlook, Word, Excel, InfoPath, OneNote, Publisher and Visio as well as Microsoft Edge.

“To try it out, just open any of those Office applications, such as Word, and click the ‘Insert’ tab at the top of the application, then select ‘Online Pictures.’ From there you’ll have the option to search for an image, and in return receive a grid of thumbnail images along with filters to narrow your search. To see the source and size of the image, just hover over it. You can view images that have been tagged as subject to certain license restrictions, or view all web images, depending on your needs and circumstances. You can then select an image that works for your particular situation by clicking on it and selecting the ‘Insert ‘button.”

For instructions on this new feature in Edge and to learn more, visit Bing blogs.

Microsoft Edge Web Summit

Picture from Microsoft Edge Web Summit 2015

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Are you an Intro Computing instructor who moonlights as a web developer? Microsoft announced its second annual Microsoft Edge Web Summit will be held in San Francisco on April 4, 2016. This free event gives developers the opportunity to learn from the engineers who build Microsoft’s Edge browser, rendering engine and developer tools through breakout sessions, Q&As, and workshops. Registration will open soon.

On April 4, the Computing team will be in Orlando for the Cengage Learning Computing Conference. But if you’re on the West Coast, let us know if you’re attending Microsoft’s summit!

 

Microsoft’s New Browser to be called Microsoft Edge

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Microsoft announced that its new browser in Windows 10 will be called Microsoft Edge. When the plans for a new browser were announced back in January, it was initially known as Project Spartan. The official name is a reference to the new rendering engine (EdgeHTML) that Microsoft is using for Windows 10. Microsoft Edge is being called, “a browser built for doing.” It contains several unique features including built-in Cortana support, built-in reading, sharing and note taking, and a minimalist design.

Microsoft Edge will replace Internet Explorer as the default browser when Windows 10 releases. Internet Explorer will become a legacy browser and updates will no longer be issued. Microsoft Edge will, when required, load in the older Internet Explorer engine for backwards compatibility.

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