windows 10 and the Edge

noticeable progress in some areas.

From 23.june.2016 onwards I have given windows 10 a run-through on one of my laptops. Although I'm far from impressed by what this Operating System offers, or its looks, it haven't caused me any major problems so far.
Fact is: windows 10 runs quite well.

windows 10 apparently isn't as memory-hungry as the OS (win7) it replaced, so most programs seem to run smoother for longer. That most of the original crapware on my laptop was removed as part of the installation procedure for the new OS, also freed up memory and made software run more efficient on the memory-limited laptop I for the time being do most of my day-to-day work on.

That everything in my opinion looks like crap on windows 10, is a minor issue and one I can easily live with as long as things work well behind the surface. All my regular software programs seem to run as well as I can possibly ask for, and that's what matters around here.

the Edge…

Microsoft's new Edge browser (version 13.10586), with its slow and unstable rendering, is a disap­point­ment. The AppleWebKit engine shows little in the form of improvements in performance over the old Trident engine, and new bugs and weak­nesses start to show up.

Almost immediately I found two genuine rendering bugs in Edge (12 13) that affect my own websites. As I find time to go deeper into my sites with this browser I expect to find more bugs.

Clearly early days in the develop­ment of the Edge browser, so I am not all that surprised to find bugs and weaknesses in it. Something very familiar about these first bugs I found though – reminds me too much of the days when we were debugging IE6/7.
Maybe Microsoft is trying to reinvent old IE6

What's really wrong with the Edge browser is anybody's guess at this time, as IE11 has started to show the same rendering instabilities on this windows 10 installation at my end. The bug-triggering conditions are standard HTML/CSS and object combinations that all browsers have supported the last 10+ years, and all non-Microsoft browsers are rendering as expected.

As Microsoft's browsers have always relied heavily on the Operating System for rendering, it is kind of logical that all their latest browsers will fail in the same way on the same OS under the same conditions. Not that there is much logic in software bugs, but at least there is some consistency here.

I am of course not going to make any changes on my sites that affect the designs, just because Edge fails. It is the browser-developers' job to fix bugs in their software – not mine.

As it stands now MS Edge isn't worth having on my laptop for anything but testing, but that's OK since I don't need it for surfing.

waited a while…

I haven't been in a hurry to install windows 10, as historically all new Operating Systems have had some “teething problems” that I did not want to deal with this time.
As reports started to be favorable, and the “free installation” time-window was nearing its closure, I saw no reason to wait any longer.

The installation process went without a hitch. Once up and running I only had to correct a few settings, and turn off some apps and functions I had no interest in.

Despite my disappointments over Microsoft's weak browsers, my conclusion so far is that the windows 10 Home OS is working reasonably well on my Samsung laptop. Think I'll keep it.

sincerely  georg; sign

Hageland 25.jun.2016
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