New updates for Microsoft Edge improve start-up and introduce vertical tabs

The latest release of Microsoft Edge comes with vertical tabs and faster start-up times.

Microsoft’s flagship browser now starts up 41% faster than before.

The developers made this happen by loading the browser in the background when you sign into Windows.

Even when you close all of the remaining windows, it will still be running in the background, therefore allowing for a smooth launch when you need it again.

Of course, you always have the option to disable the feature.

As for the vertical tabs, you are now free to explore their functionality.

Do keep in mind, however, that gradual improvements will be rolling out throughout the month, so nothing is set in stone as of yet.

In general, vertical tabs are not a novelty in the realm of web browsers.

These either come built-in or through additional extensions.

According to Michele McDanel from Microsoft, most websites offer plenty of whitespace on either end of the page.

She said that working with users revealed that the vertical real estate could be a better place for displaying tabs, rather than the horizontal list at the top.

Based on prototype testing, the company believes that this will improve the user experience.

In the research phase, Microsoft also found that users who like vertical tabs also switch between them and their traditional counterparts.

Therefore, the developers introduced an always-visible toggle that allows users to do this.

Sometimes, users want to reclaim as much screen real estate as possible, and to address their needs, the developers also added the option to collapse the sidebar.

Microsoft Bing is also receiving several new features, including:

  • A recipe view that offers dinner ideas
  • Visual search results improvements
  • Rich sidebar snippets with an infographic-like feel