Full disclosure. Microsoft’s Internet Explorer, the archaic web browser hated by hundreds of millions, is all but dead and you won’t find it on iPhone, iPad, or Mac. What you will find– someday soon– is Internet Explorer’s offspring.
Yes, fresh from a starring role on Windows 10, Microsoft introduces the Edge experience for iOS. Why? Good question.
Microsoft is a software company. Apple is a hardware company. Microsoft’s software runs on Apple’s hardware. And that’s all I got. iOS is becoming a hodgepodge of foreign experiences and unidentifiable look and feel differences. Look at Google’s apps on iOS. They’re foreign. They don’t match Apple’s apps in look and feel, therefore, don’t match other third party apps.
Now, Apple’s neighborhood and ecosystem is being invaded by Microsoft.
What iPhone, iPad, and Android device users won’t get is yet another web browser per se. We have enough of those already. Probably more than fart apps or flashlights. What Apple’s customers will get in Microsoft applications is the so-called Edge experience; the look and feel of using Edge and Microsoft apps in Windows. Yet, favorites, tabs, Reading View, and bookmarks will sync between devices. Edge will still need a rendering engine so it will use Webkit on iOS. For Android, it will use the Chromium Blink engine.
For Windows Phones it will use Microsoft’s EdgeHTML rendering engine.
Just kidding. Nobody uses Windows Phone anymore.
Edge will help unify the Windows 10 experience for iPhone, iPad, and Android customers with a Continue on PC feature to share apps, photos, websites, et all from one device to another. That sounds much like Apple’s built-in Handoff feature. But a whole bunch of the expected features won’t be available initially, of course because Microsoft, like Apple and Google, prefers users to be guinea pigs first.
Alright, I understand what’s going on here. Microsoft wants to corral their users into their own ecosystem of functionality within iOS. Google does the same thing. The problem here is that Apple’s ecosystem looks and feels different than anything by Google or Microsoft. It’s just that Apple has a billion iOS customers, Microsoft got left behind in the mobile wars, and half of Google’s mobile device profits come from iPhone and iPad, so it’s easy to see they think they have something to protect.
Microsoft ships Windows on a few hundred million PCs every year and has an installed based about halfway between Apple’s iOS and macOS, and Google’s Android, so it’s easy to see why the company wants to protect the user base. There’s a money trail.