MICROSOFT has taken aim at Google Chrome with a slew of new web browser features added to its latest Windows 10 update.
The Redmond-based firm have released a brand new Windows 10 Insider Preview Build, which features big improvements to the Microsoft Edge browser.
One of the headline new features is designed to make it easier for Chrome users to transition from Google’s popular internet browser to Microsoft Edge.
Chrome users will now be able to import their settings and cookies to Edge for the first time ever.
Microsoft said this will make it easier for Windows 10 users to “make the move to Microsoft Edge” and turn it into “their primary browser”.
The Windows 10 update also makes it quicker for Microsoft Edge users to close tabs – with the X close button always visible and not obscured by anything.
This option is also available on Google Chrome, which data shows is currently the market leading internet browser by far.
Data from Netmarketshare claims 47.71 per cent of people use different versions of Google Chrome, compared to 4.89 per cent who use Microsoft Edge.
However the stats, from May 2017, show 13.71 per cent are still using the almost four year-old Internet Explorer version 11.
If those users were to make the jump to Microsoft Edge, then the Redmond-based firm could take a big chunk out of Chrome’s market share.
The Windows 10 Insider Preview Build 16226 was released to those inside the Fast ring yesterday.
The update features a great new addition to the calculator – a time-saving currency converter function, which can also be accessed offline.
The feature was outlined in a Microsoft blog, which said: “Since the launch of Windows 10, one of the top customer feedback requests we get is to include a Currency Converter function in Calculator. Wait no longer!
“As of desktop version 10.1706.1602.0 (included with the Fall Creators Update, available for update via store as we speak), you’ll find “Currency” as the top item under the “Converters” menu.
“It does most everything you’d expect from a Currency Converter, all expressed within the fresh and shiny Fluent Design System we rolled out last month.
“One aspect of the feature that we think is interesting is an offline mode…so if you’re roaming internationally and want to see how much that train ticket or souvenir is going to cost without rolling up extra data charges, we’ve got you covered.”
The Windows 10 update also includes a whole host of new emojis with Emoji 5.0 .
Brand new emojis include a zombie, a mermaid, a vampire, a wizard or a fairy.
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