Microsoft Edge gets a vertical makeover and speed upgrade

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If you haven't tried out Edge (opens in new tab) on your Windows 10 (opens in new tab) PC yet, now might be a good time to do so as Microsoft is rolling out several new features that help boost productivity and improve the way in which you browse the web.

After being announced back in March of last year, the software giant is finally making Edge's vertical tabs (opens in new tab) feature generally available. With vertical tabs all of your open tabs can be viewed and managed from a pane on the left side of the browser with a single click.

While Google Chrome (opens in new tab) and other browsers (opens in new tab) show your tabs above the address bar, Edge lets you clearly see the tab titles and controls in a separate pane to make it easier to find and switch between tabs regardless of how many you have open. To get started using this feature, users can click on the vertical tabs icon in the upper left corner of Edge to enable it.

When paired with Microsoft's recently introduced sleeping tabs (opens in new tab) feature which releases system resources for inactive tabs, Edge now provides users with more performance at lower power.

History and startup boost

After receiving feedback from users that missed the hub experience in legacy Edge (opens in new tab), Microsoft has decided to rework the history menu in its browser. 

Now when you go to history in Edge, it will open as a lightweight drowpdown from the toolbar instead of opening the full page view in settings. As a result, users can now easily search, open and manage their history without having to navigate away from the current page their on.

Microsoft is well aware of the fact that speed matters when working from home (opens in new tab) which is why it has added a startup boost feature to Edge that maximizes your computer's performance by significantly reducing the time it takes to open the browser after a device reboot or when restarting the program.

This new feature is rolling out this month and based on the company's initial tests, it will improve startup times by anywhere from 29 to 41 percent. Startup boost will be automatically enabled when it becomes available so if Edge seems to be launching faster than usual, you'll know why.

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