Ever since Microsoft announced a new version of Edge—now based in Chromium—it has been getting much praise as a worthy alternative to Google Chrome. Aside from better compatibility across all devices, the new Chromium-based Edge browser is proven to be more RAM efficient than Chrome while having almost all of the same features found in Google’s browser.
With Microsoft wanting to make Edge more competitive, VentureBeat reports that Microsoft announced a slew of new features for the next update of Edge. Headling those features is a dedicated Meet Now button. Powered by Skype, Meet Now lets users chat with up to 50 friends for 24 hours—and they can do so for free without any download or sign-up required. All you have to do is to create a video chat link with Meet Now and share it with your friends.
That makes Edge all the more interesting especially in an age where practically all of us are dependent with videoconferencing for work, meetings, gatherings, and the like. This unique Edge feature beats what Google Meet and Zoom have to offer: though their free accounts can handle up to 100 participants, you are capped at up to 60 minutes for Google Meet and 40 minutes for Zoom. Even more interesting is that Microsoft plans to make Meet Now available with Outlook and through the Windows 10 taskbar in the coming weeks.
Other new features in the upcoming Edge update include an updated PDF handler that supports table of contents, a native screenshot tool, and support for the Chrome Web Store.