Microsoft’s at it again, presenting us with new features weekly. This time, it’s all about making our online searches smarter and more efficient in the Edge browser. If you’ve been on the fence about switching to it, this might be the push you need.
As revealed by Mikhail Parakhin, CEO of Advertising and Web Services at Microsoft, Edge has a cool new feature. Imagine this: you’re searching for something important for your business – maybe market research or the latest trends in your industry. You type in your query and get results from not one but two search engines simultaneously.
Say Bing is your default search engine. When you hit the search icon, you won’t just see Bing’s results; you’ll also get a peek at what Google (or your alternative search engine of choice) has to offer. This dual view works both ways, ensuring you’re not missing out on any valuable information.
How does it work?
Open your Edge browser, and in the search bar, enter your search term
In the right-hand sidebar, click the search icon
That will open the sidebar and allow you to enable the secondary search. Click the “Sounds Good” button to get started.
Once you click that button, you’ll default to Google search, and your search results will stay in sync between both Bing and Google. Use the drop-down selection to change between secondary search engines.
In business, information is gold. Access to comprehensive search results means you’re more likely to find the most relevant, diverse, and valuable information. No more switching between browsers or tabs to compare search results – Edge now does that for you in a single view.
Some people have raised concerns about potential visual clutter from combining the results of two engines. It’s a valid point, and thankfully, Microsoft is listening. Parakhin hinted at the possibility of customizing your ‘backup’ search engine to streamline the experience. While the sidebar’s width is fixed, there’s an openness to explore deeper customization options soon.
This feature in Edge is quite a lure. It simplifies the task of searching, making research quicker and more effective. You get the best of both worlds without the hassle of juggling multiple windows.
And it’s more than just a convenience; it’s a step towards smarter, more efficient browsing, especially for us in the business community. It demonstrates Microsoft’s commitment to improving user experience and staying competitive in the browser game.
For current Edge fans, this is an exciting upgrade. It’s a compelling reason to consider making the switch for everyone else.
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