Microsoft Edge vs Apple Safari: The battle of built-in web browsers

Every operating system has its own default web browser. Like Microsoft has its Edge web browser for Windows, Apple’s macOS comes with Safari web browser pre-installed. While both claim to offer top-notch features, faster web browsing speeds and enhanced security, there are certain things that both are not so good at. Both the company’s keep updating their web browsers with new features and advancements to offer better user experience.

But, ever since Microsoft ported its Edge web browser to Chromium, it has started getting new features and advancements regularly. The browser now also comes really close to Google Chrome, in terms of performance and features and more.
To get a clear perspective, we have pitted both the browsers against each other in several categories and here’s how they compare.
Edge vs Safari: Compatibility
When Microsoft announced Edge, it ensured the web browser is available across the platforms, including Windows, Mac, Android, ChromeOS, Linux, etc. On the other hand, Safari is limited to the Apple ecosystem and available only for Apple devices.
So, if you are a part of the Apple ecosystem, meaning you own a MacBook, an iPhone, iPad, etc, then Safari will be there and you can access all the data across devices, including history, bookmarks, passwords and more.
But Edge being widely available provides the freedom to use any device running any operating system and still be able to access all that data and information.
Edge vs Safari: User interface and ease of use
Edge and Safari both are developed by software giants and there’s no doubt that both offer good user interfaces, which are equally easy-to-use. Also, both being a default web browser, the integration into the operating system is also good on their respective operating systems.
However, if you are planning to use Edge on macOS, you might find it a little less integrated than Safari.
Also, both offer customisation options in their own way. Apple’s Safari’s new tab management feature is better than before and it also allows users to customise and set any image as background image.
Edge, on the other hand, offers a slightly more customisable interface by allowing users to theme it up as per their taste.
At the end of the day, both are equally good and the customisation options boils down to personal preference.
Edge vs Safari: Management and other features
Apart from being good looking and easy to use, a web browser is supposed to be good at managing stuff for users. In this aspect, both Edge and Safai offer good options to users. For example, both offer extensive password management, auto-fill, bookmarks and ability to pin tabs and create tab groups.
However, there are a few things that Edge does better. For instance, Edge comes with a feature called Collection that allows users to segregate the research data or shopping data for different occasions in separate collections. It can also be shared with other Edge users which further make it easier for users to work and collaborate in groups.
Apart from that, the Edge browser also offers vertical tab features to offer a better workflow.
Edge vs Safari: Privacy and security
Both Edge and Safari offer safe browsing and offer a slew of safety and security features. Safari comes with options like Intelligent Tracking Prevention, Privacy Reports, a pretty good password manager that tells users whether any password has been compromised or leaked.
Edge also offers these features, including the Tracking Prevention and comes with built-in Microsoft Defender SmartScreen feature. Apart from that, it also offers different levels of security options.
Edge vs Safari: Performance
As per HTML5test, the Edge beats Safari and Chrome both. However, that does not mean Safari is a slow web browser. Both have their strengths and weaknesses in this aspect. While Safari being more optimised for macOS, it will offer slightly better performance and efficiency.
Apple also claims that Safari offers more battery compared to other web browsers and also consumes less resources.
As a counter, Edge offers sleeping tabs, which automatically puts tabs to sleep after a set interval. This also releases the unnecessary resources being consumed by them and improves the efficiency of the browser.

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