What are the best Microsoft Edge extensions?
Extensions are something many Microsoft Edge users have been crying out for, in some cases their absence kept another browser in use. But Edge has a lot going for it, and finally, with extensions, there's nothing missing anyone could claim as a "showstopper."
In fact, what we're going to get now is a more powerful, more functional browser for everyone. The initial selection is small, but we've rounded up the best ones there are right now. As the selection grows, we'll keep this list updated to be sure to bookmark it for future reference.
Adblock or Adblock Plus
Let's be real: Web publishers (like ourselves) would rather people didn't block ads, but it happens. Edge can now do the same and out of the gates you've got a choice of Adblock or Adblock Plus. For the most part they do the same thing and they do what they say in their names. Since they're both very similar and even have similar names, despite being from different developers, take your pick and block all the things.
Office 365 subscribers and frequenters of Office Online will love this nifty little extension. It offers you access to your documents, even to create new ones with a couple of clicks. Open from your OneDrive account or from local storage and create, edit and save right there in the browser. Not particularly flashy but a must have for Office users.
Save to Pocket
One of the most popular read it later services on the web, Pocket is a good fit to be an early adopter and get an extension out for Edge. The premise and execution is simple. You sign in to the extension with your Pocket login details and pop the button on the toolbar. That way you're only a click away from adding an interesting bit of content to read later on any of your devices.
OneNote Web Clipper
Microsoft's own OneNote is an amazingly powerful tool used by many. It'd be foolish for Microsoft not to support its own products, so OneNote gets its own Edge extension for web clippings. Once added you can snip anything you find online to your notebook in OneNote with a click of a button. Simple, effective, supremely useful.
This one's a little unusual but a really neat idea that can transform your web browsing experience. Once installed you can perform a number of gestures on the screen to accomplish tasks. The image above shows drawing a reverse 'L' to open up a new tab. There are a bunch to learn, but once you've gone through that you've got an innovative, and speedy web experience.
Evernote Web Clipper
If you enjoy clipping items from the web to a notebook, but Evernote is more your bag than OneNote, you're in luck. There's a similar extension to Microsoft's own effort, but it hooks into your Evernote notebooks instead. Same idea, same simple execution, different service. Choice was never a bad thing.
There are other password services we'd expect to see extensions from in the future, but if you're a LastPass user you're already in luck. Instead of having to exit out of your browser to another app you can hit the extension and get the login information you need, all without ever leaving Edge. Ultimately convenient and another plus to using LastPass on Windows 10.