Mark Hachman, Senior Editor of PC World brings the chilling spectre of Internet Explorer’s past dominance of the browser market when he asks if Microsoft’s new Chromium-based Edge browser could become the dominant browser in the PC realm.

Well, really, it won’t be like it was back in the bad old days, but it’s still a very interesting question:

Recently, I realized I had broken a habit that had been in place for about a decade: When setting up a new PC, I didn’t use Microsoft’s Edge browser to download Google Chrome. I downloaded the new Edge instead.

I don’t expect many other people will download the new Edge manually. But over time, as the browser becomes a preinstalled feature on new and existing Windows 10 PCs (a process that began in January), if they give the new Edge a try, it’s possible they’ll never go back to Chrome.

I know that’s a bold statement, especially given Edge’s measly 5 percent market share. Still, after using it intensively, and as my earlier review of the new Edge suggested, there are two reasons why someone might purposely choose to use the new Edge instead: convenience, and compatibility.

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