The Internet Explorer replacement Microsoft Edge is one of the headline features of Windows 10.
With security at the heart of Microsoft's latest operating system, and the general concern about online safety, it makes sense to put the web browser under the microscope to see how it fares against the competition.
This is exactly what security analysts at Trend Labs have done. While the teams concedes that Microsoft Edge beats Firefox's security and roughly draws level with Chrome's, the new web browser also introduces new security problems and threat vectors.
Of particular concern for the security experts is the integration of PDF reader and Adobe Flash plugins. With the historic and on-going security concerns with Flash, Trend Labs suggests that Microsoft Edge could have a problem on its hands:
The windows.data.pdf.dll module is singled out as worrisome, but Trend Labs points out that Chrome and Firefox have both managed to remain relatively secure after integrating plugins. Microsoft Edge's ability to receive patches through Windows Update works in its favour, however.
In all, Edge was found to have reached 'security parity' with Chrome, while managing to outpace Firefox.