Re: The interface is terrible
"You have to switch to private browsing mode after starting to avoid sharing everything you do with your browser with Microsoft."
Agreed - which is relatively easy to do if you care about such things. It would be nice if there was a single "I'm paranoid don't send anything to anyone" button option. It is possible to disable it altogether for normal browsing (although a bit of a PITA) - If you want to do that here you go:
* To stop Microsoft Edge general data forwarding, under Microsoft Edge Options, Select View advanced settings and Turn any of these off:
Use page prediction to speed up browsing, improve reading, and make my overall experience better
Show search and site suggestions as I type
Help protect me from malicious sites and downloads with Windows Defender SmartScreen
* To stop Microsoft Edge from collecting your browsing history:
Go to Start , then select Settings > Privacy > Feedback & diagnostics.
Under Diagnostic and usage data, select Basic.
*To stop Microsoft Edge from collecting your browsing history for Cortana personalization:
On your PC, select the search box on the taskbar to open Cortana home. On your mobile device, select the Search button.
Select Cortana’s menu > Notebook > Permissions.
Find Browsing history, and turn the switch to Off.