Your operating system is not Edge, it is Windows 10.
Edge is a browser, not an operating system. Windows 10 is an operating system (as are Windows 8.1, 8, 7, Vista, XP, 98, 95 and even 3.1. Various types of Linux are also operating systems, and there are many more). Browsers include Edge, Chrome, Firefox, Safari, and many others. Edge is built by Microsoft and Microsoft usually sets it as the default browser in Windows 10. However, as a user, you get to choose another default browser if you wish.
The 3 1/2' space is probably Cortana, or it may simply be a more generic search bar. Cortana is one of the ways to search. But in any case, that search bar will only work if you are connected to the internet. YOU MUST BE CONNECTED TO THE INTERNET FOR THAT SEARCH BAR TO WORK. If you are not connected with either a network cable from an external router or modem, or with wi-fi using a wireless network adapter (which your computer may or may not have), the result in that box for any search will be exactly what you received. My guess is that your computer was not connected to the internet.
Connect to the internet and try again.
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