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  1. Microsoft Edge can now be downloaded from the Microsoft Store on Windows 11 Last month, Microsoft finally unveiled the much-anticipated Windows 11 update. The new update comes with an updated UI, performance, and productivity improvements. Microsoft has also released the minimum system requirements for Windows 11 which includes Secure Boot and TPM 2.0 among other things, but the latter can be bypassed for now. At the event, Microsoft noted that the new Microsoft Store will come with an updated UI and will serve as a home to all kinds of apps including PWAs, Win32, Electron and more. It looks like the company has started putting up first-party apps on the new store ahead of the official launch. Earlier today, Windows Insiders started seeing Microsoft Edge web browser on the new Microsoft Store. Insiders can click on install and download Edge just like any other Store app. Once downloaded, the installer will pop-up asking for admin permission to install the Edge web browser. Currently, it is not clear if Microsoft plans to deliver Edge updates via the Microsoft Store, but it will make sense and will streamline the update process of all the first-party Microsoft apps. Moreover, the new store is also hosting a bunch of Edge extensions including LastPass allowing users to download extensions directly from the Microsoft Store. Lastly, Microsoft is also testing a beta version of DevTools for Microsoft Edge. The current one available on the Microsoft Store is similar to the public version but we do expect Microsoft to add new features to the beta app in the future. Microsoft is expected to add more apps as well as the Amazon App Store in the coming months. According to the recent leaks, the Redmond giant is targeting October 2021 as the release date for Windows 11. --- For more information on Windows 11, you can check out our article on minimum system requirements as well as the list of CPUs that support Windows 11. Apart from the general requirements, Microsoft has also listed out specific feature requirements for Windows 11 including webcams, Bluetooth and Precision Touchpad on all upcoming laptops. Last month, Microsoft also updated the PC Health Check app to show why a device is not ineligible to receive the Windows 11 update. However, the company will allow some manufacturers to bypass the TPM 2.0 requirement and it is also allowing Windows Insiders with unsupported hardware to test Windows 11 Insider Builds. Several manufacturers have published a list of hardware that will be compatible with Windows 11. If you are still out of the loop, then you can check out hands-on video. If you want to get in-depth information about Windows 11 then you can check out our article covering all the new features and changes. Microsoft Edge can now be downloaded from the Microsoft Store on Windows 11
  2. This week's Edge Dev build lets users tweak icons for installed PWAs, brings more fixes Microsoft today released a new Edge build to users running the Dev channel version of the browser, bumping the version to 93.0.957.0. Edge version 93 is now reaching its final few builds as the company prepares to promote this version to the Beta channel early in August. Therefore, the changes on these few final builds will be minor, as is the case with today’s build. Additionally, the company has also posted a blog to detail the steps to be taken by enterprise users to opt into the Extended Stable channel, a version of the stable channel release geared towards business users that will adhere to an 8-week update cadence, which is a departure from the stable channel’s 4-week update schedule. The Extended Stable channel will be available starting with Edge 94, which is slated to be released in September. As for today’s build, the feature list is short, with the only notable change being the addition of the ability to change installed PWA icons. These are accompanied by a bunch of new management policies. Here is the complete changelog: Added the ability to change the icon for PWAs or websites installed as apps when they’re installed. Added management policies (administrative templates and documentation to come): Added a management policy to control if OneAuth Authentication is Enforced. Added a management policy to control Printing a Webpage Layout. Added a management policy to set an Autoplay Allowlist. Added a management policy to give or take away Feature Flag Overrides Control. Added a management policy on Mac to control if MAU is Enabled, which controls if updates occur through Microsoft AutoUpdate. As is always the case, there are a bunch of fixes that help with making the browser more reliable, especially for those that cause crashes. Here is the complete list of reliability improvements: Fixed an issue where the browser doesn’t open. Fixed an issue on Linux where the browser doesn’t open. Fixed a crash when typing into the address bar. Fixed a crash when closing a window. Fixed a crash when spellcheck is enabled. Fixed a crash on startup when certain extensions are installed. Fixed a crash when closing certain popups. Fixed a crash when playing certain videos. Fixed an issue where PWAs can’t be installed or repaired. Fixed a crash on Mac when syncing Collections. Fixed an issue where pressing F6 sometimes crashes the browser. Fixed a hang when closing the browser. Fixed an issue where the browser sometimes can’t be uninstalled and gives an error saying to close all windows and try again. These are followed by fixes that address changed behavior. These include fixes to Edge PWAs, PDF reader issues, and much more. Here are all the fixes: Fixed an issue where certain videos don’t have any sound. Fixed an issue where websites pinned to the Taskbar sometimes unexpectedly disappear. Fixed an issue on Linux where the Password Settings page is blank. Fixed an issue where certain AV1 or HEVC videos don’t play. Fixed an issue on Linux where tabs sometimes disappear visually from the tab band. Fixed an issue where the cookie exceptions list in the delete browsing data settings sometimes doesn’t remember changes. Fixed an issue where the PDF viewer sometimes reports being on a different page than it actually is. Fixed an issue where the button to set the Default browser in Settings doesn’t work. Fixed an issue where the management policy to import browsing data sometimes misses data. Fixed an issue where dragging an image into a Collection sometimes fails. Fixed an issue where the arrow keys sometimes can’t be used to move the cursor when editing a text note in a Collection. Fixed an issue where empty text notes sometimes crash the Collections pane. Fixed an issue where the Collections pane sometimes doesn’t fully load. Fixed an issue where profiles sometimes say Not Syncing when it’s not expected that there should be any message. Fixed an issue where the site information popup sometimes doesn’t open properly. Fixed an issue where the option to open a downloaded PDF in the system viewer doesn’t work. Fixed an issue where password health and leak alerts sometimes don’t appear in Settings. Fixed an issue where pages sometimes don’t get translated when it’s expected that they should be. Fixed an issue where context menu options on certain popups don’t work. Fixed an issue where deleting a profile sometimes unexpectedly opens a Kids Mode window. Fixed an issue where autofill popups sometimes don’t appear if the text in the textbox has a misspelling that triggers the spellcheck popup. Fixed an issue in WebView2 where files with certain names sometimes fail to download. Fixed an issue in WebView2 where microphones sometimes can’t be used because permission requests are never shown. Fixed an issue where PDFs that should have Information Protection applied to them don’t. Fixed an issue where browser windows sometimes open unexpectedly if extensions are installed. Lastly, there are the known issues that Dev channel users need to be aware of. Interestingly, some issues have been on the list for a while now, spanning multiple versions, such as the Microsoft Editor bug. There is no word on what is causing the issue or when a proper fix is expected to be made. With that said, here are all the known issues listed for this build: Certain extensions such as the Microsoft Editor extension don’t work on Linux. As soon as they’re installed, they crash and are disabled. We’re currently investigating. Users of certain ad blocking extensions may experience playback errors on Youtube. As a workaround, temporarily disabling the extension should allow playback to proceed. See this help article for more details. Some users are still running into an issue where all tabs and extensions immediately crash with a STATUS_INVALID_IMAGE_HASH error. The most common cause of this error is outdated security or antivirus software from vendors like Symantec, and in those cases, updating that software will fix it. Users of the Kaspersky Internet Suite who have the associated extension installed may sometimes see webpages like Gmail fail to load. This failure is due to the main Kaspersky software being out of date, and is thus fixed by making sure the latest version is installed. Some users are still seeing favorites get duplicated. This issue should be reduced now that automatic deduplication has been introduced into Insider channels, but we’re still rolling that out in Stable. We’ve also seen duplication happen when running the manual deduplicator on multiple machines before either machine has a chance to fully sync its changes, so make sure to leave plenty of time in between runs of the deduplicator. Some users are seeing “wobbling” behavior when scrolling using trackpad gestures or touchscreens, where scrolling in one dimension also causes the page to subtly scroll back and forth in the other. Note that this only affects certain websites and seems to be worse on certain devices. This is most likely related to our ongoing work to bring scrolling back to parity with Edge Legacy’s behavior, so if this behavior is undesirable, you can temporarily turn it off by disabling the edge://flags/#edge-experimental-scrolling flag. As usual, these updates are automatically installed in the background. However, since they are generally released in a staggered fashion, not all users will see the update show up right away, even when trying to force-check for it via the About Microsoft Edge page. For those running stable builds, version 92 is expected to be released to all users sometime this week. This will be followed by version 93 moving to the Beta channel. It is currently not known as to when the stable version of the browser based on the unified codebase will make it to mobile users. This week's Edge Dev build lets users tweak icons for installed PWAs, brings more fixes
  3. Latest Edge Dev build adds a flag to enable the Windows 11 design, brings more features After a bit of a hiatus, Microsoft is back to releasing Edge Dev builds this week. Today, build 93.0.946.1 is heading out to users, bringing a few new features, including the ability to upload payment card information to a Microsoft Account and sync it across devices. The new share menu with the ‘email to myself’ option that was added earlier this month also gets a mention in the release notes. Edge Canary UI on Windows 11 with visual refresh flag enabled Additionally, the firm is also adding to Edge Dev the flag to enable a refreshed UI for Windows 11. The flag that was spotted last week can be enabled on both Windows 10 and Windows 11. It enables rounded corners across the UI elements in the browser, though, the Mica element can only be viewed in Windows 11. For PWAs and websites that are installed as apps for the first time, there is a new dialog that prompts users to pin the app to the Start menu or taskbar. When using vertical tabs, the title bar is now hidden by default. In addition to these, the firm notes the completion of the rollout of features like Quiet Notifications, adding Web Capture to Collections, and more. There are a bunch of new policy additions from Chrome, as well. Here is the complete list of features that are added with this build: Added the ability to upload payment card info from a webpage to your Microsoft Account in order to sync it across devices. Note that this is currently only available in the United States. Added the ability to share websites directly to email or social media sites via the Share tool. Added a dialog after installing a PWA or website as an app that gives easy access to the capability to pin the app to the taskbar, Start menu, or desktop. Added a flag to enable visual changes for Windows 11. Enabled by default the setting to hide the title bar when Vertical Tabs are enabled. Finished feature rollouts: Quiet Notifications Device authentication before autofilling a password Adding Web Captures to Collections Added management policies (note that updates to documentation or administrative templates may not have occurred yet): MSA Web Site SSO Using This Profile is Allowed, which controls if MSA credentials on the device can be used for SSO, regardless of the browser profile’s sign-in state Show PDF Default Recommendations is Enabled Implicit Sign In is Enabled Configure View In File Explorer capabilities for Sharepoint Enabled management policies from Chromium: Relaunch the Window interval Remote Debugging is Allowed Default Javascript Jit Setting JavaScript Jit Allowed For Sites JavaScript Jit Blocked For Sites Enabled mainstream support for keyboard accessible tooltips in web content. Added support for Open XR Extended Features. As is always the case, the release also brings a bunch of fixes that improve the reliability of the browser. Here is the complete list: Fixed a crash when opening a new tab. Fixed a crash when switching tabs. Fixed a crash when interacting with tabs. Fixed a crash on Mac when closing a window. Fixed a crash when switching to a different profile. Fixed a crash on launch. Fixed a crash on launch on Mac. Fixed a crash when using Web Capture. Fixed a crash when using spellchecking to replace a misspelled word. Fixed a crash when closing certain popups. Fixed a crash when interacting with extensions. Fixed a crash on Mac when updating the browser. Fixed a crash on Windows 11. Fixed an issue where the browser sometimes crashes after re-opening a PWA or installed app. Fixed a crash when clicking the Efficiency Mode button. Fixed a crash on Mac when entering fullscreen from within a PWA or website installed as an app. The release also includes a ton of improvements that address changed behavior, including a bunch of Settings issues. Here is the complete list: Improved the number of sites that are shown as eligible for Immersive Reader. Added more sites to the Kids mode allow list. Fixed an issue where Netflix playback sometimes fails with error D7355. Fixed an issue where dropdown menus in webpages sometimes are missing items or don’t open. Fixed an issue on Mac and Linux where searching on the Settings page causes it to go blank. Fixed an issue where the Appearance Settings page is sometimes blank. Fixed an issue where the Site Permissions Settings page is blank. Fixed an issue where payment card nicknames don’t sync. Fixed an issue where clicking a link on a work account to change the account’s picture doesn’t load a page where the picture can be changed. Fixed an issue where certain Dev Tools panes like 3D View are blank. Fixed an issue where PWAs or websites installed as apps created from IE mode sites don’t launch. Fixed an issue where exporting a Collection to OneNote from an InPrivate window doesn’t work. Fixed an issue where downloading a currently-open Office file causes the tab to become blank. Fixed an issue where Favorites to non-webpages sometimes don’t open. Fixed an issue where Web Capture area selection stops unexpectedly. Fixed an issue where text notes in Collections sometimes aren’t saved properly. Fixed an issue where the button to send feedback doesn’t work. Fixed an issue where popups are sometimes rendered offscreen. Fixed an issue where generated passwords sometimes aren’t saved for later use with autofill. Fixed an issue where Favorites can be added via an IE mode tab even though this ability is disabled in regular tabs via a management policy. Fixed an issue where certain payment card details aren’t imported correctly from other browsers. Fixed an issue where favicons are sometimes blank or black squares. Fixed an issue on HoloLens where the on-screen keyboard doesn’t appear when it should. Fixed an issue where a banner to set the default browser sometimes appears even though the browser is already set as the default. Fixed an issue where certain fonts in Immersive Reader don’t work. Fixed an issue where favicons don’t appear in History for synced tabs. Fixed an issue where prices aren’t correct when adding items from shopping sites into a Collection. Fixed an issue where PWAs or websites installed as apps sometimes are slow to open. Fixed an issue on Mac where Shy UI sometimes doesn’t work or is partially obscured. Fixed an issue where the Efficiency Mode popup can’t be unpinned once it’s pinned. Fixed an issue where downloads are unexpectedly blocked by SmartScreen when they shouldn’t be. Fixed an issue where the management policy to control if Legacy Same Site Cookie Behavior is Enabled doesn’t work. Note that this policy will be removed in a future release. Changed the management policy to control if Autoplay is Allowed. The Autoplay setting is now set to Limit instead of Block if the policy is set to False in order to improve website compatibility. Obsoleted TLS versions 1.0 and 1.1 in the SSL Version Min management policy. Lastly, there is a list of known issues that users must be aware of, including some that have found their place on the list for months now. Here are all the issues that the firm has listed: Certain extensions such as the Microsoft Editor extension don’t work on Linux. As soon as they’re installed, they crash and are disabled. We’re currently investigating. Users of certain ad blocking extensions may experience playback errors on Youtube. As a workaround, temporarily disabling the extension should allow playback to proceed. See this help article for more details. Some users are still running into an issue where all tabs and extensions immediately crash with a STATUS_INVALID_IMAGE_HASH error. The most common cause of this error is outdated security or antivirus software from vendors like Symantec, and in those cases, updating that software will fix it. Users of the Kaspersky Internet Suite who have the associated extension installed may sometimes see webpages like Gmail fail to load. This failure is due to the main Kaspersky software being out of date, and is thus fixed by making sure the latest version is installed. Some users are still seeing favorites get duplicated. This issue should be reduced now that automatic deduplication has been introduced into Insider channels, but we’re still rolling that out in Stable. We’ve also seen duplication happen when running the manual deduplicator on multiple machines before either machine has a chance to fully sync its changes, so make sure to leave plenty of time in between runs of the deduplicator. Some users are seeing “wobbling” behavior when scrolling using trackpad gestures or touchscreens, where scrolling in one dimension also causes the page to subtly scroll back and forth in the other. Note that this only affects certain websites and seems to be worse on certain devices. This is most likely related to our ongoing work to bring scrolling back to parity with Edge Legacy’s behavior, so if this behavior is undesirable, you can temporarily turn it off by disabling the edge://flags/#edge-experimental-scrolling flag. As is always the case, the update will slowly make it out to devices, meaning not all systems will receive the update right away, even if users force check for it by heading into the About Microsoft Edge settings page. However, the release should automatically be downloaded in the background eventually. Latest Edge Dev build adds a flag to enable the Windows 11 design, brings more features
  4. Check out all the upcoming features coming to Microsoft Edge On its 'What's Next' section on the Edge Insider website, Microsoft has published today all the upcoming and currently rolling out features that the browser will receive. There are plenty of changes in store starting from changes in PDF handling to Tab Groups, as well as certain policy changes and much more. Since the feature roadmap has been updated just today, none of the changes are currently in the stable channel yet.With that said, here are all the upcoming features in Edge: Free form text boxes added to PDF documents Starting with version 94, we are support for adding free form text boxes to PDF documents that you can use to fill in forms and add visible notes. Free form highlighting on PDFs Starting in Microsoft Edge version 94, the PDF viewing and markup experience will be improved with the addition of freeform highlighters. This will allow you to highlight sections on PDFs that you may not have access to comment on as well as scanned documents. Launch PWA instead of browser with URL links Starting in Microsoft Edge version 97, you can opt into launching the browser in a PWA rather than the full native browser. Notification from web apps show as coming from the PWA Beginning with Microsoft Edge version 94, notifications from progressive web applications PWAs will no longer show as coming from Microsoft Edge, but rather will display the name of the web app instead Improved handoff between IE mode and the modern browser Starting with Microsoft Edge version 95, the transition between the modern browser experience and the IE mode experience will improve. Referrer headers, post data, forms data and request methods will now be forwarded properly across the two experiences. Video Picture in Picture (PiP) from hover toolbar Beginning in Edge version 93, it will become even easier to enter Picture in Picture (PiP) mode. When you hover over a supported video, a toolbar will appear that allows you to view that video in a PiP window. Default for autoplay will be set to Limited To help you maintain your focus online, we have changed the default for autoplaying media to Limit from Allow, beginning with Microsoft Edge version 92. Family Safety: Improved protection on sites such as youtube.com Families using Microsoft Family Safety will soon see improvements to Content filters. Parents will also have more peace of mind knowing filtering settings for Allowed sites and Blocked sites will be improved for sites such as youtube.com to prevent children from navigating to videos that aren’t allowed. Family Safety: Allow many EDU sites with a single click. Families using Microsoft Family Safety will soon see improvements to Content filters. When using “Only use allowed websites” mode, parents will see an option to add a list of educational sites to the allow list with one click. Tab Groups The ability to categorize tabs into user-defined groups helps you more effectively find, switch and manage tabs across multiple workstreams. To enable this, we are turning on tab grouping beginning with Microsoft Edge version 93. Hide the title bar while using Vertical Tabs Get the extra few pixels back by hiding the browser's title bar, while in Vertical Tabs. Starting with Microsoft Edge version 93, you can go to edge://settings/appearance and under the Customize Toolbar section select the option to hide the title bar while in Vertical Tab mode. Automatic translation for unknown languages. Starting in Microsoft Edge version 94, when you navigate to a page that displays in a language that is not one that you have set up as known, Microsoft Edge will automatically translate the content of the page to your primary language. We will then give you the option to return to the original page or disable further automatic translations. Price history in shopping experience Price History helps you decide whether now is the best time to purchase a product. You can now see price changes on products of your interest on Amazon.com and 9 other retailers, allowing you to have a quick, stress free shopping experience. Citation support added to Collections Starting with Microsoft Edge version 95, we have improved the Collections experience, especially for students and researchers. Collections will start supporting citations and reading lists. New policy to support more flexibility in Microsoft Edge startup Beginning with Microsoft Edge version 94, enterprise administrators will have more flexibility in the options they choose in their startup policy. This will include the ability to specify the start page, add/remove additional pages, and Continue where you left off", while ensuring that the set of pages specified by policy are also opened. Initial Preferences in Microsoft Edge Deploying Microsoft Edge to your enterprise will become easier starting in version 93, with the addition of Initial Preferences. These changes will be gradually rolling out in due course alongside features that were added previously to the roadmap. You can view the official Edge Insider feature roadmap here. Check out all the upcoming features coming to Microsoft Edge
  5. Edge Canary has a new Windows 11 “visual update” flag Microsoft has added a new flag to Edge Canary aimed at adapting the design of the browser UI either to Windows 10 or Windows 11, depending on what you are running. The “Enable Windows 11 Visual Updates” flag claims to enable “in-progress visuals appropriate for your currently installed version of Windows.” When enabled, the flag appears to deliver the same change on both Windows 10 and Windows 11, mainly a change to the font style and size. An example of the change, which is present in most browser menus, can be seen above. There does not appear to be any other changes, though of course, this may change over time. Source: Leo Varela Edge Canary has a new Windows 11 “visual update” flag
  6. Edge Beta 92 now available for Android Some weeks after releasing the Edge Canary and Edge Dev builds, Microsoft has now released an update to the Beta channel for their new Edge browser to the Google Play Store. The Edge Beta channel browser is now built on Chromium 92, and should be a more stable version of the browser than the Canary and Dev versions, being updated only every 4 weeks. Microsoft hopes to keep the mobile browsers in lockstep with the desktop counterpart and keep all their versions, including Windows, Mac, and Android in sync with a common code base. The current version of the browser is 92.0.902.12, and the new Edge Beta browser can be found in the Google Play Store here. Microsoft Edge Beta Developer: Microsoft Corporation Price: Free via Alumia Edge Beta 92 now available for Android
  7. Microsoft Edge Dev and Canary builds get a new Share menu with an 'Email to myself' feature Microsoft today announced that it is rolling out a new share menu for users running Canary and Dev builds of Microsoft Edge on the desktop, bringing a design that is akin to what is present on mobile apps. The new Share menu replaces the default. Windows and macOS share option, providing users with quick share targets in the way of app icons and a nifty way to add one’s email address to share webpages with themselves. The native share menu, however, can be accessed by clicking on the “share options” icon. Currently, the new menu supports a small list of apps that include Outlook, Gmail, LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter, and WhatsApp – which is more than the existing options in the stable version. The firm says that it will be adding support for more apps in the coming weeks. Tapping on any of the app options opens those services in a new tab with the requisite information. There is also the option to copy a link to the webpage, similar to the option present in the native flyout on Windows. The other interesting and useful option being added especially for those who like to email themselves webpage links is the ‘Email to myself’ feature. Users can save their own email addresses and quickly share links to those addresses right from the browser. Clicking on the saved IDs automatically populates an email with the webpage title in the subject line and the URL in the body. This feature might prove useful for those who do not enable tab or history syncing on their mobile devices or use a different browser on their phones. Since the feature is just beginning to roll out to Dev and Canary channel builds, not all users will receive it right away. The Redmond firm says that it will be adding a separate flag to Edge Canary in the next few days to force-enable the feature. Microsoft Edge Dev and Canary builds get a new Share menu with an 'Email to myself' feature
  8. This week's Edge Dev build enables Tab Groups by default, adds Collections integration It’s a new week, which means it’s time for a new Edge build for users in the Dev channel. Today, Edge Dev build 93.0.933.1 is rolling out to users, bringing with it a few new features and the usual set of bug fixes. In addition to this build for desktop users, the firm is officially announcing that all Insider versions of Edge are now available for Android users, with the latest entrant being the Beta version, which has been out for a few weeks. The release of Canary, Dev, and Beta channels for Android comes as part of the effort to unify the browser’s codebase across platforms. The company recently also opened up TestFlight sign-ups for iOS users. With the release of the latest Insider builds for Android, the browser version across devices will now be identical. However, there is no word on when the stable version based on the unified codebase will be released to all users. As for today’s build, the changes are minor as the teams head into the holiday weekend in the U.S. The most noteworthy change is that the Tag Groups feature is now being enabled by default, letting users select multiple tabs and group them without having to enable the feature via the hidden flags. Automatic tab grouping, however, still needs to be manually enabled. Additionally, users will be able to send entire groups to a Collection. Here is the complete list of fixes in today’s build: Enabled Tab Groups by default. Added the ability to add a Tab Group to a Collection and open the contents of a Collection in a Tab Group. Added a management policy to control which Internet Explorer Integration Cloud Site List to use. Note that updates to administrative templates and documentation may not have occurred yet. Enabled by default access to hand tracking data in Web XR scenarios. As usual, the release brings with it a bunch of fixes. Here’s are the fixes that improve the reliability of the browser: Fixed a crash when closing a tab. Fixed a crash when opening tabs. Fixed a crash when closing IE mode tabs. Fixed a crash on startup. Fixed a crash on Mac when using context menus in Collections. Fixed a crash when interacting with autofill popups. Fixed a crash when using the Find on Page bar. Fixed a crash when sending feedback. Fixed a crash when closing the Web Widget. Fixed a crash on Windows 7 when using PWAs. And here are the fixes that address changed behavior: Fixed an issue where the new tab page sometimes doesn’t load. Fixed an issue on Mac and Linux where Settings goes blank when searching for something. Fixed an issue where the Cookies and Site Data page in Settings is blank. Fixed an issue where passwords aren’t sorted properly in Settings. Fixed an issue where USB device permissions aren’t shown in the Site Information flyout. Fixed an issue where Collections don’t sync and are stuck in a “Syncing…” state. Fixed an issue where the Site Information dialog is too big. Fixed an issue where the Shopping flyout sometimes gets stuck and can’t be closed. Fixed an issue where the X to exit a fullscreen video sometimes doesn’t appear when it should. Fixed an issue where InPrivate is sometimes available when it shouldn’t be when using Family Safety. Fixed an issue where the button to exit Kids Mode doesn’t work. Fixed an issue where Price Comparison is triggered for trivial savings amounts. Fixed an issue where none of the UI is clickable in PWAs or websites installed as apps. Fixed an issue where the browser fails to close when clicking the Close button in the prompt to close all tabs when you close the browser if IE mode tabs are open. Fixed an issue where modal dialogs sometimes don’t display correctly when using IE mode tabs. Fixed an issue where devices running Windows 10 Pro for Workstations sometimes don’t get management policies applied correctly to them. Fixed an issue where improperly set management policies sometimes cause downloads to fail. There are a bunch of known issues that users running the Dev channel builds must be aware of. Here is the complete list: Certain extensions such as the Microsoft Editor extension don’t work on Linux. As soon as they’re installed, they crash and are disabled. We’re currently investigating. Users of certain ad blocking extensions may experience playback errors on Youtube. As a workaround, temporarily disabling the extension should allow playback to proceed. See this help article for more details. Some users are still running into an issue where all tabs and extensions immediately crash with a STATUS_INVALID_IMAGE_HASH error. The most common cause of this error is outdated security or antivirus software from vendors like Symantec, and in those cases, updating that software will fix it. Users of the Kaspersky Internet Suite who have the associated extension installed may sometimes see webpages like Gmail fail to load. This failure is due to the main Kaspersky software being out of date, and is thus fixed by making sure the latest version is installed. Some users are still seeing favorites get duplicated. This issue should be reduced now that automatic deduplication has been introduced into Insider channels, but we’re still rolling that out in Stable. We’ve also seen duplication happen when running the manual deduplicator on multiple machines before either machine has a chance to fully sync its changes, so make sure to leave plenty of time in between runs of the deduplicator. Some users are seeing “wobbling” behavior when scrolling using trackpad gestures or touchscreens, where scrolling in one dimension also causes the page to subtly scroll back and forth in the other. Note that this only affects certain websites and seems to be worse on certain devices. This is most likely related to our ongoing work to bring scrolling back to parity with Edge Legacy’s behavior, so if this behavior is undesirable, you can temporarily turn it off by disabling the edge://flags/#edge-experimental-scrolling flag. Lastly, the Redmond firm notes that there will not be a Dev channel build next week, likely due to the holidays. As is the case always, today’s build should be automatically downloaded and installed in the background. Alternatively, users can head into the About Microsoft Edge settings to force the browser to check for an update. This week's Edge Dev build enables Tab Groups by default, adds Collections integration
  9. Tab Groups now enabled by default in Edge Dev builds After years of development, Microsoft is finally preparing to bring Tab Groups to Edge users. The feature has been available behind flags on Edge for a while, but the company is finally enabling the feature by default in Edge Canary and Edge Dev, suggesting it should reach the stable builds in a few weeks. Tab Groups is likely the best browser UI innovation in the last few years, allowing you to group related sites together under a single labelled tab, which can then be collapsed to save space in your browser tab row. On Edge, the feature is supported for both vertical and horizontal tabs. Try it out now in the Dev and Canary builds by right-clicking on a tab and selecting Add to Group. via Techdows Tab Groups now enabled by default in Edge Dev builds
  10. The Microsoft Edge browser is getting a new Share sheet Microsoft is testing a new Share sheet in the latest Edge Canary builds. The new Share Sheet replaces the native Windows 10 share sheet, though this is still accessible via a link. The new sheet behaves like other Edge menu pop-ups and includes specific links to social networks, and also allows you to email links to yourself. When you want to invoke the native Windows 10 Share sheet, you can click on the Windows Share Options button. The new sheet does not appear to be available to everyone yet, but will presumable come to dev builds in a few weeks if it passes its tests. Source: Leo Varela The Microsoft Edge browser is getting a new Share sheet
  11. Latest Edge Dev build adds dark mode for form controls, new Kids Mode themes, and more Microsoft has released this week’s Edge Dev build, bumping the version to 93.0.926.0. The release comes a day later than the usual Tuesday timeline and brings with it a few new features, including the “much requested” dark mode support for HTML form controls. The firm detailed the feature in a separate blog post last week and said that that it worked with Google to improve support for automatic theme switching for forms. Developers can choose to restrict dark mode to certain form controls alone – such as just the dropdown box –, as well. The feature will also make it to Chrome on Android starting with version 91, and eventually to Edge on Android as well. There is also a new Efficiency Mode feature that is rolling out to users, which the firm is currently tight-lipped about. While the first-load screen after the update will mention the feature, the company says that it will provide more details “soon”. Other newly added features include a keyboard shortcut for switching between vertical and horizontal tabs, new Kids Mode themes, and more. Here is the complete list of features added with this build: Enabled by default the ability to import passwords from a CSV file. Enabled by default the ability to change the font in Immersive Reader. Enabled Kids Mode by default. Added more themes in Kids Mode. Added a keyboard shortcut for toggling between vertical and horizontal tabs layouts. Added a message on the update Settings page to warn when the browser can’t be restarted to install an update because another user on the device has it open. Added a confirmation the first time F12 is pressed that allows users to disable it as an entry point for the Dev Tools. Note that it can be re-enabled or disabled at any time in Settings. Enabled support for management policies from Chromium to control if Insecure Private Network Requests are Allowed, Chromium to control the list of what Insecure Private Network Requests are Allowed For which Urls, and to control if Triple DES is Enabled, which allows/disallows the use of 3DES cipher suites in TLS. As usual, the build comes with a bunch of bug fixes and reliability improvements. These include reliability improvements that fix random crashes and installation issues. Here’s the list of fixes that have been made to address reliability issues: Fixed a crash on launch. Fixed a crash on shutdown. Fixed an issue where certain webpages crash with a STATUS_BREAKPOINT error. Fixed a hang when opening new tabs or windows. Fixed a crash when sending feedback. Fixed a crash when navigating using certain protocols in IE mode tabs. Fixed an issue where one installation of the browser can sometimes cause another on the same machine to be unable to update. Fixed an issue where the Web Widget is sometimes blank or doesn’t load. There are also fixes to problems that cause unexpected behavior, such as visual glitches in PWAs, Web Capture tool anomalies. Here is the complete list of what’s improved: Increased the number of PDFs that can be open at once. Fixed an issue where middle-clicking on a folder inside a folder on the favorites bar doesn’t open all of the favorites in that sub-folder in new tabs. Fixed an issue where shortcuts to PWAs are sometimes broken after the browser is updated. Fixed an issue where a sign-in prompt repeatedly appears when opening certain PDFs, and then keeps reappearing, even after the PDF is closed. Fixed an issue where Guided Switch preferences sometimes can’t be edited or deleted. Fixed an issue where dragged vertical tabs don’t follow the mouse cursor properly. Fixed an issue where extensions that were hidden unexpectedly become visible. Fixed an issue where the --start-minimized command line flag doesn’t work. Fixed an issue where Office file downloads sometimes fail. Fixed an issue where Office documents can’t be opened in Kids mode. Fixed an issue where printing multiple pages per sheet sometimes rotates the page unexpectedly. Fixed an issue where the Web Capture toolbar sometimes stays onscreen unexpectedly. Fixed an issue where the browser profile picture sometimes isn’t shown in places it should be. Fixed a visual glitch with extensions in PWAs. Fixed an issue where app info for PWAs or websites installed as apps sometimes is incorrect or gone. Fixed an issue where prices aren’t visible on Collections items that come from shopping sites. Fixed an issue where multiple files can’t be downloaded from a single website while in IE mode. Deprecated the management policy to control if Legacy Same Site Cookie Behavior is Enabled. Obsoleted the management policy to control how the New Tab Page Set the Feed Type. Lastly, as with every release, the firm has detailed the known issues that users should be aware of. Some of these issues, such as the one with Microsoft Editor, have been present for a while. There are a couple of bugs that are caused by specific security software. Here are all the known issues in this build: Certain extensions such as the Microsoft Editor extension don’t work on Linux. As soon as they’re installed, they crash and are disabled. We’re currently investigating. Users of certain ad blocking extensions may experience playback errors on Youtube. As a workaround, temporarily disabling the extension should allow playback to proceed. See this help article for more details. Some users are still running into an issue where all tabs and extensions immediately crash with a STATUS_INVALID_IMAGE_HASH error. The most common cause of this error is outdated security or antivirus software from vendors like Symantec, and in those cases, updating that software will fix it. Users of the Kaspersky Internet Suite who have the associated extension installed may sometimes see webpages like Gmail fail to load. This failure is due to the main Kaspersky software being out of date, and is thus fixed by making sure the latest version is installed. Some users are still seeing favorites get duplicated. This issue should be reduced now that automatic deduplication has been introduced into Insider channels, but we’re still rolling that out in Stable. We’ve also seen duplication happen when running the manual deduplicator on multiple machines before either machine has a chance to fully sync its changes, so make sure to leave plenty of time in between runs of the deduplicator. Some users are seeing “wobbling” behavior when scrolling using trackpad gestures or touchscreens, where scrolling in one dimension also causes the page to subtly scroll back and forth in the other. Note that this only affects certain websites and seems to be worse on certain devices. This is most likely related to our ongoing work to bring scrolling back to parity with Edge Legacy’s behavior, so if this behavior is undesirable, you can temporarily turn it off by disabling the edge://flags/#edge-experimental-scrolling flag. Today’s update has just begun rolling out to users, so it could be a while till the release propagates to all systems. When it is available, it should be automatically downloaded and installed by the browser. Alternatively, you can force check for updates through the About Microsoft Edge settings page. Latest Edge Dev build adds dark mode for form controls, new Kids Mode themes, and more
  12. Microsoft Outlook extension is now available in preview for Edge Outlook is available on multiple platforms already including the web, iOS, and Android. But today, without much fanfare, Microsoft seems to have made its new Outlook extension for Edge available for the public, albeit with a "preview" tag. The name of the extension is "Microsoft Outlook" but the "preview" iconography can be seen its store listing. The extension, which can be downloaded from the Microsoft Edge Add-ons store here, essentially allows you to use Outlook directly in any tab of the browser without opening a new window. After you download it, an icon for Outlook will be visible on the address bar, and when you sign in, you'll be able to get a view of your emails, calendar, contacts, and tasks, among other things. The features mentioned in the store listing are as follows: Access work or personal accounts Read, send, and manage email and get new email notifications Create events, view upcoming ones, and join online meetings Create, track, and manage tasks Manage contacts It is important to note that the extension can only be downloaded on Microsoft Edge and is not compatible with other browsers like Google Chrome. The store listing indicates that the extension was last updated on June 14, 2021, so it's currently unclear whether it has just been made available to the public or if it's only been discovered now. Given the lack of an official announcement from Microsoft as well as the fact that it doesn't pop up in search results, any possibility is equally likely. Although some users have reported they have already started seeing ads for the extension in their Outlook clients. We'll let you know when Microsoft officially announces the extension but in the meantime, you can take it for a spin on Edge here. Microsoft Outlook extension is now available in preview for Edge
  13. Microsoft Edge update makes switching between devices seamless Quickly send open tabs to your other devices to pick up where you left off Microsoft is rolling out a new update for its Edge browser that will allow users to easily pick up where they left off when switching between devices. The software giant's tab sharing feature has undergone months of testing on desktop and mobile in Edge's Canary Channel and now it will soon be available to users that aren't Microsoft Edge Insiders. Microsoft Edge's new tab sharing tool allows users to send tabs to different devices with just a few clicks so that they don't need to email a URL to themselves or go through their history to find a particular webpage in order to pick up where they left off. The company's tab sharing tool is now rolling out to a small group of users on Windows 10 and macOS though it will likely become available to all Edge users soon. Sharing tabs in Edge To test out Edge's tab sharing tool, you'll first need to open a webpage in the browser, click on the address bar and then select the “Send this page” option. Doing so will allow you to send the current webpage you're viewing to all of your support devices that are currently signed into your Microsoft account. The shared tab will then appear on the receiving device with a notification from Microsoft Edge that includes both the name and URL of the webpage. Alternatively, you can also right-click on any link in your address bar and select the device you want to share it with. It's worth noting that you will need to have Microsoft Edge installed on your other devices and be signed into your Microsoft account to take advantage of this feature. Since the release of Chromium-based Edge last year, Microsoft has continued to add new features to its browser. While tab sharing is a welcome addition to Edge, both Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox have allowed users to send tabs to other devices since 2019. Via Windows Latest Microsoft Edge update makes switching between devices seamless
  14. Edge Canary now lets you show and hide vertical tabs with a keyboard shortcut Microsoft has recently introduced vertical tabs to Edge, allowing users to regain vertical screen space which can be used for content rather than chrome. Most of us are however still used to horizontal tabs, and acknowledging this, Microsoft has added a keyboard shortcut in the latest Edge Canary to switch quickly and easily between vertical and horizontal tabs. Now, simply pressing Control+Shift+Comma will let you easily switch between the modes. Pressing the key combo leads to the following transformation. The improvement is now available in Edge Canary Build 93.0.925.0. via Leo Varela Edge Canary now lets you show and hide vertical tabs with a keyboard shortcut
  15. Microsoft releases Edge Dev build 93.0.916.1 with a bunch of bug fixes It’s a new week, which means it’s time for a new Edge Dev build. Today, build 93.0.916.1 is heading out to Dev channel users, and there isn’t much in the way of features. This is the second release for version 93, which was released last week and brought with it improvements for macOS users such as support for biometric authentication when auto-filling content, and more. There were a few PWA improvements as well. This week, the Redmond firm is also linking to a few announcements related to the Add-ons Growth Campaign to allow users to win prizes for installing extensions. The main goal is to “create a surge in extension downloads”, the firm says. Additionally, the company is also detailing the visibility improvements it is making to DevTools. As for features, this week’s build adds to management policies from Chrome, along with the fixes to reliability and the like. Here is what’s new in today’s Dev channel release: Enabled support for a management policy from Chromium to control if CECPQ2 is Enabled. Enabled support for the management policy to control if Local Browser Data Share is Enabled, which lets surfaces in Windows search through the browser’s user data. Here are the improvements that the firm is making to improve the reliability of the browser: Fixed an issue on Mac where the browser sometimes doesn’t open. Fixed a crash on launch. Fixed an issue where clicking on the … menu sometimes crashes the browser. Fixed a crash when using the Collections popup menu. Fixed a crash when clicking the Vertical Tabs button. Fixed a crash when setting the default browser. Fixed a crash when clicking the … menu in PWAs. Fixed an issue where selecting the Define option from the mini context menu crashes the browser. And here is the list of changes that will address changed behavior: Fixed an issue where certain website permission Settings pages appear blank. Fixed an issue where searching for Settings brings up inaccurate results. Fixed an issue where the keyboard shortcut to enter Immersive Reader works on pages it isn’t supposed to. Fixed an issue where password generation puts the new password in more fields than necessary. Fixed an issue where the profile switcher is appearing on PWAs that aren’t eligible for profile switching. Fixed an issue where the … menu in PWAs sometimes doesn’t render properly. Fixed an issue where turning on vertical tabs when in full screen sometimes leads to tabs no longer being visible. Fixed an issue where UI is unexpectedly pink. Fixed an issue where pasting content into a Collection sometimes creates extra text notes. Fixed an issue where dragged vertical tabs don’t follow the mouse cursor properly. Lastly, there are the known issues that are detailed, with some of them having been present for a while. There is the complete list: Certain extensions such as the Microsoft Editor extension don’t work on Linux. As soon as they’re installed, they crash and are disabled. We’re currently investigating. Users of certain ad blocking extensions may experience playback errors on Youtube. As a workaround, temporarily disabling the extension should allow playback to proceed. See this help article for more details. Some users are still running into an issue where all tabs and extensions immediately crash with a STATUS_INVALID_IMAGE_HASH error. The most common cause of this error is outdated security or antivirus software from vendors like Symantec, and in those cases, updating that software will fix it. Users of the Kaspersky Internet Suite who have the associated extension installed may sometimes see webpages like Gmail fail to load. This failure is due to the main Kaspersky software being out of date, and is thus fixed by making sure the latest version is installed. Some users are still seeing favorites get duplicated. This issue should be reduced now that automatic deduplication has been introduced into Insider channels, but we’re still rolling that out in Stable. We’ve also seen duplication happen when running the manual deduplicator on multiple machines before either machine has a chance to fully sync its changes, so make sure to leave plenty of time in between runs of the deduplicator. Some users are seeing “wobbling” behavior when scrolling using trackpad gestures or touchscreens, where scrolling in one dimension also causes the page to subtly scroll back and forth in the other. Note that this only affects certain websites and seems to be worse on certain devices. This is most likely related to our ongoing work to bring scrolling back to parity with Edge Legacy’s behavior, so if this behavior is undesirable, you can temporarily turn it off by disabling the edge://flags/#edge-experimental-scrolling flag. As usual, the update should automatically be pulled by the browser in the background. However, you can always head into the About Microsoft Edge settings to manually check for updates and initiate the download. Microsoft releases Edge Dev build 93.0.916.1 with a bunch of bug fixes
  16. Microsoft Edge is getting an even more private browsing mode CET support is coming to version 94 of Edge Microsoft is making private browsing mode even safer in Edge by adding Intel's Control-Flow Enforcement Technology (CET) to its browser. This security feature, which is supported on Intel 11th Gen or AMD Zen 3 CPUs, is already enabled in Windows 10 as the software giant had adopted CET through an implementation known as Hardware-enforced Stack Protection in its operating system. Google recently added Hardware-enforced Stack Protection to Chrome as well though Microsoft Edge was the first Chromium-based browser to adopt CET with the release of the Canary build of version 90 of its browser. Soon even more Edge users will be able to take advantage of CET support for safer browsing when this feature rolls out later this year. Control-Flow Enforcement Technology In a new post on the Microsoft 365 Roadmap, the software giant revealed that CET support for Edge is currently in development and will arrive with the release of version 94 of Edge in September. To take advantage of this feature, your system will need to have either an Intel 11th Gen or AMD Zen 3 CPU. However, you can also disable CET by changing Image File Execution Options (IFEO) using group policy. As the browser is becoming one of the most used tools by employees working from home as well as by those whose organizations are implementing hybrid working, Microsoft's decision to add CET support to Edge will help keep workers safe from new exploits and attacks designed to be delivered remotely. Microsoft Edge is getting an even more private browsing mode
  17. Microsoft Edge gets a silly update that procrastinators and time-wasters will love Microsoft Edge browser game receives host of upgrades (Image credit: Microsoft) It’s a little-known fact that Microsoft Edge has an in-built tool designed specifically for the hardcore procrastinators and time-wasters among us, called Surf. The browser game, which challenges players to surf as great a distance as possible without colliding with obstacles or falling prey to a sea monster, has received a host of upgrades with the latest early-access Edge build. According to William Devereux, Senior Program Manager for Edge, Surf now boasts a new set of obstacles, a streamlined character selection menu, a way to share scores with friends, as well as a number of bug fixes that improve performance. The TechRadar Pro team isn't very good at Surf (Image credit: Microsoft) Microsoft Edge game Although the latest iteration is currently available to members of the early-access program only, via the Canary channel, Surf can be played by all Edge users simply by typing “edge://surf” into the URL bar. Inspired by the 1991 classic SkiFree, the Edge surfing game continues an honorable tradition started by Google with Dino Run, an on-the-rails side-scrolling platformer playable whenever Chrome loses connection to the internet. In a blatant act of one-upmanship, Microsoft has taken the concept of a hidden browser game to a whole new level with Surf, which features multiple playable characters, charming pixel art visuals and a power-up system. The game also has three distinct game modes - Endless, Time Trial and Zig Zag - and can be controlled via keyboard, mouse, touch and, incredibly, Xbox or PlayStation controller. “Surf as far as possible in an endless ocean, compete for the shortest time, or zig zag through as many gates as you can in a row,” reads the official blurb. “Who knows? There might even be a few secrets just waiting to be found.” The latest Surf update will no doubt leave users asking one question: is this the arena in which the browser wars will finally be decided? Microsoft Edge gets a silly update that procrastinators and time-wasters will love
  18. Microsoft updates Edge Immersive Reader with new fonts, more Microsoft released a new Edge Dev build yesterday, but they left out one of the new features from the official changelog. Microsoft has delivered some improvements to the Edge Immersive Reader feature, which strips a page of distracting elements such as unnecessary graphics and ads and improves the reading experience. Microsoft has added additional fonts to the feature, and users can now select between Calibri, Sitka, and Comic Sans which should further improve the experience for those using it for accessibility purposes. Microsoft has also added a new flag to Edge called Auto Immersive Reader, which would automatically load a page in Immersive Reader mode for eligible pages. Currently, there does not appear to be a way to control which pages are affected, but Microsoft is still presumably developing this feature. The improvements are currently available in Edge Canary and Edge Dev and should come to the mainstream version of Edge in a number of weeks. via Leo Varela, Techdows. Microsoft updates Edge Immersive Reader with new fonts, more
  19. Microsoft Edge 93 out for Dev channel users, brings macOS-specific additions and more As promised last week, Microsoft is releasing the first Edge 93 build to users in the Dev channel, bumping up the build to 93.0.910.5. This comes a day after version 92 was promoted to the Beta channel. Since this is the first version 93 build for this channel, the changes are minor, the firm says. In addition to the features, the company is also highlighting its recent announcements, such as support for automatic HTTPS, new font rendering improvement experiments that debuted in Edge 92 – hidden under a flag, and more. As for today’s release, there are a few enhancements for the browser on the Mac, which include a new button to enter Picture in Picture mode on certain videos and support for biometric authentication for viewing or auto-filling passwords, both of which are useful additions. Other enhancements include improved latency when inking on the browser and the addition of a share option in the ellipsis menu on Progressive Web Apps (PWAs) that are installed as apps. As is the case every week, there are also a bunch of fixes and improvements accompanying the new features. These are split into reliability improvements and fixes to address changed behavior. Here are the three fixes made in this release to improve the reliability of the browser: Fixed a crash when navigating to a website. Fixed a crash when using the profile switcher in PWAs. Fixed a crash when using Google Meet. The list of fixes to address changed behavior is longer and includes the following: Fixed an issue where certain Settings pages are blank. Fixed an issue where the Immersive Reader toolbar is sometimes blank. Fixed an issue where icons on the toolbar that have text bubbles on them, for example extension buttons, are clipped or only partially visible. Fixed an issue where pinning a website to the Taskbar sometimes fails. Fixed an issue where toast notifications from websites sometimes don’t appear. Fixed an issue where the Save/Save As buttons in the Downloads popup aren’t shown properly in certain languages. Fixed an issue on Mac where opening a new tab sometimes doesn’t scroll the vertical tabs pane to make the newly-opened tab visible. Fixed an issue where irrelevant data is saved by autofill. Fixed an issue where user-installed fonts sometimes aren’t displayed correctly. Fixed an issue where Guided Switch settings for specific websites sometimes aren’t respected. Disabled the ability to customize the site list for Guided Switch on devices that have Information Protection enforced since the functionality is broken in this scenario. Lastly, there is the list of known issues that users should be aware of when using the offering. A few of these listed in the post have been on the list for a while, so users must already be familiar of them. Here is the complete list of known issues: Certain extensions such as the Microsoft Editor extension don’t work on Linux. As soon as they’re installed, they crash and are disabled. We’re currently investigating. Users of certain ad blocking extensions may experience playback errors on Youtube. As a workaround, temporarily disabling the extension should allow playback to proceed. See this help article for more details. Some users are still running into an issue where all tabs and extensions immediately crash with a STATUS_INVALID_IMAGE_HASH error. The most common cause of this error is outdated security or antivirus software from vendors like Symantec, and in those cases, updating that software will fix it. Users of the Kaspersky Internet Suite who have the associated extension installed may sometimes see webpages like Gmail fail to load. This failure is due to the main Kaspersky software being out of date, and is thus fixed by making sure the latest version is installed. Some users are still seeing favorites get duplicated. This issue should be reduced now that automatic deduplication has been introduced into Insider channels, but we’re still rolling that out in Stable. We’ve also seen duplication happen when running the manual deduplicator on multiple machines before either machine has a chance to fully sync its changes, so make sure to leave plenty of time in between runs of the deduplicator. Some users are seeing “wobbling” behavior when scrolling using trackpad gestures or touchscreens, where scrolling in one dimension also causes the page to subtly scroll back and forth in the other. Note that this only affects certain websites and seems to be worse on certain devices. This is most likely related to our ongoing work to bring scrolling back to parity with Edge Legacy’s behavior, so if this behavior is undesirable, you can temporarily turn it off by disabling the edge://flags/#edge-experimental-scrolling flag. Today's Dev channel update should automatically be downloaded and installed in the background. However, users can also head into the About Microsoft Edge setting to force the browser to check for an update and pull the update from the servers if it is being made available for that device. Microsoft Edge 93 out for Dev channel users, brings macOS-specific additions and more
  20. Edge is getting its own ad tracking opt-in prompt on Windows 10 In April and May iPhone users had to deal with a wave of apps asking permission to track them on the platform, after Apple made changes to their policies forbidding apps from tracking users without their consent. It seems Edge users will soon have to deal with the same, as Microsoft begs users to allow them to use your browser data to show you targetted ads on Windows. Techdows reports that in the latest Edge Dev builds Microsoft is now showing a pop-up asking consent to personalize Edge and Microsoft services ch as Search, shopping, News, and Ads. The prompt is controlled by a new setting called “Share browsing data with other Windows features”. The setting description notes: Share browsing data with other Windows features When turned on, Microsoft Edge will connect local browsing data from this profile with the rest of Windows. Turning this feature on will help you find information from your history, favorites, top sites and recent tabs more easily using features such as the search box on the taskbar in Windows. If you turn off this feature Microsoft Edge will remove the data shared with Windows on the device and stop sharing any new browsing data from this profile. The setting would in effect bypass the end of cookies by directly transmitting your Edge browsing data to Microsoft’s ad services, a level of tracking I don’t think most readers would be happy with. The feature is expected to roll out to mainstream users by the end of July this year. Would our readers consent to all their browsing data being shared with Microsoft and used for ads and other personalization? Let us know below. Edge is getting its own ad tracking opt-in prompt on Windows 10
  21. Microsoft Edge 92 rolls out to the Beta channel with vertical tabs improvements and more Microsoft has begun rolling out Edge version 92 to users in the Beta channel, sticking to the timeline mentioned in the release schedule. As is the case generally, there is no official changelog yet as the firm usually posts it later in the day. However, the version has been in testing in the Canary and Dev channels for a while now, so there is a fair bit of information on what is new. When the changelog does get posted, it can be found here. With version 92 being promoted to the Beta channel, both Dev and Beta channels users are now running the same major version. However, that is expected to change soon as the company is slated to release the first Edge 93 build to Dev channel testers this week. The firm does note on the first-load welcome page for the Beta update that there isn’t much to talk about with this latest release. However, the Redmond giant is detailing the various announcements from the past few weeks, including those made during its Build conference. As for what’s new in version 92, there are improvements to vertical tabs, with the browser now letting users turn the feature off across all open windows. Users can also choose to hide the title bar when vertical tabs are enabled. Edge 92 also introduces automatic HTTPS that switches connections to the secure protocol on sites that support it. The firm is also bringing new font rendering improvements to improve rendering at higher contrast levels. The feature is currently hidden behind a flag. Other minor improvements include enhancements to pinning History and Downloads menus, Immersive Reader additions, and improvements to PWA menus that are installed as apps on the desktop. Those interested in reading through the changelogs for the complete list of Dev channel releases for version 92 can navigate to the individual posts below: Edge Dev 92.0.873.1 Edge Dev 92.0.878.0 Edge Dev 92.0.884.2 Edge Dev 92.0.891.1 Edge Dev 92.0.902.2 Considering that the update has just begun rolling out, it might be a while before it shows up for all Beta channel users. You can also force check for an update by heading into Settings > Help and feedback > About Microsoft Edge. As usual, the release will eventually make it to all users and install in the background. Microsoft Edge 92 rolls out to the Beta channel with vertical tabs improvements and more
  22. Microsoft is testing Edge auto-fill for custom fields The auto-completion of passwords and payment details has to a large degree enabled the e-commerce revolution, and today we can report that Microsoft is looking to expand that capability to more areas. In the latest Edge Canary builds, Microsoft is offering users to save and edit details for custom fields such as passport or account numbers, so you would only ever have to enter them once. Users would be able to specify if the number is sensitive (e.g. payment details) in which case Edge would as you to authenticate first before filling in the details. The feature is currently being tested in insider versions via a controlled roll-out. via Leo Varela Microsoft is testing Edge auto-fill for custom fields
  23. EdgeDeflector 1.2.1.0 release fixes weather not opening in the News and Interest widget You may have heard about EdgeDeflector from an article we did in which we feature it as a way to change the behavior of the new News and Interests widget that ignores your default browser when links are opened from it. This little tool changes how Windows 10 stubbornly defaults to the Edge browser to open links from Help dialogs, Cortana and News and Interests, and instead forces it to respect what you chose in the Default apps > Web browser settings of Windows. The developer of EdgeDeflector has released a new version bringing it up to version 1.2.1.0 just over a month after releasing 1.2.0.0 which was a major release. In this version there's just one important change in the release notes: Resolved an issue where weather links on the task bar would not open. (New in Windows 10 21H1.) As a reminder, below is the release notes from the more major 1.2.0.0 version, which was released after a three and a half years hiatus, to address changes in the way Windows 10 blocks automation of setting some features during installation; much in the same way that it is no longer possible for software installations to set App defaults, this must now be done manually. Here are those release notes: New post-installation greeting page helps user through manual installation steps. (Changes in Windows 10 prevents automation during installation.) Now installs per-user. (No longer requires administrative permissions to install.) Resolved issues that caused anti-virus programs to consider the installer and program suspicious. Resolved potential localization issue. The developer warns that any old versions prior to 1.2.0.0 must be uninstalled before installing the newer versions. If you're upgrading from 1.2.0.0 to 1.2.1.0 you will not need to uninstall it first. To use, follow the steps below: Download and install EdgeDeflector v1.2.1.0 from the Releases page on GitHub, Go to All settings > Apps > Default apps, Scroll to the bottom and click Choose default apps by protocol, Locate MICROSOFT-EDGE in the list and click on the program icon to the right of it, Select EdgeDeflector from the list. Confirm the change if asked to. The above process is also detailed here, which also lets you reverse the above steps, if needed. If you want to learn more about how EdgeDeflector works and why it was created, you can visit the developer's blog post on it, here. Source: EdgeDeflector on GitHub EdgeDeflector 1.2.1.0 release fixes weather not opening in the News and Interest widget
  24. Microsoft announces improved font rendering in Microsoft Edge on Windows Microsoft today announced improved font rendering in Microsoft Edge on Windows. The Edge team has improved the contrast enhancement and gamma correction to match the quality and clarity of other native Windows applications which utilize DirectWrite. Also, Edge’s font rendering will now respect user ClearType Tuner settings when applying text contrast enhancement and gamma correction. Here’s how you can enable this improved font rendering: Enable edge://flags#edge-enhance-text-contrast flag This improved font rendering is now available in the latest Canary builds of Microsoft Edge on Windows. Microsoft has plans to enable this feature by default in the Edge 92 stable channel. Source: Microsoft Microsoft announces improved font rendering in Microsoft Edge on Windows
  25. The final Edge 92 build for the Dev channel is now out with a few new features After a bit of a hiatus, Microsoft has returned to a Tuesday schedule for Edge Dev builds as it today released version 92.0.902.2. The firm adds that this will be the last major build for version 92 as it prepares to promote the version to the Beta channel. However, there could be a few minor updates between now and when the first version 93 build makes it to the Dev channel. As for this week’s update, the firm is detailing the ability for users to add a Web Capture image to Collections directly from the feature’s markup page, making it easy to quickly capture sections of or entire web pages and save it to a Collection, which is a nifty feature for students that are working on projects. The ability was first announced earlier last month. Other new features include the completion of the rollout of the new Extensions menu, the Price History feature, improved options in PWAs that are installed as apps, and more. The company also recapped the announcements from last week’s Build conference, including the rollout of Edge 91 to all users. Here is the entire list of features added with this week’s build: Added a feature flag to enter Immersive Reader automatically when navigating to an eligible page. Improved the … menu in PWAs and websites installed as apps to only show relevant options. Finished rolling out the new Extensions menu, Smart History Search, and Price History. Enabled by default the ability to pin the Favorites, History, etc. menus and have that state remembered, as well as the Collections popup menu. Added management policies to control if the setting for AAD Website SSO Using This Profile is Enabled, the Automatic HTTPS Default setting, if Internet Explorer Integration to Reload In IE Mode is Allowed, the Internet Explorer Integration Local Site List Expiration in Days, and if Local Browser Data Share is Enabled, which controls how Edge shares local user data with the Windows Search Indexer. Note that updates to documentation and administrative templates may not have happened yet. As usual, the build also brings with it a number of fixes to improve the reliability of the browser. These include fixes for browser crashes when closing a tab or navigating between websites. Here are all the reliability improvements: Fixed an issue where new tabs crash as soon as they’re opened. Fixed an issue where navigating to certain websites sometimes crashes the browser. Fixed an issue where typing into a password field sometimes crashes the browser. Fixed a crash when closing a tab. Fixed an issue on Mac where closing a tab sometimes crashes the browser. Fixed a crash when opening InPrivate windows. Fixed a crash when installing a PWA or website as an app. Fixed a crash using Smart Copy or Web Capture. Fixed an issue where opening items in a Collection sometimes crashes the browser. Fixed an issue where searching for a setting sometimes crashes the Settings page. Fixed an issue on Mac where searching for settings causes the Settings page to go blank. Fixed an issue where the Settings page to view all permissions for a particular website is blank. Fixed a hang when opening the browser. Fixed an issue where AV1 videos sometimes don’t work. And here are the fixes being made to address changed behavior: Fixed an issue where certain videos, like on Amazon, fail to play with the error “video unavailable”. Fixed an issue where recent tabs aren’t restored via ctrl+shift+T if a PWA or a website installed as an app has recently been closed. Re-enabled PWAs and websites installed as apps to be restored with the browser’s previous session. Fixed an issue where the dialog to restore tabs after the browser unexpectedly shuts down sometimes appears unexpectedly if certain extensions are installed. Fixed an issue where the Default Cookie Setting management policy unexpectedly disables the setting to Block Third-Party Cookies. Fixed an issue on Linux where sync doesn’t work. Fixed an issue with syncing favorites. Fixed an issue where printing multiple times sometimes fails. Fixed an issue where the History popup sometimes scrolls or goes blank unexpectedly. Fixed an issue where new windows couldn’t be opened from the Jumplist. Fixed an issue where tooltips sometimes get stuck onscreen. Fixed an issue where the list of trackers in the site info popup is blank. Fixed an issue where corrupted extensions can’t be repaired. Fixed an issue where favorites imported from another browser sometimes aren’t arranged correctly. Fixed an issue where importing certain types of data from other browsers fails. Fixed an issue where the “Switch to this tab” button in the address bar dropdown sometimes goes to the wrong tab. Fixed an issue where Web Capture or Smart Copy don’t automatically scroll when selecting content. Fixed an issue on Mac where keyboard shortcuts sometimes have missing or incorrect symbols. Fixed an issue where certain UI like the new tab button is unexpectedly colored red. Deprecated the management policy to control if Internet Explorer Integration Testing is Allowed. Obsoleted the management policy to Enable Sha 1 For Local Anchors. Disabled Kids Mode on Linux. Lastly, there is the list of known issues that users must be aware of, including issues with the Microsoft Editor extension on Linux, which the firm says it is investigating. Here is the complete list of known issues with this build: Certain extensions such as the Microsoft Editor extension don’t work on Linux. As soon as they’re installed, they crash and are disabled. We’re currently investigating. Users of certain ad blocking extensions may experience playback errors on Youtube. As a workaround, temporarily disabling the extension should allow playback to proceed. See this help article for more details. Some users are still running into an issue where all tabs and extensions immediately crash with a STATUS_INVALID_IMAGE_HASH error. The most common cause of this error is outdated security or antivirus software from vendors like Symantec, and in those cases, updating that software will fix it. Users of the Kaspersky Internet Suite who have the associated extension installed may sometimes see webpages like Gmail fail to load. This failure is due to the main Kaspersky software being out of date, and is thus fixed by making sure the latest version is installed. Some users are still seeing favorites get duplicated. This issue should be reduced now that automatic deduplication has been introduced into Insider channels, but we’re still rolling that out in Stable. We’ve also seen duplication happen when running the manual deduplicator on multiple machines before either machine has a chance to fully sync its changes, so make sure to leave plenty of time in between runs of the deduplicator. Some users are seeing “wobbling” behavior when scrolling using trackpad gestures or touchscreens, where scrolling in one dimension also causes the page to subtly scroll back and forth in the other. Note that this only affects certain websites and seems to be worse on certain devices. This is most likely related to our ongoing work to bring scrolling back to parity with Edge Legacy’s behavior, so if this behavior is undesirable, you can temporarily turn it off by disabling the edge://flags/#edge-experimental-scrolling flag. As always, the update should automatically be downloaded and installed in the background. However, users can choose to head into the About Microsoft Edge setting to force check for an update and download it. As mentioned earlier, this might be one of the last major version 92 builds, which will then be promoted to the Beta channel sometime next week. The final Edge 92 build for the Dev channel is now out with a few new features
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