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  1. How to Enable the Microsoft Edge Translate Feature Microsoft’s new Chromium-based Edge browser evolves, and every single update for the Canary version introduces new functionality that should be part of the stable release as well. The Canary build of Microsoft Edge is updated daily, while the Dev version, which is also up for grabs right now, receives further refinements every week. At this point, the Dev build is supposed to be the more stable of the two. The latest update for Microsoft Edge Canary brings the browser to version 76.0.144.0, and it includes one highly-anticipated feature: a built-in translation engine. While the translation feature was previously offered to Windows 10 users as part of the original version of Microsoft Edge, it was removed when the company started working on the Chromium-based successor. Much like Google Chrome, Microsoft Edge was supposed to come with such functionality out of the box, but while the feature was still in the works, the only option for testers was to install extensions offering translation on request. The built-in Microsoft Edge translation tool works pretty much the same as the one in Google Chrome. In other words, all you have to do is to load a website in a different language than the one set as default in the browser and then click yes when being asked to translate the page. However, the first thing you need to do is enable the translation engine the browser. While it’s available in the Canary version of Edge, it needs to be manually activated using the flags screen. To do this, you must first update the browser to version 76.0.144.0. To check the version of Microsoft Edge Canary, head over to menu > Settings > About Microsoft Edge. Next, in the address bar of the browser, type the following command to access the flags screen: edge://flags In the search box, type the name of the following flag: Microsoft Edge Translate A simpler and faster method comes down to copying and pasting the following code in the address bar of Microsoft Edge (and ignoring the steps above): chrome://flags/#edge-translate Right now, this flag is shipped as Default, which means it’s disabled, so click the drop-down menu to reveal additional options and switch to Enabled. You’ll have to restart the browser to enable it. Whenever you load a website in a language that’s not set as default in Microsoft Edge, you’ll see a prompt like the one here: The message reads: “Translate page from [language]? Translate to [select language]” Users also get an option to automatically translate pages from [language] and thus avoid being prompted to perform the translation when loading websites in this language. Microsoft hasn’t shared any ETA regarding the release date of the translation feature for more users, but in the meantime, Edge itself is a work in progress. Since it’s still part of the Canary build, it could take a few more weeks until the translation engine makes it to the Dev channel. At this point, these are the only two versions of Microsoft Edge that users can install, and the browser is exclusive to Windows 10. Microsoft says a preview version of the new Edge would also land on older Windows in the coming months. An early version of the browser for macOS is also just around the corner, it seems. As for the stable version of Edge for all platforms, no ETA is known at this point, but Microsoft will most likely share further news at the Build developer conference next month. Most likely, the final build of the browser would get the green light for Windows 10 later this year. Source
  2. Rebuilding the Edge browser: Google's old code, Microsoft's new mission The browser wars may not be as important as they once were, but Microsoft's adoption of Chromium could help it return from the Edge of irrelevance. Microsoft has begun to show the first fruits of its efforts to rebuild its Edge browser on a Chromuim base (or at least what's left of it). The result is open for business. The company's tossing in the towel on its own web rendering engine can be seen as a blow to its pride; it is, after all, an endgame for its one-time ambition to dominate web development standards. But the decision also says a lot about how the web and Microsoft have evolved. Ultimately, Microsoft's move to support Chromium is less of a defeat than a default. While the web has become a strategic app platform, the pendulum -- at least for accessing consumer services -- has swung to native mobile apps. Many of these have become the kind of lowest common denominator gateways that web applications are on the desktop. Google, for example, offers millions of apps in its Android app store, but the company tends not to tout Android's advantages for developers. Even though Google now produces its own Android phones, the company -- in contrast to Apple -- tends to downplay third-party app optimizations versus its latest AI wizardry. There is also movement toward extending mobile apps back toward more desktop-like platforms through various means. Google's Pixel Slate, for example, dispenses with Android in favor of its browser-centric ChromeOS. That operating system can now run a high percentage of apps in the Google Play store. Samsung and Huawei provide an embedded desktop mode that springs to life when their phones are connected to the right peripherals, a feature coming to Android broadly. And Apple, while vowing to keep macOS and iOS separate, is gearing up to allow both it and third parties bring many iOS apps to macOS via its Marzipaninitiative. Microsoft, of course, also has a play in cross-platform development with its Xamarin tools. In a world where Microsoft cares less about the role of Windows and has begun taking bolder steps to integrate mobile phones that drove its own from the market, the browser may not be the universal de facto platform that it once promised to be. Nonetheless, switching to Chromium will also enable Microsoft to create versions of Edge for older versions of Windows and the Mac. While these are small or shrinking platforms compared to iOS and Android, supporting them is more consistent with the focus of today's Microsoft, which fights more of its battles in the cloud. They are also important clients in the enterprise, where Microsoft is committed to serving the customers who drive its revenue. Besides, as Chrome on iOS has shown, a browser can maintain significant market presence even when it must do without its native rendering engine. Like Google, Microsoft is interested in seeing Edge go cross-platform in order to strengthen ties to its own browser regardless of nuances in page display. Its signature effort to date in extending workflow beyond Windows is the perfunctorily named "Continue on PC" feature that lets you pick up from an Office document or web page on your phone or PC on the other platform. Continuing with the utilitarian naming is "Your Phone Companion," an app for iOS or Android that lets you access text messages and photos from a mobile phone to a Windows PC. PC vendors such as HP and Dell have also developed options to facilitate sharing between Windows and modern smartphones. Some concerned about competition or vulnerability from a web rendering monopoly have expressed concern about Microsoft casting its lot with the Google code base along with Opera, another survivor of the early browser wars. However, Microsoft's timing to improve the compatibility of its mobile browser could hardly come at a better time. With Google's recent decision to comply with European antitrust mandates and expose Android buyers to browser alternatives, Edge is primed to be one of those choices. And beyond Google's domain, Apple now has a large enough installed base of Safari to shift the burden of compatibility on to the website creator. Source
  3. Microsoft Edge Will Use a Clever Trick to Offer Netflix in 4K Microsoft’s new Chromium-based Edge browser could come with a new feature that would make it possible to switch user agents automatically in order to deliver higher quality content to users. Because it’s based on Chromium, the updated Microsoft Edge would technically identify as Chromium most of the time, which makes it compatible with the majority of websites out there. This is because Chromium is the engine that powers Chrome, and since Google’s app is currently the number one browser on both desktop and mobile, the whole web is already optimized for it. In other words, using Chromium would make Microsoft Edge compatible with these browsers too. But at the same time, the original version of Microsoft Edge also comes with a series of exclusive gimmicks, including support for Netflix in 4K, for instance. Stable Edge coming later this year Microsoft doesn’t want to lose them by migrating to Chromium, so the browser would be able to switch from Chromium to Microsoft Edge when required. For example, when loading Netflix, the browser would be labeled as Microsoft Edge and not as Chromium in order to deliver 4K performance. As per GHacks, this is possible thanks to a configuration file that would specifically list all websites where a different user agent is required. Microsoft Edge would thus verify this list whenever a new link is provided, and in case it’s mentioned here, the browser switches the user agent and loads the page as Microsoft Edge for higher quality content. The browser is currently available as a preview, and it is projected to go live for everyone later this year in stable builds. Microsoft Edge will be available not only on Windows 10, but also on older version of Windows, like Windows 7 and 8.1, and on macOS. A Linux version of the browser hasn’t been confirmed just yet. Source
  4. How to change default search engine on the new Microsoft Edge (preview) If Bing isn't for you, this guide shows you the steps to set your preferred search engine in the latest preview of Microsoft Edge using Chromium. Microsoft is starting fresh with a new version of the Edge web browserbased on the Google's Chromium project, and while the early builds reveal a new experience that shares many of the same features found in Chrome, the company is adding its own tweaks and features, including Bing as the default search engine. The only caveat is that even though Bing offers a great search experience, it's not a search engine for everyone. However, if you're moving from Chrome, and you want to keep using Google as your default search experience. Or you prefer something different (such as DuckDuckGo, Yahoo, Ask, etc.), the Chromium version of Microsoft Edge includes an option to set a different search engine, you just need to know where to find the settings. In this Windows 10 guide, we'll walk you through the steps to change the default search engine in the latest preview of the new Chromium version of Microsoft Edge. How to change default search engine on Microsoft Edge To change the default search engine on the new version of Microsoft Edge, use these steps: Important: Microsoft Edge is still in the early days of development, and the steps to customize this feature may change in the future. Open Microsoft Edge (preview). Load your favorite search engine (such as Google.com and DuckDuckGo.com), and perform a random search. (You're doing this to populate the option in the settings page.) Click on the three-dotted menu button on the top-right. Select the Settings option. Click on Privacy and services. Click the Address bar option at the bottom of the page. Use the "Search engine used in the address bar" drop-down menu and select the default search engine. Once you complete the steps, you should be able to open a new tab and search with the new default search engine. Adding search engine manually If the preferred search engine doesn't appear in the list, you'll need to add it manually with these steps: Open Microsoft Edge (preview). Click on the three-dotted menu button on the top-right. Select the Settings option. Click on Privacy and services. Click the Address bar option at the bottom of the page. Click the Manage search enginesoption. Quick tip: While in this page, if you have search engines that you don't use, you can always click the button on the right, and select the Remove option to delete them. Click the Add button from the top-right. Type a descriptive name for the option — for example, Google. Type any keyword to comply with the requirement — for example, Google. Type the exact search engine string — for example, to make Google the new default, the string should look like this: http://google.com/search?q=%sor https://duckduckgo.com/?q=%s to use DuckDuckGo. Click the Add button. Click the search engine three-dotted button and select the Make defaultoption. After completing the steps, as you enter a new query in the address bar, the search should happen with the engine that you have specified. In addition, the new option should also appear in the "Search engine used in the address bar" drop-down menu, in the Address bar settings page. We're focusing this guide on Windows 10, but these instructions may also work on the previous version of Windows as well as on other supported platforms like macOS (when available). Source
  5. Unlike Chrome, Microsoft’s new Edge lets you mute tabs on Windows 10 In many ways, Microsoft’s newly launched Chromium-powered Edge browser is better than Google Chrome. For example, it comes with a modern interface, icons in the menu for accessibility, customizable profile icons and more. The browser is also set to receive smooth scrolling, better accessibility, media features and other features in the coming weeks. Chromium-based Microsoft Edge has a better way to quickly deal with sites playing audio. There are many forms of audio content that you may find disruptive or you may just want to mute a particular tab. For instance, if you have multiple tabs of YouTube opened, you can mute a particular tab instead of muting the entire website. In Google Chrome, you can mute sites by right-clicking on a tab and selecting the mute option, but there’s no way to mute a particular tab. Microsoft Edge, which is also powered by Chromium, comes with an option to mute a particular tab. In the latest build of Chromium-based Edge browser, you can mute tabs temporarily by right-clicking on them and selecting Mute Tab option. That means if you open multiple pages of YouTube or Spotify opened, you can mute a particular tab without affecting the other tabs of the same website. It’s worth noting that this feature mutes a tab temporary and if you decide to close and reopen the tab, the tab will be unmuted. As shown in the screenshot above, you can also mute a tab temporary by clicking on the sound icon located at the top left corner, but the audio must be playing actively for the icon to show up. Source
  6. How to Disable Microsoft Edge YouTube Thumbnails in Media Controls Overlay As part of its efforts to overhaul Edge browser, Microsoft is making some pretty significant contributions to the Chromium project, including features that end up being used by Google Chrome as well. One of these most recent additions to the feature arsenal of both Microsoft Edge and Google Chrome is support for YouTube thumbnails in the native media controls overlay in Windows 10. While this may sound a very complex thing at first, it is, in fact, something that’s really simple only supposed to make controlling media playback a more straightforward process. First and foremost, what’s the media controls overlay? Often referred to as a popup, the media controls overlay in Windows 10 is the box that shows up in the top left corner when pressing the multimedia keys on the connected keyboards. The on-display volume indicator, which has been redesigned in Windows 8 and still being used by Windows 10, is displayed alongside additional media controls to go back to the previous song, forward to the next one, play and pause the playback. Thanks to Microsoft’s contribution to the Chromium engine, both Microsoft Edge and Google Chrome now displays additional information when playing media in the browsers and pressing the multimedia keys on the keyboard. And this works on pretty much any media website, including here YouTube, Vimeo, and others. The amount of information isn’t necessarily overwhelming, but it does come in handy because it includes the video artwork as well as the title of the playing media. What’s more, if more than one site is playing media, this media controls overlay comes with a small arrow that lets you toggle between the active sources, displaying information for each of them. Needless to say, the feature is still in its early days in the two browsers, so additional refinements could be included in the coming updates. Additionally, there is no way to disable the media controls overlay just yet from the settings screen of the browsers. But the good news is that this feature is powered by a flag called: Hardware Media Key Handling #hardware-media-key-handling This means that if you want to disable the new controls, all you need to do is to turn on this flag in the browser. To do this in Microsoft Edge, here’s what you have to do. First and all, you must obviously run the latest preview builds of Microsoft Edge – both Canary and Dev builds come with this flag, so it doesn’t matter which testing branch you’re currently on. Next, in the address bar of the browser, type the following command: edge://flags Using the search box at the top of the screen, look for the flag by simply typing its name: Hardware Media Key Handling As a shortcut, you can just copy the following code and paste it in the address bar of Microsoft Edge to quickly reach the aforementioned flag: chrome://flags/#hardware-media-key-handling The default state of the flag in the current builds of Microsoft Edge (and Google Chrome too) is enabled, so if you want to turn off this feature, you need to click the drop-down menu and switch it to disabled. You’re going to need to reboot the browser to save your changes. While the aforementioned media controls overlay would no longer show up, it’s important to know that this flag also disables support for media controls altogether. This means you won’t be able to control the active media session using the multimedia keys on your keyboard, and you’ll have to rely on mouse input for such tasks. Source
  7. Microsoft Edge Updated with Handy “Icon Only” Mode for Favorites Microsoft keeps working on additional improvements for its Chromium-based Microsoft Edge, and the Canary build is a neat way to try some of these in advance. Because it’s updated every day, the Canary build always gets something new, and today that something new is an icon only mode for favorites. As reported on reddit, Microsoft has introduced a feature that it announced at the Build developer conference earlier this year, basically making managing favorites a little bit easier. The change isn’t necessarily something that’ll blow your mind, but it’s a feature that you will certainly find useful, especially if you used Microsoft Edge before in Windows 10. Technically, after the update to Canary build 77.0.190.0, you should be able to right-click on any page in your favorites bar and enable the “icon only” mode. Instead of seeing the entire name of the website, you can thus view just the icon, which is something that not only helps save space on the bar, but also creates a little bit of consistency overall.Coming to the Dev build in next updateKeep in mind that this is only available in the Canary build, but the Dev version should get it in the next update too. Microsoft Edge Dev receives updates once a week, so it shouldn’t take too much time before the icon only mode is promoted to this channel. As for the other versions of Microsoft Edge, only these two can be downloaded right now on Windows 10 and macOS. Microsoft is projected to release a beta build later this year, but no specifics are available for the time being. The company also promised preview builds of Edge for older Windows, namely Windows 7 and 8.1, but once again, an ETA hasn’t been provided, as the focus right now is on Windows 10 and macOS. Source
  8. Microsoft Edge Reddit AMA: Edge might come to Linux No "technical blockers" to prevent Microsoft from shipping Edge for Linux. Image: Microsoft The Microsoft Edge developer team has held an AMA (Ask Me Anything) session on Reddit today, and the company's engineers have revealed some of their plans on various current or upcoming features. The biggest tease the company dropped was its apparent willingness to release an Edge version for Linux -- a move that was once considered inconceivable. "We don't have any technical blockers to keep us from creating Linux binaries, and it's definitely something we'd like to do down the road," the Edge team said. "That being said, there is still work to make them 'customer ready' (installer, updaters, user sync, bug fixes, etc.) and something we are proud to give to you, so we aren't quite ready to commit to the work just yet. "Right now, we are super focused on bringing stable versions of Edge first to other versions of Windows (as well as macOS), and then releasing our Beta channels," Edge devs said. While the Chromium codebase on which the upcoming Edge version supports Linux builds, users were afraid that when Microsoft ripped out various Chromium features last year, it might have impacted Edge's ability to support cross-platform builds. However, today's comment comes to confirm a tweet published in April on the personal Twitter account of one of Edge's developers. At the time, the developer couldn't officially confirm officials plans for a Linux build. Microsoft didn't commit to a Linux build today either, but now we at least know there's no technical block that may prevent it from shipping an Edge for Linux version. Right now, as the Edge team made it pretty obvious, it's only a matter of taking baby steps. Devs would most likely want to have a stable release out for all Windows versions first, before committing to additional platforms. NO WORD ON THE AD BLOCKER PLANS In addition, the Edge team also answered a question on one of today's most important topics in technology -- Chrome's upcoming extensions API changes that may end up crippling ad blockers. Last week, representatives from Opera, Brave, and Vivaldi told ZDNet they didn't have any plans to cripple ad blockers in their products, despite the shared Chromium codebase. At the time, Microsoft did not reply to an official request for comment on the matter regarding this issue that ZDNet sent the company. In today's AMA, the browser maker remained as non-commital as last week, delaying an official answer, pending more talks with "popular extension developers and with the Chromium community." The good news is that yesterday, Google gave in to some of the demands put forward by extension devs and ad blockers, so in the end, Microsoft may not even have to answer these questions anymore. TRACKING PROTECTION COMING TO EDGE But there's more. According to Edge developers, the company is also planning on rolling out a Tracking Protection feature similar to the one that Firefox rolled out. "We are committed to building features that give users control and transparency over their privacy on the web," Edge devs said. "One of our first features is Tracking Prevention with 3 levels of control to choose from, with Balanced setting being the default." For now these are all the details available about this feature. Other notable answers on other topics are below: - Microsoft is incorporating Fluent UI components into Edge to evolve the browser's look and feel. - The main goal is "to ship a browser at such high quality that it could eventually become the default browser for all Microsoft devices." - Devs plan to port the reading list feature from the old Edge to the new Chromium-based Edge. - Settings and other pages will also respect the browser's dark theme. - An extensions syncing feature is coming soon. Source
  9. Microsoft Edge may soon get Google Chrome’s Search tabs feature Back in October 2020, Google Chrome introduced the new ‘Tab search’ feature that allowed users to instantly search the list of open tabs. Even though this feature was not available on Microsoft Edge, users were able to enable this feature using a command line flag. In the recent Edge build, Microsoft has now disabled the old “–enable-features=TabSearch” command line option. To enable the Tab search feature, you need to now use the “–enable-features=msTabSearch” command line flag. In general, the flags that start with “ms” represent Microsoft Edge specific features. Since Microsoft has changed the command line flag of the Tab search feature, you can expect Microsoft to enable this feature by default for all Edge users in the near future. Source: Reddit Microsoft Edge may soon get Google Chrome’s Search tabs feature
  10. Microsoft releases Edge Dev channel build 90.0.789.1 with simplified right-click menu for PDFs and more Microsoft today released the new v90.0.789.1 build for Edge Dev channel users. This new build comes with simplified right-click menu for PDFs, new management policies, and more. This build also comes with several bug fixes. Find the full change log of Edge Dev Channel build below. Added features: Added options for a simplified right-click menu for PDFs. Note that actual changes to the right-click menu are still being rolled out, so these settings may not be functional yet. Added management policies for Quick View Office Files Enabled, which controls whether or not Office files can be opened directly in Edge instead of being downloaded, and for Application Guard Favorites Sync Enabled to control whether or not Application Guard windows should have access to the same set of Favorites as non-Application Guard windows. Note that updates to administrative templates or documentation may not have occurred yet. Improved reliability: Fixed a hang on shutdown that may prevent Edge from opening correctly. Fixed an issue on Mac running on ARM where all tabs immediately crash as soon as they’re opened. Fixed a crash when refreshing a page. Fixed a crash when exiting fullscreen. Fixed a crash when interacting with the Shopping popup. Fixed a crash when dragging and dropping Favorites. Fixed a crash when using Family Safety. Fixed a crash when navigating in an IE mode tab. Fixed a crash when dragging and dropping something into a Collection. Fixed a crash when removing shortcuts for PWAs or websites installed as apps. Fixed a crash when uninstalling a PWA or a website installed as an app. Fixed an issue where uninstalling a PWA or app installed as a website while it’s still running can hang or crash the browser. Fixed an issue where opening a PDF with Information Protection sometimes crashes the browser. Fixed an issue where using Web Capture when the F12 Dev Tools are open crashes the tab. Fixed a hang when starting Read Aloud from the PDF toolbar. Edge Dev Channel Changed behavior: Fixed an issue with vertical tabs where pinned tabs are always expanded when the vertical tabs pane is expanded. Fixed an issue where AV1 video sometimes becomes corrupted or drops frames. Fixed an issue where links from outside applications sometimes open in a brand new browser profile instead of one of the existing ones. Fixed an issue where Edge Taskbar shortcuts sometimes disappear. Fixed an issue where shortcuts to PWAs or websites installed as apps sometimes don’t work. Fixed an issue where desktop shortcuts are sometimes created for PWAs or websites installed as apps when they shouldn’t be. Fixed an issue where desktop shortcuts to PWAs or websites installed as apps are deleted or no longer work. Fixed an issue where icons for certain PWAs or websites installed as apps are too small when pinned to the Start menu. Fixed an issue where the ability to pin a PWA or website installed as an app to the start menu or desktop by right-clicking its entry in edge://apps is missing. Fixed an issue where uninstalling a PWA or website installed as an app from the Start Menu sometimes doesn’t remove its entry from edge://apps. Fixed an issue where pending download items sometimes aren’t initially visible in the Downloads popup menu. Improved the appearance of the Favorites and History menus on small screens. Fixed an issue when searching for History using the History menu and no results are returned. Fixed an issue where Settings sometimes shows inaccurate sizes when viewing cookies and site data. Fixed an issue where links copied from within webpages that are supposed to be formatted with the title of the page aren’t. Fixed an issue where using Web Capture can sometimes cause scrolling issues. Fixed an issue where the management policy for New Tab Page Hide Default Top Sites doesn’t work. Fixed an issue where the management policy for Kiosk Address Bar Editing Enabled does the opposite of what it says it does. Edge Dev 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 https://techcommunity.microsoft.com/t5/articles/known-issue-adblock-causing-errors-on-youtube/m-p/14… 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 seeing favorites get duplicated after we made some previous fixes in that area. The most common way this is triggered is by installing the Stable channel of Edge and then signing into it with an account that has already signed into Edge before. This issue should be reduced now that automatic deduplication has been introduced into Insider channels. However, 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 while we wait for the automatic deduplication to make it to Stable, 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. This Edge Dev channel update should download and install directly but in case it doesn’t then you can head to the Edge settings and manually update the browser. Microsoft releases Edge Dev channel build 90.0.789.1 with simplified right-click menu for PDFs and more
  11. Manage browser tabs efficiently with open source TabMerger extension TabMerger is a relatively new browser extension that is available for Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome and Microsoft Edge. The extension should install fine in other Chromium-based and Firefox-based browsers as well. TabMerger's main aim is to provide users with better tab management functionality and resource management. How it compares to existing solutions such as Tabs Outliner for Chrome, OneTab, Tab Manager Plus or Tab Manager V2? Let's find out! TabMerger is a cross-browser extension that adds its icon to the main browser toolbar when it is installed. A click on the icon opens the main tab management interface in a new tab. A tutorial is displayed the first time you do that; it explains the program's functionality in detail. The interface itself lists a number of action icons in a sidebar on the left, and the saved tabs on the right. TabMerger uses groups to distinguish between different saves. Sites are listed with their title and favicon in the groups, and each group is displayed with its creation date and time, and a color. You may do a number of things here: Move tabs within a group or from one group to another. Open individual sites. Open all sites of a group. Merge sites open at the time with the selected group. Hide tabs of a group. Delete individual sites or entire groups. The sidebar provides additional functionality. A search is provided to run searches across all groups. Results are updated as you type and the functionality is useful if you have saved more tabs than can be displayed in the interface at the same time. The search finds matching group names and site names. Data can be exported and imported using the JSON format. Another useful option that you find attached to the sidebar lets you create a PDF document. The document contains information and hyperlinks of the tabs saved using TabMerger. The extension may be used to sync data across different browsers; it uses the browser's native sync feature for that. Settings The settings provide several useful features to customize the extension further. You can add sites to the list of exclusions to block them from being removed from the browser's tab bar and added to one of TabMerger's groups when you activate the functionality. You may change the default color and title of new groups, change the extension opening behavior when clicking on the icon from "just showing the tab management interface" to showing the interface and merging all tabs open at the time, disable the inclusion of pinned tabs when merging, or whether a saved tab will be removed from its group when it is launched from within the interface. Saving tabs to groups You can save individual tabs or all tabs open in a browser window to a group; this is possible from within the TabMerger interface, but also via shortcuts and the right-click context menu. Right-click while you are on a page and select the TabMerger option to make use of it. Options include merging only the active tab, merging all tabs of the window, all tabs but the active one, or all tabs to the left or right. The very same options are available via keyboard shortcuts: Alt-O -- Only merge the active tab. Alt-A -- Merge all tabs. Alt-L -- Merge all tabs to the left of the active tab. Alt-R -- Merge all tabs to the right of the active tab. Exclude from merging, merge excluding current, opening help, and opening TabMerger are not mapped by default but can be mapped in the add-ons manager of the browser. TabMerger closes tabs that you add to its groups, and that has an effect on the browser's memory usage. How does it compare to other extensions? Most tab management extensions provide the same core functionality: to unload sites, place them in a list, and to manage saved sites. TabMerger uses a well designed interface that may look convoluted on first glance but is easy to use once you get the hang of it. Some extensions display the saved tabs in a sidebar or in a menu when you activate the button, and that has its advantages as you get faster access to the list of saved tabs. TabMerger runs in its own tab, which is better for management purposes as you get more space this way. The extension supports a number of useful features that most tab management solutions don't support, e.g. the PDF printing option can be quite handy. One shortcoming of TabMerger is that you don't get the context menu when you right-click on a tab in the browser. You need to use the shortcuts or right-click context menu to use its functionality. An option to display all groups in a sidebar would be a welcome addition as well. Closing Words TabMerger is a promising browser extension for users who need better tab management options or an option to tame the browser's memory usage somewhat. Landing Page https://github.com/lbragile/TabMerger Source: Manage browser tabs efficiently with open source TabMerger extension
  12. Windows 10 April updates remove Microsoft Edge Legacy permanently Microsoft has announced today that Microsoft Edge Legacy will be permanently removed and replaced with the new Microsoft Edge after installing April’s Windows 10 Patch Tuesday security update. "To replace this out of support application, we are announcing that the new Microsoft Edge will be available as part of the Windows 10 cumulative monthly security update—otherwise referred to as the Update Tuesday (or “B”) release—on April 13, 2021," the Microsoft Edge Team said. "When you apply this update to your devices, the out of support Microsoft Edge Legacy desktop application will be removed and the new Microsoft Edge will be installed. "This replacement will also occur if you apply the optional Windows 10 March Preview (or “C”) release." Microsoft is providing a detailed support article on how to plan the deployment of the new Microsoft Edge in enterprise environments. Those with 150 or more Windows 10 Enterprise paid seats can also request free guidance on how to plan, deploy, or adopt the new Microsoft Edge through the FastTrack service. Microsoft sources told BleepingComputer that the new Microsoft Edge is considered an integral part of Windows 10 and part of the OS's overall security landscape. Because of this, Microsoft wants to make sure that all Windows users are provided a more secure and higher-performance web browser with all default Windows 10 installations. Image: Microsoft Microsoft officially released its Chromium-based Edge browser in January 2020, a new browser whose installer automatically replaces the legacy version on all devices after installation. Mandatory Windows 10 updates force installing the new Microsoft Edge and removing the legacy version were previously rolled out in September 2020 to systems running Windows 10 versions 1809, 1903, 1909, and 2004. Microsoft announced last year, in August 2020, that Microsoft Edge Legacy will no longer be supported starting with March 9th, 2021. The new Microsoft Edge is also bundled with all new Windows devices and it is already rolling out automatically via Windows Update to all customers using Windows 10 1803 or later who upgrade to Windows 10 2004 or later. Source: Windows 10 April updates remove Microsoft Edge Legacy permanently
  13. Microsoft releases Edge Dev build 90.0.803.0 with minor improvements It's that time of the week again, as there's a new build of Microsoft's Edge browser out in the Dev channel. The one announced today is build 90.0.803.0. As usual, there's not a whole lot that's new, and it's all about some minor new features. We actually got the first Edge 90 build three weeks ago, so that puts us at just a few weeks away from it being released to the Beta channel (that's set for the week of March 16). The company improved latency when inking on PDFs, added Single Sign-On for Mac, and there are a few other things that are new. As for this build though, here's the list of new features: Added the ability to customize keyboard shortcuts in the F12 Dev Tools. Added support for showing the friendly name of a certificate when viewing its details in the Windows certificate viewer. Enabled the redesigned, smaller context menus for PDFs by default. Enabled support for the management policy to control Print Rasterization Mode from Chromium. And of course, there are fixes and known issues. Here's what got fixed for improved reliability: Fixed a crash on launch. Fixed a crash when closing a tab. Fixed a crash when Sharing something. Fixed a crash when typing into the address bar. Fixed a crash when using speech recognition on Google websites. Fixed an issue where using the Web Widget in Guest windows sometimes crashes the browser. Fixed an issue where tabs sometimes are blank or frozen after being left alone for a while. Fixed an issue where printing sometimes fails with a message that it “can’t calculate”. Here's what got fixed for changed behavior: Fixed an issue where filtering cookies on edge://settings/siteData fails. Fixed an issue where Edge tabs sometimes don’t appear in the Windows Alt+Tab list when expected. Fixed an issue where attempting to Modify Edge’s installation from Windows’ list of installed programs does nothing. Fixed an issue where opening Edge via a Taskbar shortcut sometimes results in a window that isn’t associated with that shortcut. Fixed an issue where searching to type in the History or Favorites flyout sometimes stops working while typing. Fixed an issue where opening an Edge window by clicking on a website’s notification results in the window not being associated with existing Taskbar shortcuts. Fixed an issue where newly-installed PWA or websites sometimes get pinned to the Start menu or Taskbar unexpectedly. Fixed an issue where Single Sign-On doesn’t work for some work/school users. Fixed an issue where pasting into a text note in Collections sometimes fails. Fixed an issue where dropdowns on webpages sometimes prevent users from interacting with other items on the page. Fixed an issue where interactions with the Password Monitor popup don’t work. Fixed an issue where the wrong context menu sometimes appears in the Collections flyout. Fixed an issue where entering fullscreen turns off vertical tabs after exiting fullscreen. Fixed an issue where search suggestions sometimes don’t appear in the Web Widget. Fixed an issue where the Web Widget sometimes goes blank or black, but links can still be clicked. Fixed an issue where Password Monitor scans never appear to finish. Fixed an issue where the management policy to configure Restore On Start Up URLs sometimes doesn’t work properly when configured as “recommended”. Removed the ability to pin a website to the Taskbar from the edge://apps context menu. Finally, here's the 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 https://techcommunity.microsoft.com/t5/articles/known-issue-adblock-causing-errors-on-youtube/m-p/14... 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 seeing favorites get duplicated after we made some previous fixes in that area. The most common way this is triggered is by installing the Stable channel of Edge and then signing into it with an account that has already signed into Edge before. This issue should be reduced now that automatic deduplication has been introduced into Insider channels. However, 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 while we wait for the automatic deduplication to make it to Stable, 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, you can manually update your browser by going to Settings -> About Microsoft Edge. If you don't, your browser will be updated in the background at some point. Source: Microsoft releases Edge Dev build 90.0.803.0 with minor improvements
  14. Microsoft Edge Dev build 90.0.796.0 is out with more improvements Today, Microsoft is releasing this week's Edge Dev build, bringing the version number to 90.0.796.0. There's not a whole lot that's new this time around. You'll now find that you can start typing to search as soon as favorites and history menus are loaded. Also, you're going to start seeing suggestions from your local history (not your synced history) when you click on the address bar. Single Sign-On is now enabled on the Mac, fixing issues with some websites. Here's the full list of new features: Added the ability to start typing to search as soon as the favorites and history menus are open and loaded. Added suggestions from local browsing history when clicking on the empty address bar on the new tab page. Added support for Friendly Names for certificates in the certificate picker. Enabled Single Sign-On for Mac, fixing an issue where certain websites can’t login. Improved messaging when certain permissions are restricted when viewing a protected PDF. Deprecated the management policy to Enable Native Window Occlusion in favor of the newly-added policy to Enable Window Occlusion. Note that updates to administrative templates or documentation may not have occurred yet. Enabled support for the management policy to control SSL Error Override Allowed For Origins from upstream Chromium. And of course, there are fixes and known issues. Here are the fixes for improved reliability: Fixed a crash when closing the browser. Fixed a crash when showing the autofill suggestion popup. Fixed a crash when using Guided Switch. Fixed a crash for Family Safety users. Fixed a crash when using speech recognition. Fixed a crash when copying something when Data Loss Prevention is enabled. Fixed an issue where the browser uses lots of CPU doing nothing. Fixed an issue where Smart Copy doesn’t work one websites like OneNote. Here are the fixes for changed behavior: Fixed an issue where deleted passwords are sometimes restored unexpectedly via sync. Fixed an issue where graphics in certain websites like Excel get corrupted over time. Fixed an issue where print preview sometimes shows the incorrect number of sheets of paper. Fixed an issue with printing multiple sheets per page. Fixed an issue where PDFs created by printing a page using Print To PDF don’t appear in the Downloads list. Fixed an issue where the Sign In To Sync button in Settings isn’t disabled when sign in or sync are turned off via management policy. Fixed an issue where dropdown lists on webpages sometimes are missing options or data. Fixed an issue when dragging a URL from the address bar into a Collection. Fixed an issue with syncing Collections. Fixed an issue where pinning a PWA or website installed as an app to the Taskbar also unexpectedly prompts to pin it to the Start Menu. Fixed an issue where opening a link that’s expected to open in a PWA or website installed as an app doesn’t open the exact link but instead just navigates to the website’s homepage. Fixed an issue where removing a PWA or website installed as an app doesn’t remove its entry from the Start Menu. Fixed an issue where PWAs or websites installed as apps that open child windows don’t get those child windows associated with the main app window, but instead as generic Edge windows. Fixed an issue where price comparison in the Shopping popup isn’t appearing when it should. Removed autofill capabilities from Application Guard windows. Finally, here are the 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 https://techcommunity.microsoft.com/t5/articles/known-issue-adblock-causing-errors-on-youtube/m-p/14... 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 seeing favorites get duplicated after we made some previous fixes in that area. The most common way this is triggered is by installing the Stable channel of Edge and then signing into it with an account that has already signed into Edge before. This issue should be reduced now that automatic deduplication has been introduced into Insider channels. However, 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 while we wait for the automatic deduplication to make it to Stable, 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. Microsoft also shouted out some other Edge news that it released recently, such as adaptive notifications, which is supposed to be an improvement on quiet notifications. It also introduced Kids Mode, which is coming to the Canary channel today, and it's not in this Dev build. As always, you can install it manually by going to Settings -> About Microsoft Edge. If not, the browser will update in the background at some point. Microsoft Edge Dev build 90.0.796.0 is out with more improvements
  15. Microsoft Edge will adapt a scoring system for websites to prevent annoying notifications Back in July 2020, Microsoft detailed the efforts it was taking to make browser notifications less annoying in Edge. The firm enabled what it called “quiet notification requests”, a feature that automatically disabled the full-blown notification request prompts – unless the user explicitly turns it on – and replaced it with a bell icon in the address bar. It also suggested that it was working to tweak the experience based on user feedback. Today, the Redmond giant announced adaptive notification requests for Edge and detailed the changes that it is making based on user feedback. The company says that while quiet notifications reduced the number of prompts served to users, it also resulted in a decline in acceptance rates for some sites that earlier had higher acceptance numbers. Additionally, feedback suggested that users were unaware of how to turn notifications back on for their preferred sites. As a result, the company is beginning to disable quiet notification requests by default as part of an experiment. In place of this feature, the company is building a new approach – which it calls adaptive notification requests – that tailors the experience based on data from how users interact with a site’s prompts. This means that if more users tend to block notifications for a particular website, Edge will learn to automatically silence prompts from those sites and turn them into quiet notifications. The approach builds a scoreboard of sorts in the backend based on how users interact with the full-blown prompts. Depending on whether users allow, block, or ignore the prompts, the site earns negative or positive points, depending on which the requests are made silent or otherwise. The firm says that it will continue to tune the “most effective score threshold” to ascertain the balance between “easily subscribing to the desired notifications and the annoyance of unwanted notification requests”. Those that want to turn all notifications silent can head into the Notifications setting within ‘Cookies and site permissions’ to turn on quiet notification requests manually. Additionally, when a user explicitly blocks notifications three times in a row, the browser will automatically turn on quiet notifications. The adaptive notification requests feature is now rolling out to users running Edge 88. The firm adds that it has seen positive results from its experiments in the Canary, Dev, and Beta channel builds. Developers can also read through the company’s recommendations for websites on the best practices to improve acceptance rates. Microsoft Edge will adapt a scoring system for websites to prevent annoying notifications
  16. Microsoft Edge might finally be adding this super useful feature Widget support is coming to Edge (Image credit: Microsoft) Microsoft plans to add a number of new features including web widgets, tab search and an extension menu to its Edge browser in its next big update. While Google has long offered support for widgets in its Android mobile operating system, it appears that widget support will also be coming to Windows 10 via Microsoft Edge. At the moment, the software giant is currently testing out a news + weather widget that will include headlines directly from Bing’s MSN news feed. This new widget for Microsoft Edge will follow the same approach used by Microsoft in Windows 10’s upcoming taskbar news and weather feed which can show users a personalized briefing with popular stories based on their interests such as sports and finance as well as their location. Even with Edge closed, users will still be able to access the widget by clicking on the icon floating over their desktop and other Windows apps. As of now, Microsoft is only working on its news feed widget but the company is expected to introduce additional widgets later this year. Tab search and extension menu Microsoft is also working on adding tab search to Chromium Edge as this feature is already available in Google Chrome. The company added support for vertical tabs to Edge last year and a new update to the browser will add the option for users to search for open tabs. Once rolled out, users will be able to access this feature by navigating to the browser’s top bar or by using the keyboard shortcut Ctrl + Shift + A. An extensions menu is also finally coming to Microsoft Edge and it is marked by an icon that looks like a puzzle piece. From here, you’ll be able to access all of your installed extensions or alternatively, you can pin them to the address bar for even faster access. Since making the switch to Chromium, Microsoft has continually updated Edge with new features and this latest batch will surely be welcomed by users looking to increase their productivity when using the company's browser. Via Windows Latest Microsoft Edge might finally be adding this super useful feature
  17. Microsoft Edge is getting a Kids Mode to add ‘guardrails’ to browsing the web Custom browser themes, Bing SafeSearch, and more Illustration by Alex Castro / The Verge Microsoft is updating its Edge browser with a Kids Mode that should make browsing safer and more customizable, in a kid-friendly way. The feature is not widely available, but it’s being rolled out to Edge Insiders in Microsoft’s Canary test channel, with the feature coming to the dev channel soon after. Kids Mode can be enabled by selecting it from the Profile picker in Microsoft Edge, not dissimilar from using a similar Kids profile in a streaming service. Browsing in Kids Mode enables several features. Kids Mode comes with custom browser themes, Bing SafeSearch enabled to keep kids away from “adult” search results, and an allow list that parents can use to set appropriate websites. The allow list comes predefined in Edge, according to Microsoft, but parents can edit the list of approved content from the “Family” section of the browser’s settings. Kids modes are common features on streaming services and devices, like Netflix’s Just for Kids profile and Amazon’s FreeTime service that it includes on Fire Tablets and Fire TV sticks. Having some kid-focused settings you can turn on easily saves the hassle of getting granular by picking and choosing what your kid can experience. Adding it to a browser makes a lot of sense. Microsoft Edge is getting a Kids Mode to add ‘guardrails’ to browsing the web
  18. PWAs installed with Microsoft Edge will now let you switch profiles Microsoft has announced that you can switch profiles in progressive web apps (PWAs) that were installed using its Edge browser. Easy profile switching is something that's been available in the browser for some time, but now it's available for installed apps, and moreover, it's independent from your selection in the browser. In order to do it, you'll see the profile icon in the title bar of the app. You can click it, and then select the profile you want. A second app will launch with the new profile. The default profile will be the one that you last used, and of course, the available profiles will mirror the ones available in Edge. Microsoft didn't say which versions of Edge this is available in, but you can bet it's only Dev and Canary, since this is still considered to be an experiment. The company is also asking for feedback on how this works, specifically for three questions: Do you prefer to have your app display as one application in Windows, and switch using this experimental method described above? Do you prefer to have distinct applications installed on Windows for each profile you install the app with? This would mean you could have multiple application tiles/icons in Start, the Taskbar or on your desktop. Would you prefer to choose your default profile each time you install a new application? In order to get started, the feature should just start showing up in your installed PWAs. PWAs installed with Microsoft Edge will now let you switch profiles
  19. Microsoft Edge will now let you know if your password is compromised Yesterday, Microsoft announced a bunch of new features coming to its Edge browser, including sidebar search, history sync, and more. Another nifty capability coming to the browser is Password Monitor, which alerts you if you are using unsafe credentials. The service began rolling out to Insiders back in June 2020 and is now being made available to the general public in Edge 88. Microsoft has detailed the feature in a dedicated blog post. Password Monitor is the outcome of collaboration between the Edge product team and a former Microsoft Research incubation group called the "Cryptography and Privacy Research Group". The underlying technology is based on homomorphic encryption and is built on top of the Microsoft SEAL homomorphic encryption library. Simply stated, Password Monitor contacts a server periodically and verifies that the credentials you have saved in Edge are not present in a database of breached credentials. If they are, the user is immediately alerted and asked to change them. It is important to note that neither Microsoft nor any other third-party can see your credentials, with the technology also secure against man-in-the-middle attacks so a malicious actor cannot hijack your password during transit between your browser and the server. Microsoft has also modified its SEAL library to ensure multi-platform support on various architectures including ARM, x86, and Mac, and it is also compatible with low-end devices. The firm has described the principles of homomorphic encryption in its blog post as well for our more cybersecurity-savvy readers. Microsoft has emphasized that the process consumes minimal network bandwidth, optimizes CPU utilization, and that the Password Monitor service is capable of handling a "large number" of client requests. Password Monitor will be made available to Edge users on a rolling basis so it will not be immediately visible to everyone. You can head over to the dedicated supported page to find out how to enable it. Microsoft Edge will now let you know if your password is compromised
  20. Microsoft releases Edge Dev channel build 90.0.782.0 with improved PDF inking experience and more Microsoft today released the new v90.0.782.0 build for Edge Dev channel users. This new build comes improved PDF inking experience, improved Collections feature, and more. This build also comes with several bug fixes. Find the full change log of Edge Dev Channel build below. Added features: Improved on smoothness and latency when inking PDFs. Added the Collections item to the … menu in InPrivate windows since Collections are now supported in InPrivate. Improved the Cookies In Use dialog to show more information about a given cookie. Added a management policy to manage the Smart Actions Block List, which prevents certain context menu actions from being available, and for Windows Hello For HTTP Auth Enabled to control whether or not the basic credential prompt appears for NTLM or Negotiate. Note that updates to administrative templates or documentation may not be available yet. Enabled support for the management policy from Chromium to configure the Managed Configuration Per Origin for websites installed as apps. Improved reliability: Fixed an issue where multiple EdgeUpdate processes may be seen running at the same time in Windows Task Manager. Fixed a crash when copying a URL from the address bar. Fixed a crash when opening a new tab. Fixed a crash when using the new Favorites or History popup. Fixed a crash when using Find On Page. Fixed a crash when using speech recognition. Fixed a crash when sharing a Collection. Fixed a crash when using search engine shortcuts to search for something from the address bar. Fixed an issue where certain popups from IE mode tabs can become hidden, blocking all interaction with the window. Fixed an issue where opening Edge via certain shortcuts causes manual updates to fail. Edge Dev Channel Changed behavior: Fixed an issue where setting Autoplay settings to Block causes Read Aloud online voices to fail. Fixed an issue where newly-opened tabs are blank. Fixed an issue where certain trackpads cause scrolling to happen too fast. Disabled ShyUI in PWAs and websites installed as apps. Fixed an issue where opening a PWA or website installed as an app sometimes results in two windows being opened: the regular app window but with no content, and a generic browser popup window with the content. Fixed an issue where switching profiles in a PWA sometimes fails. Fixed an issue where the Favorites or History menus sometimes appear in the wrong place on screen. Fixed an issue where searching for a Setting sometimes doesn’t work. Fixed an issue where there are sometimes duplicate Edge shortcuts on the Taskbar. Fixed an issue where Immersive Reader shows up as eligible on certain websites it shouldn’t. Fixed an issue where certain websites installed as apps have too big of an icon when their tile is pinned to the Start menu. Fixed an issue where websites installed as apps are missing the … icon on their … menu button. Fixed an issue where the save button when editing a Collection item is invisible. Obsoleted the management policy for Stricter Mixed Content Treatment Enabled. Note that this policy hasn’t been functional since version 85. Edge Dev 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 https://techcommunity.microsoft.com/t5/articles/known-issue-adblock-causing-errors-on-youtube/m-p/14… 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 seeing favorites get duplicated after we made some previous fixes in that area. The most common way this is triggered is by installing the Stable channel of Edge and then signing into it with an account that has already signed into Edge before. This issue should be reduced now that automatic deduplication has been introduced into Insider channels. However, 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 while we wait for the automatic deduplication to make it to Stable, 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. This Edge Dev channel update should download and install directly but in case it doesn’t then you can head to the Edge settings and manually update the browser. Microsoft releases Edge Dev channel build 90.0.782.0 with improved PDF inking experience and more
  21. Microsoft announces improvements coming to Collections in Edge Microsoft today announced a few new improvements coming to the Collections feature in the Edge browser. The biggest change is that Collections now features a new UI, akin to the redesigned History and Favorites menu. The company also announced that there is a new experience for Downloads, something that we spotted earlier today. Just like the History, Download, and Favorites section, the Collection menu now hovers from the toolbar and does not pin to the side of the browser automatically. Those that want the pane to stay pinned to the browser can manually use the pin icon to place it permanently. The new UI greatly improves the feature and makes it easy and faster to add items to a Collection or access saved links. Another nifty feature being added to the utility is a new “+” icon that allows users to add the current webpage right from the pop-up menu by hovering over the desired Collection item, negating the need to perform multiple clicks. The icon also shows up on Collections lists when the pane is pinned to the browser window. The refreshed UI also retains all the functionality of the tool, such as the ability to send lists to OneNote and Excel, Pinterest integration, and the price comparison feature. These options are present in the ellipsis menu as before. Users can – like before – also add notes into Collections directly via the notes icon. The new Collections and Downloads improvements are now rolling out to Edge users running Canary and Dev channel builds. There is no word on when the improvements will make it to the Beta channel and, eventually, the Stable version. Microsoft announces improvements coming to Collections in Edge
  22. New Edge Canary build brings new UI for downloads Microsoft is readying a new UI for downloads in the Chromium-based Edge browser, and if you're an Edge Insider in the Canary channel, you can test it right now. With the latest version of the browser, you'll notice that new downloads no longer show up in a download bar at the bottom of the browser window. Instead, they'll now show up in a small pop-up just below the toolbar, which shows all the ongoing and most recent downloads. You can also choose to see more downloads to see your download history without going to a new tab. The pop-up window also includes the ability to search in your downloads or open your downloads folder in File Explorer. The new UI is in line with the redesigned experiences of the Favorites and History sections that Microsoft has brought out in the past couple of months. Just like with those, you can pin the entire download history to the side of the browser window so they're always accessible, or you can pin an icon to the toolbar so the list is only visible when you need it. We noticed the change on build 90.0.784.0 of Edge, which is only available in the Canary channel right now, though based on our testing on multiple machines, it doesn't seem t be available for everyone. It shouldn't take long for it to come to the Dev channel, but those running Beta or stable builds will likely have to wait a while longer. If you want to know about other features coming to Edge, Microsoft recently published a new roadmap for the browser. New Edge Canary build brings new UI for downloads
  23. Microsoft Edge takes on Chrome and Safari with official release for Apple M1 Macs The browser finally runs natively on Apple Silicon devices (Image credit: Future) Microsoft has released a new version of its Edge browser that finally adds supports Apple Silicon-powered MacBook devices. The company first started testing the M1-optimized browser back in December, just days after recompiling its Office 365 suite to run natively on Apple’s new devices. The updated browser is available to download now from Microsoft’s website, with MacBook users now given the option to Edge for “Mac with Apple Chip.” That means Edge runs natively on Apple Silicon and doesn’t have to be translated through Rosetta 2 on M1 Macs, such as the latest MacBook Pro and MacBook Air, This will be welcome news for M1 Mac owners keen to switch to Microsoft’s browser. While Rosetta enabled Edge to run, emulation almost always results in a drop-off in performance due to the fact that computing resources must be set aside for translation. 9to5Mac reports that the M1-optimized Microsoft Edge browser feels “just as fast as Chrome.” Given the performance drain that Google’s browser tends to have on some MacBook devices, the release could see some users switch to Microsoft’s Chromium-based browser instead. As well as being built with the M1 chip’s ARM architecture in mind, Microsoft says that the new Edge browser is “tailored for macOS”, allowing users to “browse seamlessly with experiences exclusive to Mac, like easy access to tabs, video controls and more, all within your Touch Bar.” Microsoft is one of the last browser makers to recompile its software for M1 Macs, with rival browsers Google Chrome and Firefox already recompiled to run on Arm-based M1 chips. The arrival of Edge on M1 Macs comes amid reports that the legacy version of the Microsoft Edge web browser will be removed from Windows 10 when it is updated later this year. Microsoft Edge takes on Chrome and Safari with official release for Apple M1 Macs
  24. Reminder: Microsoft Edge Legacy will be retired in March 2021 Microsoft maintains three different web browsers currently on its Windows 10 platform: Internet Explorer 11, the legacy Microsoft Edge browser, and the new Chromium-based Microsoft Edge browser. Support for the legacy version of Microsoft Edge ends in March 2021; Microsoft will release a last set of security patches for the web browser on the March 2021 Patch Day before support ends officially. The company introduced the legacy version of Microsoft Edge when it released its Windows 10 operating system in 2015. Microsoft Edge was designed as a modern web browser with better web standards support, performance, compatibility, and also user features such as an add-ons system that was easier to create extensions for. The browser, while better in many regards than Internet Explorer 11, had its fair share of annoyances, and it did not manage to capture a lot of market share on desktop systems. Microsoft released the first stable version of the Chromium-based Microsoft Edge browser in January 2020. It was clear then that the days of the classic Edge browser were numbered. Support for the legacy version of Microsoft Edge ends in March 2021. Internet Explorer 11 continues to be supported, the most important reason for keeping the browser alive is backwards support for certain features that many Enterprise organizations and businesses still rely on. The new Edge supports an Internet Explorer mode that makes it easier to access content that requires Internet Explorer 11 supported features. Microsoft started to exclude Internet Explorer from accessing some of its company tools, e.g. Microsoft Teams access was blocked in November 2020 and Microsoft 365 access will end in August 2021 for users of the browser. What does it mean for users? Windows 10 users who still use the legacy version of Microsoft Edge will have to find a new browser to use; this can be the new Microsoft Edge web browser, which replicated much of the functionality of the classic version, or a third-party browser. Windows 10 includes Internet Explorer 11 and the new Microsoft Edge browser by default. Microsoft has not revealed plans to uninstall legacy Edge from Windows 10 systems. A likely scenario is that future Windows 10 images won't include the legacy version of Microsoft Edge anymore, and that the legacy version will be removed eventually. It is not recommended to run the legacy browser after support end as new security vulnerabilities won't be patched anymore after the March 2021 Patch Day. Now You: Did you use the legacy version in the past? What is your take on the browser? (via Deskmodder) Source: Reminder: Microsoft Edge Legacy will be retired in March 2021
  25. Edge Canary gets new Favourites Search feature Microsoft has added a new Favourites search feature to Edge Canary. Previously to search your favourite needed to click the Manage Favourites button and search your favourites in the new page which opened. The update to Edge Canary 90.0.782.0 brings the ability to search your favourites directly from the favourites pop-up. Favourites Search can also be accessed by typing Control-Shift-O. The feature is also an improvement over Bookmark Search in Chrome, which opens a new page which replaces what you are doing. If successful the new feature should roll out to regular users in a few weeks. Edge Canary can be downloaded from Microsoft here. Edge Canary gets new Favourites Search feature
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