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  1. RIP: Microsoft Edge Legacy nuked by April Windows Updates Microsoft has confirmed that today's release of mandatory Patch Tuesday updates will automatically remove Edge Legacy and replace it with the new Chromium-based Edge. Chromium-based Edge was released in January 2020 and Microsoft started pre-installing it on all devices that shipped with Windows 10 October 2020 Update. In older versions of Windows 10, users who wished to use it could download it from the Microsoft Edge site or wait for the mandatory Windows Update. With the April edition of Patch Tuesday updates, Microsoft Edge Legacy (based on EdgeHTML) will be permanently removed and replaced with the Chromium Microsoft Edge (based on Blink). "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 company said. After applying the April Patch Tuesday, Microsoft Edge (Chromium) will become an essential and mandatory component of the operating system in all supported versions of Windows 10. Microsoft Edge Legacy If you still use legacy Edge or you've blocked the Chromium Edge update using group policies/registry hacks, those settings will be ignored and the legacy version will be removed automatically. Microsoft is forcing the Chromium-based Edge because support for the legacy version ended last month. According to the company, the forced migration will make sure that all Windows users have access to the supported and secure version of Microsoft Edge. Source: RIP: Microsoft Edge Legacy nuked by April Windows Updates
  2. First Look at Microsoft Edge's Workspaces feature Microsoft Edge is getting a new feature called Workspaces. Workspaces are designed to improve the manageability of open sites in the browser, by using different workspaces for different tasks. The feature is being tested in Microsoft Edge Canary builds currently, but only available in some installations at the time of writing; there is a way, however, to unlock it in the browser. Users who want to give it a try need to launch Edge with the parameter --enable-features=msWorkspaces. A Workspaces icon is displayed in the top left corner of the Microsoft Edge screen when the feature is enabled. A click on it displays information about the feature -- Organize your browsing activities with Workspaces -- and an option to create a new workspace. You may specify a name and a color for a workspace that you create in the browser. All tabs open of the browser are moved into the first workspace that is created. Additional workspaces start with a new tab open, only. Each additional workspace is opened in a separate window, while all existing workspaces stay open. You may use each workspace just like a regular browser window. Microsoft Edge remembers each Workspace when you close the window, and you get options to reopen a workspace at any time, even after a complete browser shutdown. Workspaces don't get opened automatically on a new browser start; instead, a blank non-workspace instance is opened by default. In other words: Edge remembers the sites and tabs that are open in a workspace, and provides users with options to launch these at any time. Workspaces can be removed as well, which deletes them permanently. It seems that Microsoft Edge will support two tab management features in the near future: workspaces to use permanent separate browsing windows, and tab groups, to group tabs displayed in a window. Workspaces is not an entirely new feature. Opera Software introduced Workspaces in Opera 67 back in February 2020 to improve tab manageability. Microsoft's version is not an identical copy but it works similar nevertheless. Closing Words Tab management options, like groups, containers, or workspaces, are being added to many browsers these days. The Workspaces feature fits perfectly, especially since it is adding permanent spaces to the browser that users can open whenever they need to access a specific workspace. Now You: what is your take on the Workspaces feature? (via Deskmodder / Leopeva) Source: First Look at Microsoft Edge's Workspaces feature
  3. Microsoft Edge gets option to fade Sleeping Tabs Microsoft introduced the Sleeping Tabs feature in Microsoft Edge Canary 87 back in September 2020. The company rolled out the feature to all Edge users in Edge 89, released earlier this month. Designed to improve performance by unloading sites in tabs, Sleeping Tabs helps improve battery life and reduce memory usage in Edge. Microsoft states that tabs that are put to sleep use 26% less CPU on average, and that the browser's memory use is reduced by 16% on average. Edge users who have never used the feature may check it out by loading edge://settings/system in the browser's address bar. The "Save resources" section on the page that opens lists the Sleeping Tabs preferences. You may toggle the feature there, set the inactivity time for tabs before they are put into sleep mode, and add sites to a disallow list so that they are never put to sleep. Work on the feature continues, and Microsoft added a new option to the latest Edge Canary version. In case you are wondering, I discovered the feature in Edge Canary 91.0.838.0. You can check the version of the browser by loading edge://settings/help in the address bar. Fade Sleeping Tabs is listed as a new feature on the page. It was enabled by default in the Edge Canary test version. The feature fades the icons of sites that are put to sleep in Edge. It is easy to overlook at first, but if you check the tab bar or sidebar listing after some use of the browser, you may notice that some of the icons are faded while others are not. Faded tabs use fewer resources than loaded tabs. It is a visual distinguisher that makes it easier for users to distinguish between sleep mode tabs and tabs that are active. Microsoft does not reveal why the feature is fading the icon of a sleeping tab only; it is likely that the readability of the title would have worsened considerably if the title would have been faded as well by the feature. Tip: check out our overview of tab snoozing / sleeping /freezing features in major web browsers. Now You: do you use your browser's sleep tab functionality if it is provided? (via Deskmodder.de) Source: Microsoft Edge gets option to fade Sleeping Tabs
  4. Microsoft Edge bug prevents users from closing the browser on Windows 10 Microsoft Edge was recently updated with “Startup boost“, a new feature that allows the browser to launch even faster after a system reboot on Windows 10. For those uninitiated, the startup boost feature maximizes Microsoft Edge’s performance on Windows 10 by launching certain browser processes when a device is powered on. This allows the Chromium browser to exist in a “state of readiness”. In Microsoft Edge 89, startup boost is automatically enabled without user interaction and Microsoft claims it can improve startup times by 29 to 41 percent. Unfortunately, after Microsoft automatically enabled startup boost, some users started reporting performance issues, including a bug where closing the Edge window doesn’t quit the browser and it will relaunch again. It will also continue to run in the background — something you might never notice unless you open Task Manager. “Found multiple instances of Edge running in the background and when I turned off Startup Boost, everything returned to normal. I haven’t noticed any difference in performance when this feature was enabled/disabled. Only that it took an impact on my CPU which caused my games to lag horribly,” one user noted. Users have also observed another frustrating problem where Microsoft Edge will reopen immediately after exiting. “On my laptop, with this feature enabled, after closing Edge, it will open again, and close, and open again. Only by Option -> Close Microsoft Edge can close it completely,” another user confirmed the bug in a post on Microsoft forums. Microsoft is investigating Edge performance issues Fortunately, Microsoft is aware of the reports and the company is now pushing a server-side update that will temporarily disable startup boost. “Hi everyone, I wanted to let you know we decided to temporarily disable startup boost since it was causing a frustrating issue for some users,” Microsoft noted in an update to the FAQ page on March 19. “Our team is working on fixing a couple of issues where some customers are seeing the browser reopen immediately after exiting and/or a message about reopening tabs when startup boost is enabled,” Microsoft said in a statement. Microsoft is also exploring other “potential solutions”. However, in the meantime, disabling startup boost is the best workaround. Source: Microsoft Edge bug prevents users from closing the browser on Windows 10
  5. First Look at Microsoft Edge's Math Solver Math Solver is a new feature of Microsoft's Edge web browser that is being tested in development versions currently. The feature, just like many others, is slowly being rolled out to the entire development population. At least in Edge Canary, it should be possible to enable the feature if it is not enabled by default. Check Menu > More Tools to find out about that; if you see Math Solver listed, it is enabled already. If you don't, do the following to enable it: Load edge://flags/#edge-math-solver in the browser's address bar. Set the Math Solver in Microsoft Edge status to Enabled. Restart the web browser. Select Menu > More Tools > Math Solver to start the tool in the browser. Edge loads Math Solver in a sidebar on the right and lists two main options to use the tool: by typing a math problem, or by selecting a math problem on the active webpage. Selecting a math problem to get it solved and explained Selecting works similarly to capturing non-fullscreen screenshots. Select the option to get started, and draw a rectangle around the math problem on the active webpage. The selection option works with text but also non-text math problems, e.g. if an image displays a math problem. Math Solver detects the problem and solves it for you in a matter of seconds. You may edit the math problem at the top of the sidebar, useful if mistakes were made during the detection process. Options to display complete steps for solving the problem are provided, often more than one, e.g. factoring or quadratic formula. A graph may be displayed as well. Recommended videos, linking to Khan Academy instructions, are listed on the same page as well; these explain basic concepts to solve the math problem at hand. Typing works similarly, but it is necessary to type the entire math problem directly. A math keyboard is offered for that that can be expanded. Closing Words Math Solver is based on Microsoft's Math Solver application, which you can access on this webpage directly, but also download for Android or iOS. The tool works well and many students will certainly appreciate the functionality that it offers. Whether it is necessary to integrate the tool into the Edge browser is up for debate. Another option would have been to release it as a browser extension so that users who are interested in the tool can install it in Edge. Source: First Look at Microsoft Edge's Math Solver
  6. Microsoft Edge tests fix for DNS-over-HTTPS performance issues Microsoft is testing a fix for performance issues in Microsoft Edge’s DNS-over-HTTPS feature and has once again enabled a list of suggested DoH servers. DNS-over-HTTPS (DoH) allows DNS resolution to be performed over an encrypted HTTPS connection rather than through normal plain text DNS lookups. As some governments and ISPs block connections to sites by monitoring DNS traffic, DoH will allow users to bypass censorship, prevent spoofing attacks, and increase privacy as their DNS requests cannot be as easily monitored. Microsoft Edge added support for DNS-over-HTTPS (DoH) in version 86, but the prepopulated DoH providers list/configuration pane was removed after users began reporting performance issues. “Due to a performance issue recently discovered with DNS-over-HTTPS, we have temporarily turned off the built-in list of providers and the auto-upgrade logic that looks at your OS’s DNS setting. Manually providing a resolver URL is still supported,” Microsoft Edge engineer Alex Rowell explained in an Edge Insider forum post. Microsoft has begun testing a fix for the DNS-over-HTTPS (DoH) performance issues, and you now access the built-in list of providers once again in the latest Microsoft Edge Canary and Dev builds. Prepopulated list of DoH providers in Microsoft Edge The current suggested DoH providers are CleanBrowsing, Cloudflare (1.1.1.1), Quad9 (9.9.9.9), NextDNS, Google (Public DNS), and OpenDNS. How to enable DoH in Microsoft Edge DoH support is included in all Microsoft Edge builds, but the feature is not enabled by default. If you want to use DoH when making DNS queries, you need to follow these steps: Open Edge Settings. Head to the Privacy, search, and services tab. Under "Security," locate the "Use secure DNS to specify how to lookup the network address for websites" option. Enable it and use either your current service provider or choose an alternate DNS-over-HTTPS provider, such as Cloudflare and Google. If you select to use your current service provider, and that provider does not support DoH, your DNS queries will revert back to the normal insecure DNS protocol. You can test if DNS-over-HTTPS is working correctly by visiting Cloudflare's Browsing Experience Security Check page, which will report whether DoH is working, as shown below. Cloudflare's Browser Experience Security Check page If your current provider shows that Secure DNS (DoH) is not working, you can select one of the preconfigured DNS servers if on Edge Beta, Edge Dev, and Edge Canary and try the test again. Sometimes you may need to restart the browser after making a DoH change. If you are using the current Microsoft Edge Stable, which does not currently contain the prepopulated list to choose from, you can select 'Choose a service provider' and manually enter one of the following DoH provider's URLs: Cloudflare: https://chrome.cloudflare-dns.com/dns-query Xfinity: https://doh.xfinity.com/dns-query{?dns} Google: https://dns.google/dns-query{?dns} Quan9: https://dns11.quad9.net/dns-query Windows 10 is getting native DoH support Microsoft is also bringing DoH settings to Windows 10, which will allow you to browse all of your apps securely. If you want to test built-in DoH settings in Windows 10, you need to join the Windows Insider program and download a beta build from the Dev Channel. Once you've upgraded, follow these steps: On Ethernet (wired) connections, open Settings > Network & Internet > Status. Click Properties and select Edit DNS server assignment , set it for Manual, enter a preferred DoH DNS provider, then select Encrypted only (DNS over HTTPS). Windows 10 DNS-over-HTTPS (DoH) settings When done, press the Save button to save your changes and exit. For Wi-Fi (wireless) connections, you can perform the same steps as above. H/T Techdows Source: Microsoft Edge tests fix for DNS-over-HTTPS performance issues
  7. Microsoft Edge is getting a new Colour Picker and theming options Microsoft is working on surfacing theming options better in their Edge browser. The company has added a new flag to Edge called “Enable picker for colour based themes.” The flag adds a new colour-based theme picker in Edge Appearance settings. Old New The new theme picker surfaces 13 new colour-based themes and adds a prominent link to themes in the Chrome Web Store. The colours are similar to those offered by Google on the Chrome Web Store, but with Microsoft’s own names and delivers results such as this: The new flag is available in the latest Edge Dev and Edge Canary builds. It is not known when it will become available to mainstream users. via Techdows Microsoft Edge is getting a new Colour Picker and theming options
  8. Microsoft Edge: work on vertical tabs continues, now with resizing support Microsoft revealed plans to introduce support for displaying tabs vertically in the company's Edge web browser in May 2020. Vertical Tabs supported was added to development versions of Microsoft Edge in October 2020; users of the browser could activate the option in the browser's settings. Doing so would hide the horizontal tab bar and display a vertical tabs sidebar instead that would display tabs on the left side of the browser. Vertical tabs offer benefits to users, especially on widescreen devices. Tabs are displayed in a hierarchical structure in the sidebar, and the extra space means that more tabs with page titles can be displayed at the same time. Moving tabs around is also much easier thanks to easier drag and drop support. Support is still in an experimental stage as certain features are not implemented at this point in time. One of these features, the ability to resize the tabs sidebar, has now been implemented in the latest Edge Canary build. All you need to do is move the mouse cursor over the sidebar border; the icon changes and you may click and drag to resize the sidebar. You may reduce the size to make up more room for the display of websites, or increase it to make sure all page titles are displayed properly, even in lower levels of the hierarchical structure. Closing Words The option to resize the tabs sidebar is a welcome addition but the implementation in Edge is still missing important features, such as the ability to display the tabs sidebar on the right of the browser windows. The Vivaldi browser supports this and many more features. Still, with Edge introducing support for sidebar tabs in the stable version eventually, it could attract new users to the browser. Source: Microsoft Edge: work on vertical tabs continues, now with resizing support
  9. Microsoft has a new Extended Stable channel for Edge that gets updated every eight weeks Last week, Google announced that Chromium, and its in-house Chrome browser, are shifting to a four-week release schedule. That's compared to the six-week release cycle that we're all used to. If it's not obvious, all Chromium-based browsers are going to be on-board with this, including Microsoft Edge, as was confirmed in a blog post. More interesting, however, is that there's going to be a fourth channel called Extended Stable, which is designed for businesses that are worried about stability. The Extended Stable channel will receive new versions of the browser every eight weeks, so you'll pretty much be opting into receiving every other version. Microsoft also says that these users will also get biweekly security updates. We have a little while before any of this happens. Right now, Edge / Chromium is currently on version 89, and the new release schedule isn't going to happen until Chromium 94. That's not expected to arrive in the stable channel until early September. Once it's there, presumably, you'll be able to opt into the new Extended Stable channel. Obviously, the Canary and Dev channels are going to get new updates daily and weekly, respectively, as they always have. It's the Beta and Stable channels that are changing to four weeks instead of six weeks, and of course, the Extended Stable channel is new. You can check out the release schedule here. Source: Microsoft has a new Extended Stable channel for Edge that gets updated every eight weeks
  10. Microsoft Edge on macOS introduces native update experience in the Canary channel Microsoft Edge on macOS will soon get the same native update experience that Windows users have been enjoying since launch. The new update experience is already live in Edge Canary version 90.0.816.0 or newer, though it’s currently only available on Intel-based Macs and must be enabled via the edge://flags menu. On macOS, Microsoft Edge updates currently go through the same Microsoft AutoUpdate app that the company uses to update the non-Mac App Store versions of Office for Mac. The Edge team has acknowledged that this process can be confusing and slow, especially as the edge://settings/help page was “not always consistent with Microsoft AutoUpdate in showing update availability.” With this new Edge-native experience, Edge updates will be handled within the browser and be automatically installed in the background, just like it works on Windows. When an update is available, the pop up notifications from the Microsoft AutoUpdate app will be replaced by a badge over the app’s Ellipsis menu. This new native update experience will need to go through Edge’s different Insider channels before it becomes generally available on macOS. It will also be coming soon to Macs with M1 chips, the Edge team said yesterday. Source: Microsoft Edge on macOS introduces native update experience in the Canary channel
  11. Microsoft Edge is getting a new immersive reader for Wikipedia Today, Microsoft is making a major change to the way Wikipedia looks and works in Microsoft Edge. The new Wikipedia experience is part of the browser’s existing “Immersive Reader” mode, which strips the website’s sidebar and non-essential elements to display text in a clean format. All Wikipedia pages (55+ million) now fully support Immersive Reader in Edge. The new impressive reading experience is still rolling out and it also comes with a quick way to navigate the pages with ‘Table of Contents’. As you can see in the screenshot below, you can now click on the “Table of Contents” icon to open the navigation pane on the left side of the window. This will allow you to quickly navigate between sections of the page and you can close the pane anytime by click on ‘X’ button. Microsoft is also introducing a new feature that will allow you to collapse data tables as you read. For example, after the update, you can hide the non-essential tables to focus on other important data tables. For long data tablets, Microsoft Edge in Immersive Reader mode will only display the first few rows. If you want to see the complete table or the rest of the rows, you would need to click on the “show more” button, as shown in the above screenshot. How to test the new Immersive Reader in Edge Like every other Chromium browser, Microsoft Edge has multiple release channels to test new features and improvements before they reach end-users. Currently, this new immersive reader update is rolling out to select users in the Canary Channel. If your browser is included in the first batch of A/B testing, you should be able to open Wikipedia pages in Immersive Reader by clicking on the ‘book and speaker’ icon in the address bar. In addition to these changes, Microsoft is also working on a new ‘Shared Links’ experience for Edge, which is expected to improve your workflow, especially when your device is connected to Microsoft 365. Source: Microsoft Edge is getting a new immersive reader for Wikipedia
  12. Microsoft releases Edge Dev channel build 90.0.818.0 with improved Collections and more Microsoft today released the new v 90.0.818.0 build for Edge Dev channel users. This new build comes with the ability to sort overall Collections, ability for users to manually search through their autofill data, and more. This build also comes with several bug fixes. Find the full change log of Edge Dev Channel build below. Added features: Added the ability to sort overall Collections. Added the ability to drag and drop downloaded files from the list in the Downloads popup into webpages or folders. Added the ability for users to manually search through their autofill data by pressing the / key. Added an option to the Disable Developer Mode Extensions popup to stop showing it. Note that this popup only appears in Beta and Stable. Finished rolling out the new Downloads popup menu. Finished rolling out Startup Boost. Improved reliability: Fixed an issue where Edge may be unusable the first time it is opened after an update, but closing and re-opening it fixes it. Fixed an issue where using an extension that has a popup menu in a PWA or website installed as an app causes the browser to crash. Fixed a hang when uninstalling a PWA or website installed as an app. Fixed a crash when opening the Web Widget. Fixed an issue where interacting with the Web Widget when the browser is using a Guest session sometimes leads to a crash. Fixed an issue where some webpages crash upon loading. Fixed an issue where some videos appear black but audio plays fine. Fixed an issue where images don’t display properly on certain websites. Edge Dev Channel Changed behavior: Improved the Site Information popup. Fixed an issue where the Profiles Settings page sometimes shows a broken image with the message “HIDE_HEADER”. Fixed an issue where focus automatically moves into the Downloads menu when it appears to ask users what to do with a pending download. Fixed an issue where adding notes to a Web Capture causes the captured image to go blank. Fixed an issue on Mac where the Tab menu has a duplicate option to Select Next Tab. Fixed an issue where tabs forget they’re supposed to be horizontal after exiting fullscreen. Fixed an issue where some webpages appear too wide and can’t be scrolled to see all their content. Fixed an issue on Linux where scrolling the vertical tabs pane switches the active tab instead of scrolling the pane. Fixed an issue where the “See more in sidebar” link in dictionary definitions in PDFs doesn’t work. Fixed an issue where changing the browser’s zoom settings also incorrectly affects the Web Widget. Fixed an issue where installing a PWA or website as an app sometimes results in the app having no favicon even though the website did before it was installed. Deprecated the management policy to control the SSL Version Min. 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 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. 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. Source: Microsoft releases Edge Dev channel build 90.0.818.0 with improved Collections and more
  13. How to enable Tab Scrolling in Microsoft Edge Microsoft Edge is a Chromium-based web browser, and as such limited to the same default tab handling mechanics as other Chromium-based browsers. By default, tabs get smaller and smaller the more you open, but there is no option to scroll them. Microsoft did introduce support for vertical tabs in the recent release of Edge 89 Stable, and the feature is suggested to users when too many tabs are opened. If you prefer to use a horizontal tab bar on the other hand, you are left with little when it comes to managing lots of tabs in Edge. You could install a browser extension to improve tab management, or, if you run the Canary version, enable tab scrolling. Tab Scrolling is not a feature that Microsoft added to the browser; instead, it is a feature that is added to the Chromium core. You can enable it in Google Chrome development versions right now, but when you check the flags page in Edge, you will notice that the flag is missing. It appears that Microsoft did remove it, but not all is lost, as you can still enable the feature in Edge Canary. All you need to do is add a startup parameter to Microsoft Edge to enable it in the browser. Here is how that is done: Right-click on the Edge icon on the taskbar, right-click again on Microsoft Edge, and select Properties from the menu. Locate the target field, add a space at the end, and paste the following parameter afterwards: --enable-features=ScrollableTabStrip It should show up like that (apart from the username "marti"): "C:\Users\marti\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Edge SxS\Application\msedge.exe" --enable-features=ScrollableTabStrip Click on OK to save the change. Restart Microsoft Edge Canary. Once restarted, the following things happen: Edge does not reduce the width of tabs below a minimum threshold anymore (that is larger than the default). Not all tabs may be visible anymore at once because of that. You may use the mousewheel to scroll tabs in the browser's tab bar when you hover the cursor over the bar. Note: the feature is experimental at this point in time. It is possible that Microsoft is removing support for it entirely in the browser, or that it is adding support for it at one time. For now, it works in development versions of Edge but not in stable versions. How to enable Tab Scrolling in Microsoft Edge
  14. New Microsoft Edge hits Xbox One, Series X/S with latest Insider update The new and improved Microsoft Edge hits Xbox consoles for select testers. What you need to know Microsoft has debuted the latest iteration of its Microsoft Edge web browser on Xbox consoles. The new Chromium variant of Microsoft Edge supersedes the legacy EdgeHTML version of the browser, with end-of-support status for the desktop client slated for later this month. The new Microsoft Edge is now available to Alpha Skip Ahead Xbox Insiders, with a broader public rollout expected over the weeks ahead. Microsoft has debuted its all-new Microsoft Edge browser on Xbox consoles, providing a long-awaited refresh to the web experience on Xbox One and Xbox Series X/S devices. The new and improved Edge saw its PC overhaul last year, stemming from plans unveiled in 2018 to rebrand and rebuild the app. It's currently available to a subset of Xbox Insiders and on track to replace the aging legacy Microsoft Edge widely available today. The new Microsoft Edge delivers a new look and feel, switching the inbuilt browser from EdgeHTML to one based on the open-source Chromium Project. The engine changes hugely improve compatibility and usability in most instances while also adding new features previously unavailable with the now-abandoned legacy Edge browser. Its Xbox arrival marks the latest expansion of the app, available for testing through the bleeding-edge Alpha Skip Ahead ring, which provides the earliest access to future updates. Source: Windows Central Source: Windows Central Microsoft Edge returns with all the core benefits and features seen with previous platforms, albeit fine-tuned for Xbox and living room usage. The user interface comes tuned around controller input, with mouse and keyboard support currently absent. Skip Ahead testers who install the latest Xbox system update will automatically find the new Edge in their apps library. The new Microsoft Edge hits Xbox with an important end-of-support date fast approaching the legacy Microsoft Edge desktop app. The company hopes to transition users to the latest app by March 9, 2021, at which point legacy Edge security updates will be discontinued. While infrequent among countless games and apps, web browsing remains crucial to Xbox consoles. The new update looks poised to keep its current Xbox family updated with the latest available version of the browser, headed into the latest Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S generation. Source: New Microsoft Edge hits Xbox One, Series X/S with latest Insider update
  15. Microsoft is working on Password Import option for its Edge browser Microsoft is working in a password import option for its Edge web browser. Current versions of the Chromium-based version of Microsoft Edge -- the classic version is retired this month -- support exporting passwords to CSV files, but lack options to import passwords from CSV files. Users who want to import passwords into Edge, e.g. from a password manager or another copy of the browser that runs on a different machine, face difficulties in current versions of the web browser. While you can use sync to synchronize passwords between Edge instances, no such option exist to bring passwords saved in password managers into the browser's password storage. Microsoft launched a new option in Microsoft Edge Canary 90 that is designed to change that. It is an experimental option at the time of writing, and that means that it is possible that it will never land in stable versions of the browser. It seems unlikely that this is going to be the case for the password import option, considering that it is an essential feature of any browser. Here is how you enable it currently (note that this changes once the feature lands in Edge stable, as you don't need to enable it anymore when that happens): Load edge://flags/#PasswordImport in the Microsoft Edge address bar. Change the status of the experiment from Default to Enabled. Restart the web browser. Password importing is now enabled. Here is how you access the new option: Load edge://settings/passwords in the Edge address bar to open the Passwords settings. Scroll down to the Saved Passwords section on the page and activate the three-dots menu on the right of it. Select the import passwords option. A file browser window opens. Select a CSV file with passwords to load it in Edge. Microsoft does not reveal which formats it supports, e.g. if CSV export formats of popular password managers or other browsers are supported, or if only the importing of previously exported Edge passwords is supported. It remains to be seen if this is going to be clarified by the company before the official launch of the feature later this year. Microsoft is working on Password Import option for its Edge browser
  16. Microsoft working to unify Edge codebase on all platforms, mobile betas coming soon Microsoft has been adding a bunch of useful features to its Chromium-based Edge browser, with the latest round of updates bumping the offering to version 89 on the desktop, bringing performance improvements to browser launches, sleeping tabs for better resource management, and the general availability of vertical tabs. The company recently added Collections and tabs and history sync to the mobile versions. However, the Android version of the app is still based on version 77, with an update to the underlying version long overdue. That might be changing soon, as the company showed a slide during an Ignite session video (highlighted by Reddit user SumitDh on a Reddit thread) titled “Microsoft Edge | Mobile Productivity in the Enterprise” that noted that the company will be moving to a common codebase for the desktop, Android, and iOS versions later this year. However, due to Apple's App Store guidelines, the underlying rendering engine on iOS will continue to be WebKit, just like Chrome on iOS. The reason for the change that the company notes is that currently, the development of any new features needs to be done “three times” since they must be built for Android, iOS, and the desktop (Windows, Mac, and Linux) separately, owing to the different codebases. This also causes challenges with rolling out features to all platforms simultaneously. With the unification of the codebases, the mobile versions will also gain feature parity with competing browsers such as Chrome. The Redmond firm also adds that the migration to a common codebase helps developers and enterprises since existing policies can easily be migrated to apply to mobile devices as well for the latter. This is in addition to the improved “engineering efficiency” for the team to bring features from the desktop to mobile, where applicable. The change will also result in much-needed performance improvements on Android, making the offering a viable alternative to Google’s offering and other Chromium-based browsers on the platform. The company says that the effort to unify the codebase has been in the works for the past year and that it will be releasing a public beta for Android and iOS customers “in the coming months”. It will be interesting to see what features make it to the mobile versions from the desktop in the future. Microsoft working to unify Edge codebase on all platforms, mobile betas coming soon
  17. Microsoft is testing a built-in 'Math Solver' in its Edge browser The Edge Canary channel is updated on a daily basis with new features and fixes added frequently. Recently, Microsoft added an option in the preview channel allowing users to open Office files directly in the browser. Enhancements like these get promoted to Dev and then Beta channels before finally being made available to the public, provided everything goes well. Now, it appears that Microsoft is testing a built-in "Math Solver" for its Edge browser. Image credit: Leopeva 64-2 (Reddit) As spotted by Reddit user Leopeva64-2, a new configuration called "Show Math Solver button" may show up in the Settings > Appearance section for Edge Canary. Clicking on it will add a button next to the omnibox pane at the top. This feature may not be available to everyone yet as part of Microsoft's controlled rollout plans. We don't have it on our test devices either. Once you click on it, you'll be given two options; either to type in the mathematical problem manually or get a window that you can crop over a mathematical problem on the screen, similar to the Snipping Tool available in Windows 10. Regardless of the option you choose, Math Solver will solve the equation and provide you with the answer along with all the relevant working. The functionality and mechanism are quite similar to what you see in computational software like WolframAlpha. Although it is still in testing, Math Solver could be particularly useful for students and professionals who have to solve mathematical problems on the fly. The built-in feature would also allow for greater efficiency as users won't have to navigate to websites like WolframAlpha to solve their problems. It obviously features additional functionalities on top of the standard Calculator in Windows 10 since it shows the working as well. That said, the limitations of the capability are not known and we haven't been able to extensively test it from our side either. It remains to be seen whether Math Solver will eventually makes it way to the general public. Microsoft is testing a built-in 'Math Solver' in its Edge browser
  18. Microsoft Edge 89 is out with sleeping tabs and more Today, Microsoft is releasing a big update for its Edge browser, bringing it to Edge 89. It's right on schedule, as the browser gets updated every six weeks. As usual, it comes with a bunch of new features. One of them is sleeping tabs. Many of us have tons of tabs open while we're working, so if a tab is inactive for a couple of hours, it's going to basically shut down. You'll notice it when the tab looks dim, and if you click it, the tab reactivates and reloads the webpage. Obviously, you can turn this off in settings if you want to. Microsoft said that a sleeping tab uses 26% less CPU than a regular one, and it uses 16% less memory. The firm said that it built the feature on top of Chromium's freezing technology that stops scripts from running on inactive tabs. Naturally, fewer resources used results in a better overall experience. The other key feature that Microsoft touted in the announcement is startup boost. When the feature is enabled, startup times get boosted by between 29% and 41%. Microsoft says that it manages this by running some core Edge processes in the background without adding more when the browser is open. Microsoft also said that there are some new Chromium features in this build that boost performance as well, such as an "intensive throttling" feature. Edge 89 is out today, with startup boost arriving on Windows and sleeping tabs arriving on both Windows and macOS. Microsoft Edge 89 is out with sleeping tabs and more
  19. Microsoft releases Edge Dev channel build 90.0.810.1 with resizable vertical tabs, more Microsoft today released the new v 90.0.810.1 build for Edge Dev channel users. This new build comes with the ability to resize vertical tab, PDF reader improvements and more. Highlights include: Added the ability to drag and drop links onto the vertical tabs pane to open them in a new tab. Added the ability to resize the vertical tabs pane. Added support for more in-page translation languages. Finished rolling out the new mini context menus in PDFs. Improved reliability: Fixed a crash on launch. Fixed a crash when adding a browser profile. Fixed a crash when right-clicking. Fixed a crash when dragging something into the vertical tabs pane. Fixed a crash on Mac when manually checking for Edge updates. Fixed a crash when printing multiple pages per sheet. Fixed a crash when playing audio. Fixed a crash on launch for work or school users with multiple browser profiles. Fixed a hang when closing Edge. Fixed a hang when opening Edge. Fixed an issue where website navigations sometimes fail when using a proxy. Fixed an issue where searching in the sidebar fails if too much text is selected as the search term. Fixed an issue where Edge stops getting updates when running on certain devices. Changed behaviour: Fixed an issue where a profile error with the text “Some features not available. Something went wrong.” appears when opening Edge. Fixed an issue where opening subsequent favorites in a new tab from a folder dropdown on the favorites bar fails. Improved performance when searching for favorites. Fixed an issue where the active tab’s text appears grayed out, as if it weren’t active. Fixed an issue where the Downloads popup icon doesn’t appear on the toolbar while downloading a file of indeterminate size. Fixed an issue where printing only certain pages sometimes results in all pages getting printed. Fixed an issue where Edge shows an “unsupported hardware” message on certain devices. Fixed an issue where the Shopping icon appears on websites it shouldn’t. Fixed an issue where the Syllables toggle in Grammar Tools isn’t working. Fixed an issue where selecting text in a PDF and then scrolling with a touchscreen or pen gesture causes the text to de-select. Fixed an issue where the vertical tabs pane scrolls unexpectedly for pinned tabs users. Fixed an issue where the Web Widget sometimes gets its own Taskbar icon when it shouldn’t. Fixed an issue where opening a PWA or website installed as an app from a shortcut sometimes results in the site being opened in a regular browser tab instead of in its own window. Fixed an issue where resetting a PWA or website installed as an app from Windows Settings leaves the app in a buggy state where Windows shortcut don’t properly launch it anymore. Fixed an issue where an incorrect message about finding harmful software on your computer is sometimes displayed when signing out of Edge. Fixed an issue where the upcoming Extensions menu appears on PWAs and websites installed as apps when it shouldn’t. Fixed an issue where certain address bar icons stay in the address bar even for websites they don’t apply to when navigating an IE mode tab. 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. Microsoft is 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 Microsoft is 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. 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 90.0.810.1 with resizable vertical tabs, more
  20. Microsoft Edge is getting a new Extensions menu in the toolbar, now available for Insiders Microsoft recently introduced a bunch of changes to the Edge browser that were aimed at improving the usability of the offering. These include the revamped favorites and history menus, a streamlined downloads UI, and more recently, the enhancements to Collections. Today, the firm announced another change coming to select Dev and Canary channel users, and this time, it relates to extensions. Users that tend to use multiple extensions might have a cluttered toolbar owing to all the icons crowding the real estate next to the Omnibox. The only alternatives are to either move icons into the ellipsis menu or access them through the dedicated extensions page. Now, the Redmond firm is adding a dedicated Extensions menu in the toolbar that serves a flyout menu with the list of available extensions, similar to the history and Collections menus. Users can easily move the desired extensions by right-clicking on the desired icons and hide them from the toolbar. The Extensions menu – similar to the one present in Google Chrome – not only contains the available extensions but also a view/hide toggle that users can use to choose which shortcuts are needed to be displayed on the toolbar, helping reduce clutter and avoid displaying infrequently used extensions. The three-dot menu contains more options such as the ability to remove an extension altogether or navigate to granular settings for the selected offering. Lastly, the menu also contains quick links to the Edge Addons page and the dedicated extension settings page. While the change is currently rolling out to users running Dev and Canary channel builds, it is part of a Controlled Feature Roll-out (CFR), meaning that not every user running the test builds will receive the feature right away. Considering that the change is minor, it should not be too long before it makes it to more users. Interestingly, a listing in the Edge Feature Roadmap page suggests that the feature is slated for release with version 89, which is expected to be released to the stable channel this week. It is possible that the change will be released via a minor mid-stream update or a server-side switch after the firm completes testing it with Insiders. Microsoft Edge is getting a new Extensions menu in the toolbar, now available for Insiders
  21. Here are the features coming to the new Edge PDF reader Microsoft has been spending the last two years bringing the PDF reader in the new Chromium-based Edge up to the same standard as the PDF reader in their Edge-HTML-powered browser. The client now supports: Current features Reading and Navigation: Table of Contents enables you to view the contents of PDF files and navigate to different parts seamlessly, improving your productivity. Page view enables you to view the PDF file in a book format, with the option to view the cover page separately. Caret mode lets you navigate through your PDF files and select text directly through your keyboard by enabling Caret mode by pressing F7. Accessibility support including keyboard accessibility, screen reader support, and capability to view PDFs in high contrast mode. Fill basic PDF forms directly in the browser. (Please note that XFA forms are currently not supported) Annotation tools: Ink on PDF files with colors and stroke width of your choice. Text notes can be added quickly to text in the file to jot down thoughts for easy reference later. Create highlights with Highlight mode enables you to draw attention to parts of the PDF that you find interesting. With Highlight mode, you can now create highlights directly by selecting text, as you would do with a highlighter and paper. In-context annotations opens a quick menu right when you select text on PDF files, enabling you to take quick actions as highlight, copy without losing context. Enterprise and Education: Read Aloud is now supported on PDF documents. You can use it either to retain focus while reading through it or to listen to PDF documents while multitasking! Dictionary and search through in-context menu keeps helps you understand the content and research better, while keeping you in context. Open Microsoft Information Protection (MIP) and Information Rights Management (IRM) protected PDFs and view permissions seamlessly within Microsoft Edge, without the need of any add-ins. MIP adds a layer of security to your documents. It ensures that only the users who have certain permissions such as view, copy, annotate can take those actions on the file. Hence, no matter where the document goes, the data of your organization remains secure. Certificate based Digital Signatures, which is currently under preview allows you to view and validate digital signatures present on PDF documents directly in the browser. Coming soon Recently Microsoft posted a list of features coming to the client in the near future including: View recovery: On re-opening a PDF file, reach your last-read location easily. Viewing MIP files protected in other tenants: This will enable you to view the files protected in other organizations, or in other tenants in the organization. Validate Certificate based Digital Signatures: We’re currently working on adding support for signatures with long-term validity. Roadmap These are the features Microsoft hopes to implement some time in the future: File preview of PDF files in File Explorer and Outlook Support for adding text boxes for form filling Viewing labels of protected files Digital Signatures: Validating ETSI signatures Add Digital Signatures Accessibility improvements: Advanced capability to fill forms and navigate through a PDF document using screen readers. If there is a feature missing you prefer Microsoft add to the list, the company suggests you send detailed feedback by going to “ … menu > Help and feedback > Send feedback” in Edge. Here are the features coming to the new Edge PDF reader
  22. 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
  23. 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
  24. 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
  25. 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
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