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  1. Microsoft fixes Microsoft Edge 91 nag screens and startup page bug Microsoft has pushed out a fix for the Microsoft Edge 91 startup bugs and nag screens plaguing users since the new version of the browser was released. Last week, Microsoft Edge 91 was released, and users immediately began reporting that the browser was not opening to their configured startup page, and a 'Use recommended browser settings' nag screen being shown too often. Microsoft Edge nag screen Soon after we reported on these bugs, Microsoft pushed out what appears to be a configuration change, and users are now saying [1, 2] that the bugs are fixed after restarting the browser. When Microsoft Edge launches, it will connect to Microsoft servers and download a configuration file specific to your device. This configuration file contains various directives regarding what features are enabled, what experiments you are enrolled in, and other settings. A snippet of the Microsoft Edge configuration As we were affected by the bugs in the release of Microsoft Edge 91, we were able to test the new configuration changes, and the issues have been fixed on our end. While it is not clear what Microsoft changed to fix these issues, you can now close the browser and restart it again for the fix to go into effect. Thx to Opera for the tip! Microsoft fixes Microsoft Edge 91 nag screens and startup page bug
  2. Microsoft released Microsoft Edge 91 yesterday, and since then, users have been reporting constant nag screens, bugs, and problems using the new version of the web browser. Microsoft Edge 91 is a milestone release for the browser with numerous new features introduced, such as Price History, Cash Back & Rebates, Kids Mode, a new Pride theme, and personalized news. New features in Microsoft Edge 91 Microsoft Edge 91 release marred with bugs However, after upgrading to Microsoft Edge 91, users have been reporting numerous problems that BleepingComputer has reproduced on our own devices. The most annoying issue that people are experiencing is a new Microsoft Edge nag screen continuously shown on startup asking users if they want to 'Use recommended browser settings.' For some users, if they close the dialog or specify not to update the browser settings, the nag screen continues to show when they restart the browser. Use recommended browser settings nag screen In BleepingComputer's test, this only happened to us when Bing was not configured as the default search engine, but we cannot say for sure if that is the reason. Microsoft Edge users have also reported on Wilder Security Forums, Microsoft Edge Insider forums, and the Feedback Hub, that the browser Edge is no longer honoring their configured startup page and is opening the New Tab page instead. Feedback Hub report about ignored startup page BleepingComputer was able to reproduce this bug after we changed the startup page to BleepingComputer.com, and the New Tab page continued to open when we relaunched the browser. Finally, other users report stranger issues, such as a missing + symbol to open a new tab or unable to use the middle mouse button to open items in their Favorites folder. Microsoft Edge 91 missing the new tab + dialog Some users have reported that most of these problems go away after resetting Microsoft Edge to default settings. Thx to Opera for the tip! Source
  3. Microsoft says Edge 91 will be the best-performing browser on Windows 10 Microsoft's Build event for 2021 is about to kick off, and with it comes a torrent of announcements for developers and businesses. But there's also some news for Edge users, which are getting an update to version 91 later this week. Microsoft has said that, after the update, Edge will be the most performant browser on Windows 10, thanks to improvements made to two features: startup boost and sleeping tabs. First off, startup boost will help Edge launch even faster by running some core Edge processes in the background. Microsoft says this doesn't use additional resources when Edge windows are open. Naturally, to keep background processes running, some resources do have to be used before the browser is opened, though. As for sleeping tabs, Microsoft says it can help you save up to 82% in memory usage by putting inactive tabs to sleep. When a tab is put to sleep, Edge can do things like pause ads immediately, saving up resources right off the bat. There are also some Windows-specific improvements to save system resources in this update. You can customize sleeping tabs so they're put to sleep after a specific period of time, and protect certain websites from going to sleep if there's a risk of losing important content. Edge 91 is currently available in the Beta channel, so we already have a good idea of what other features will be in the stable release, like new color themes available out of the box, a new price history feature, and a password monitor. These user-facing announcements come on top of some developer news like the general availability of WebView2 in WinUI 3. Additionally, PWAs can now be submitted to the Microsoft Store. Source: Microsoft says Edge 91 will be the best-performing browser on Windows 10
  4. Microsoft Math Solver will be available as a preview feature in Microsoft Edge 91 Back in March, Microsoft started testing Math Solver feature in Microsoft Edge browser. Microsoft today announced that Math Solver will be available as a preview feature starting with Microsoft Edge 91 stable. Microsoft Math Solver allows anyone to snap a picture of a math problem and get an instant solution with step-by-step instructions to help them learn how to reach the solution on their own. Math Solver also offers many options to continue learning with additional materials such as quizzes, worksheets, and video tutorials. Microsoft Math Solver is available now in Microsoft Edge Canary, Dev, and Beta channels). You can go to the settings menu (…) in the top right corner of the browser, open More Tools and select Math Solver to use this feature. Source: Microsoft Source: Microsoft Math Solver will be available as a preview feature in Microsoft Edge 91
  5. You'll soon be able to hide the Edge title bar when using vertical tabs Microsoft's Edge browser is getting a very welcome improvement to vertical tabs - a feature that finally made it to the stable channel a couple of months ago after first being announced in March of 2020. Soon, you'll be able to hide the title bar of the browser when using vertical tabs, at least if a new flag spotted by Reddit user Leopeva64-2 is anything to go by. The flag is available in the latest version of Edge Canary, which is 92.0.891.0. Once you enable the flag, if you're using vertical tabs, you can right-click the title bar to see the option to hide it. The option is also shown if you right-click an empty area of the tab management side bar, or the New Tab button. A toggle for the feature can also be found in the Appearance section of the browser settings. Vertical tabs allow users to move their tabs from the top of the screen to the left side of the browser window, stacking them vertically instead. This allows each tab to get a larger text description, making it easier to find a specific tab when you have dozens of them open. However, some users have pointed that there's some wasted space because moving the tabs to the side of the window doesn't free the space at the top. Instead, it just displays the title of the current tab and the window controls. With this change, the space at the top of the browser window is freed up, with window controls being pushed next to the address bar and toolbar buttons. It may take some time for this capability to be fully rolled out, but the fact that it's on the way should already be good news for those using vertical tabs. If you want to try this out right now, you can download Edge Canary from the Edge Insider webpage, but as tends to be the case with preview software, you may face some instability. Source: You'll soon be able to hide the Edge title bar when using vertical tabs
  6. Edge for Linux is now available in the Beta channel A Linux version of Microsoft's Chromium-based Edge browser has long been in the works, with the Redmond company first teasing it at Build 2019 and officially announcing it later that year. However, it wasn't until October of last year that the Dev channel of the Edge Insider program debuted on Linux. Over six months later, it's now time for the Beta channel to make its way to Linux users, Microsoft announced today. Since its Linux debut back in October, Edge has gained some new capabilities, including the ability to sign in with a Microsoft account and enable syncing across devices. The availability of Edge Beta for Linux lines up with last week's release of Edge 91 in the Beta channel, and it includes those improvements we've seen over the past few months. It's been a long journey for Linux users so far, and given how long it's taken for the Beta channel to become available, there's no telling when a stable release will happen. Microsoft also doesn't offer the Canary channel of Edge - which gets updated on a daily basis at the expense of stability - for Linux. Either way, a Beta release should offer more stability than what we've had so far. Edge Beta for Linux is available as both a Debian/Ubuntu package and as an .rpm file for Fedora or openSUSE users. If you use the Windows Subsystem for Linux and you're a Windows Insider in the Dev channel, you can also try the Edge browser there, since Microsoft recently added support for Linux GUI apps in Windows 10. Source: Edge for Linux is now available in the Beta channel
  7. Microsoft Edge to add automatic HTTPS option for all domains Microsoft Edge will automatically redirect users to a secure HTTPS connection when visiting websites using the HTTP protocol, starting with version 92, coming in late July. By default, this new option will allow Edge users to switch from HTTP to HTTPS on websites that are likely to support the more secure protocol. However, users will also be able to configure the browser to upgrade all connections to HTTPS (Hypertext Transfer Protocol Secure) as the default internet communication protocol for all domains. "Starting with Microsoft Edge version 92, users will have the option to upgrade navigations from HTTP to HTTPS on domains likely to support this more secure protocol," Microsoft said. "This support can also be configured to attempt delivery over HTTPS for all domains." Blocks MITM attacks and web traffic tampering This change will further secure Edge users' web traffic against man-in-the-middle (MITM) attack attempts to snoop on data exchanged over unencrypted HTTP connections. Given that data sent and received via HTTP connections is not encrypted, malicious programs running on one's computer can easily monitor all the information sent over it, including passwords, credit card info, and various other sensitive info. Ensuring that you're always using HTTPS while browsing the Internet helps secure your data while in transit by encrypting the connection between the sites you're visiting and the web browser. HTTPS also makes sure that threat actors trying to snoop on your web traffic will not be able to alter any of the data exchanged with Internet sites without being detected. Other browsers also allow enabling HTTPS on all sites This move is part of a greater effort where browser vendors defend users from attackers attempting to intercept their unencrypted traffic by making it easier to browse the entire web over HTTPS. For instance, starting with version 90 released earlier this month, Google Chrome defaults to HTTPS for any URLs typed in the address bar if there's no protocol specified. With the release of Firefox 83, Mozilla also added an HTTPS-Only Mode that secures web browsing by automatically rewriting URLs to use the HTTPS protocol (while disabled by default, it can be enabled from the browser's settings). Until Microsoft Edge adds the Automatic HTTPS option, users can enable HTTPS for all sites with the help of the HTTPS Everywhere extension available on Microsoft's Edge Add-ons store. Source: Microsoft Edge to add automatic HTTPS option for all domains
  8. Final Edge Dev build based on Chromium 91 includes new printing options and more Though it came a little later than it usually does, Microsoft has released its weekly build of the Edge browser to Insiders running the Dev channel version of the browser. This week's update brings the version number to 91.0.864.1, and as promised last week, it's likely the last build based on Chromium 91 in the Dev channel. Edge 91 should move to the Beta channel soon, while the Dev channel will move on to version 92. There are no mind-blowing new features in this release, but it does include some notable improvements. Specifically, it's now possible to print documents at their actual size or choose to fit them to the page, and a new prompt when trying to close a browser window with multiple tabs. Here's the full list of new features: Added options to print documents at their actual size or to fit them to the page. Added an option to prompt before closing a window with multiple tabs open. Added the ability to clear Media Foundation data on demand. Note that on-exit is coming later. Enabled Math Helper by default on Mac and Windows now that the rollout has completed. Added a management policy to enable Math Solver. Enabled support for the Chromium management policy to control Explicitly Allowed Network Ports. Added support for ClickOnce on Windows 7. As usual, the new build also comes with an array of fixes and improvements. First off, there are some reliability-focused fixes, which should help prevent crashes in the browser. Here's the full list: Fixed a crash when dragging and dropping tabs. Fixed a crash on launch that makes it appear as though the browser isn’t opening. Fixed an issue where certain websites crash a few seconds after loading. Fixed a crash when interacting with the Favorites popup. Fixed a crash when sorting Collections. Fixed a crash when Collections sync is enabled. Fixed a crash when closing tabs while popups like the Find On Page bar are open. Fixed a crash when Shopping is enabled. There's also a list of fixes for Edge's behavior, and it's a lengthy one this week. If you've noticed broken favicons in the new tab page, that should be fixed with this update: Fixed an issue where the favicons for the Top Sites tiles on the New Tab Page are broken. Fixed an issue where Collections appear to have no items in them even though they do. Fixed an issue Collections deletes and undeletes sometimes don’t work or don’t sync. Fixed an issue where the Site Information popup incorrectly states that webpages currently being viewed in Immersive Reader are aren’t secure even though the original webpage was. Fixed an issue where the management policy to Save Cookies On Exit isn’t working for certain websites when the Default Cookies Setting is set to delete cookies on exit (option 4). Fixed an issue on Linux where online voices for Read Aloud sometimes aren’t working. Fixed an issue where the basic authentication prompt appears for websites when the Windows Hello prompt is expected because a management policy is set. Improved the Immersive Reader keyboard shortcut to apply to more pages. Fixed an issue where Immersive Reader eligibility for some pages unexpectedly disappears when interacting with the pages. Fixed an issue tab drag and drop sometimes doesn’t work with vertical tabs if tabs are pinned. Fixed an issue where websites that are installed as apps sometimes don’t handle links that should open in them (instead, the links open in regular tabs). Fixed an issue where translating web pages can sometimes cause content on them to disappear. Fixed an issue where dropdowns on webpages appear to be autofill data even when they aren’t. Fixed an issue where the Device Mode button in the F12 Dev Tools sometimes doesn’t work. Fixed an issue where right-clicking on Collections sometimes doesn’t bring up the correct menu. Fixed an issue where popups from IE mode tabs sometimes open in regular tabs instead of IE ones. Obsoleted the management policy to enable Proactive Auth. Finally, there are still some known issues in this release, which is to be expected in the Dev channel. Most of the known issues have been around for a while. Here's the full list: Certain extensions such as the Microsoft Editor extension don’t work on Linux. As soon as they’re installed, they crash and are disabled. We’re currently investigating. Users of certain ad blocking extensions may experience playback errors on Youtube. As a workaround, temporarily disabling the extension should allow playback to proceed. See this help article for more details. Some users are still running into an issue where all tabs and extensions immediately crash with a STATUS_INVALID_IMAGE_HASH error. The most common cause of this error is outdated security or antivirus software from vendors like Symantec, and in those cases, updating that software will fix it. Users of the Kaspersky Internet Suite who have the associated extension installed may sometimes see webpages like Gmail fail to load. This failure is due to the main Kaspersky software being out of date, and is thus fixed by making sure the latest version is installed. Some users are still seeing favorites get duplicated. This issue should be reduced now that automatic deduplication has been introduced into Insider channels, but we’re still rolling that out in Stable. We’ve also seen duplication happen when running the manual deduplicator on multiple machines before either machine has a chance to fully sync its changes, so make sure to leave plenty of time in between runs of the deduplicator. Some users are seeing “wobbling” behavior when scrolling using trackpad gestures or touchscreens, where scrolling in one dimension also causes the page to subtly scroll back and forth in the other. Note that this only affects certain websites and seems to be worse on certain devices. This is most likely related to our ongoing work to bring scrolling back to parity with Edge Legacy’s behavior, so if this behavior is undesirable, you can temporarily turn it off by disabling the edge://flags/#edge-experimental-scrolling flag. The update should install itself automatically sooner rather than later, but if you'd rather not wait for it to happen, you can head into the browser's settings to check for updates manually. If you're using Edge on iOS, Microsoft recently announced that it's opening up the TestFlight program to test the new version of the browser that's part of the process to unify the codebase across platforms. A new version of Edge Canary has also recently been made available on Android. Source: Final Edge Dev build based on Chromium 91 includes new printing options and more
  9. Microsoft Edge is getting a performance mode on Windows 10 Microsoft Edge is an incredible desktop browser, packing basically all important features available on the market today. Microsoft is now working on a new feature called “performance mode”, designed specifically for performance, especially when you’re gaming or using other apps. In 2020, Microsoft introduced Sleeping Tabs to reduce the amount of RAM and CPU (processing) power used by the browser. This feature alone isn’t enough to improve the overall system performance as there are factors affecting Edge’s RAM and CPU usage on Windows 10. As shown in the screenshot below, Microsoft Edge is now adding a new “Performance mode” option to the System settings of the browser. When enabled, Edge will try to optimize overall web browsing speed, responsiveness and reduce CPU, RAM and battery usage without affecting the overall experience. However, Microsoft noted that the performance improvements will vary and the result ultimately depends on users browsing habits. Performance mode in Microsoft Edge aims to reduce overall resources usage In our tests, we observed that that “performance mode” forces Sleeping Tabs when tabs are inactive for five minutes. By default, sleeping tabs are set to go to sleep after two hours of inactivity. When performance mode is enabled, Edge will discard tabs after only five minutes of inactivity and you can still wake up a sleeping tab by simply clicking on it. Microsoft Edge will also detect heavy resources activity in the background (such as audio or video) and block those tabs from sleeping. As you may be aware, Edge’s sleeping mode is based on a core Chromium technology that prevents background activities and scripts to minimize resource usage while saving the browsing data. This should cut down memory, CPU and battery usage in most cases. In addition to the sleeping tab, Edge’s performance mode will also tweak other browser settings to improve the performance. It’s worth noting that all sites and browser features work as before after enabling the performance mode. The feature is currently available in Microsoft Edge Canary 91 for select users and should make its way into the stable release later this year. Source: Microsoft Edge is getting a performance mode on Windows 10
  10. Microsoft Edge 90 is out with Kids Mode and more Right on schedule, Microsoft is releasing Edge 90 today. The big hero feature of this version is Kids Mode, something that was first introduced in the lower channels back in February. The idea, as you can probably guess, is to provide a safer browsing experience for children. There are two separate settings for Kids Mode based on your child's age, so you can set it for 5-8 or 9-11. All you have to do if click on the profile picker in the top-right and choose "Browse in Kids Mode". In order to get back, you'll need to authenticate your account so kids can't do it themselves. First of all, tracking prevention is set to the maximum level in Kids Mode, no matter which age group you choose. There's also a white-list of about 70 sites, although as Microsoft said you'd be able to do from the beginning, you can customize that list. You also get Bing SafeSearch to make sure that adult content is blocked in search results. All of that stuff is for both age groups, but if you choose 9-12, there are some perks. For example, there's a news feed on the New Tab Page with content from MSN for Kids. These can be about science, fun facts, animals, and more. There are also browser themes that are based on Disney titles like Frozen, The Little Mermaid, Cars, Toy Story, and Coco. Along with Kids Mode, there are a few other minor new features, such as a better history search. The whole idea is to make search terms a bit more like natural language. So, instead of trying to remember the name of that book that caught your eye while you were shopping yesterday, you'll be able to search for something like, "book from yesterday". Password Monitor is now generally available. It actually started rolling out back in January, but it should be available for everyone now. It lets you know if any of your passwords have been found on the dark web. To manually update your Edge browser, you can go to Settings -> About Microsoft Edge. If you don't do that, the browser will be updated in the background at some point today. Source: Microsoft Edge 90 is out with Kids Mode and more
  11. Microsoft Edge for Android released as a preview Microsoft released Microsoft Edge for Android today to the public. Android users who want to try out Edge for Android can download and install the development version from Google Play. Microsoft Edge Canary for Android is compatible with Android 5.0 and newer devices. Microsoft Edge for Android is based on the latest version of Chromium, the current stable version of Microsoft Edge is based on a very old version of Chromium. Microsoft's Store description reveals that it plans to release daily updates. Want to be one of the first to preview what’s new? The Microsoft Edge preview channels are now available for mobile! This is the Microsoft Edge Canary channel for Android. Canary will be released daily to keep you up to date on our progress. Your feedback is what helps us improve, so download now and let us know what you think. The mobile browser displays prompts on first start. Most notably is a data collecting prompt that is unchecked by default, the option to customize the browser's new tab page and theme, and an option to add a Microsoft account for syncing. The browser opens its tab page by default. It contains a few links to popular destinations, e.g. Wikipedia, Facebook, BBC and Amazon, and a search field to run searches on Bing or type addresses directly. The interface design is different from Chromium and Google Chrome. Edge displays an account icon in the upper left corner, and the new tab page customization option in the upper right corner. Users who are looking for settings and other options need to activate the three-dots icon at the bottom of the screen. It displays links to internal pages, including favorites, downloads and settings. and also quick link actions such as "add to collection" or "search web". Edge for Android includes tracking protection and SmartScreen protection, powered by Microsoft Defender. Just like most Chromium-based browsers, Edge does not support the installation of browser extensions. Closing Words Microsoft Edge for Canary is the first step in launching the new browser on Google's Android platform. Microsoft has not revealed when it plans to release the first stable version of Android. Source: Microsoft Edge for Android released as a preview
  12. Google Chrome, Microsoft Edge zero-day vulnerability shared on Twitter A security researcher has dropped a zero-day remote code execution vulnerability on Twitter that works on the current version of Google Chrome and Microsoft Edge. A zero-day vulnerability is a security bug that has been publicly disclosed but has not been patched in the released version of the affected software. Today, security researcher Rajvardhan Agarwal released a working proof-of-concept (PoC) exploit for a remote code execution vulnerability for the V8 JavaScript engine in Chromium-based browsers. Just here to drop a chrome 0day. Yes you read that right.https://t.co/sKDKmRYWBP pic.twitter.com/PpVJrVitLR — Rajvardhan Agarwal (@r4j0x00) April 12, 2021 While Agarwal states that the vulnerability is fixed in the latest version of the V8 JavaScript engine, it is not clear when Google will roll out the Google Chrome. When the PoC HTML file, and its corresponding JavaScript file, are loaded in a Chromium-based browser, it will exploit the vulnerability to launch the Windows calculator (calc.exe) program. While no developer likes a zero-day release for their software, the good thing is that Agarwal's zero-day cannot currently escape the browser's sandbox. The Chrome sandbox is a browser security boundary that prevents remote code execution vulnerabilities from launching programs on the host computer. For Agarwal's zero-day RCE exploit to work, it would need to be chained with another vulnerability that can allow the exploit to escape the Chromium sandbox. To test the exploit, BleepingComputer launched the Microsoft Edge and Google Chrome browsers with the --no-sandbox flag, which turns off the Chromium sandbox. With the sandbox disabled, we could use Agarwal's exploit to launch Calculator on our Windows 10 device. Our tests' exploitable versions are Google Chrome 89.0.4389.114 and Microsoft Edge 89.0.774.76, which are the latest versions in the Stable channel. This vulnerability is believed to be the same one used by Dataflow Security's Bruno Keith and Niklas Baumstark at Pwn2Own 2021, where the researchers exploited Google Chrome and Microsoft Edge. getting popped with our own bugs wasn't on my bingo card for 2021. not sure it was too smart of Google to add that regression test right away... https://t.co/e0RUlmbxRK — Niklas B (@_niklasb) April 12, 2021 Google is expected to release Chrome 90 to the Stable channel tomorrow, and we will have to see if the upcoming version includes a fix for this zero-day RCE vulnerability. BleepingComputer has contacted Google about the zero-day but has not received a reply as of yet. Source: Google Chrome, Microsoft Edge zero-day vulnerability shared on Twitter
  13. 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
  14. 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
  15. 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
  16. 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
  17. 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
  18. 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
  19. 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
  20. 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
  21. 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
  22. 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
  23. 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
  24. 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
  25. 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
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