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  1. Edge Canary has a new Windows 11 “visual update” flag Microsoft has added a new flag to Edge Canary aimed at adapting the design of the browser UI either to Windows 10 or Windows 11, depending on what you are running. The “Enable Windows 11 Visual Updates” flag claims to enable “in-progress visuals appropriate for your currently installed version of Windows.” When enabled, the flag appears to deliver the same change on both Windows 10 and Windows 11, mainly a change to the font style and size. An example of the change, which is present in most browser menus, can be seen above. There does not appear to be any other changes, though of course, this may change over time. Source: Leo Varela Edge Canary has a new Windows 11 “visual update” flag
  2. Microsoft Edge Dev and Canary builds get a new Share menu with an 'Email to myself' feature Microsoft today announced that it is rolling out a new share menu for users running Canary and Dev builds of Microsoft Edge on the desktop, bringing a design that is akin to what is present on mobile apps. The new Share menu replaces the default. Windows and macOS share option, providing users with quick share targets in the way of app icons and a nifty way to add one’s email address to share webpages with themselves. The native share menu, however, can be accessed by clicking on the “share options” icon. Currently, the new menu supports a small list of apps that include Outlook, Gmail, LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter, and WhatsApp – which is more than the existing options in the stable version. The firm says that it will be adding support for more apps in the coming weeks. Tapping on any of the app options opens those services in a new tab with the requisite information. There is also the option to copy a link to the webpage, similar to the option present in the native flyout on Windows. The other interesting and useful option being added especially for those who like to email themselves webpage links is the ‘Email to myself’ feature. Users can save their own email addresses and quickly share links to those addresses right from the browser. Clicking on the saved IDs automatically populates an email with the webpage title in the subject line and the URL in the body. This feature might prove useful for those who do not enable tab or history syncing on their mobile devices or use a different browser on their phones. Since the feature is just beginning to roll out to Dev and Canary channel builds, not all users will receive it right away. The Redmond firm says that it will be adding a separate flag to Edge Canary in the next few days to force-enable the feature. Microsoft Edge Dev and Canary builds get a new Share menu with an 'Email to myself' feature
  3. The Microsoft Edge browser is getting a new Share sheet Microsoft is testing a new Share sheet in the latest Edge Canary builds. The new Share Sheet replaces the native Windows 10 share sheet, though this is still accessible via a link. The new sheet behaves like other Edge menu pop-ups and includes specific links to social networks, and also allows you to email links to yourself. When you want to invoke the native Windows 10 Share sheet, you can click on the Windows Share Options button. The new sheet does not appear to be available to everyone yet, but will presumable come to dev builds in a few weeks if it passes its tests. Source: Leo Varela The Microsoft Edge browser is getting a new Share sheet
  4. Microsoft is testing Edge auto-fill for custom fields The auto-completion of passwords and payment details has to a large degree enabled the e-commerce revolution, and today we can report that Microsoft is looking to expand that capability to more areas. In the latest Edge Canary builds, Microsoft is offering users to save and edit details for custom fields such as passport or account numbers, so you would only ever have to enter them once. Users would be able to specify if the number is sensitive (e.g. payment details) in which case Edge would as you to authenticate first before filling in the details. The feature is currently being tested in insider versions via a controlled roll-out. via Leo Varela Microsoft is testing Edge auto-fill for custom fields
  5. New Edge Canary build brings new UI for downloads Microsoft is readying a new UI for downloads in the Chromium-based Edge browser, and if you're an Edge Insider in the Canary channel, you can test it right now. With the latest version of the browser, you'll notice that new downloads no longer show up in a download bar at the bottom of the browser window. Instead, they'll now show up in a small pop-up just below the toolbar, which shows all the ongoing and most recent downloads. You can also choose to see more downloads to see your download history without going to a new tab. The pop-up window also includes the ability to search in your downloads or open your downloads folder in File Explorer. The new UI is in line with the redesigned experiences of the Favorites and History sections that Microsoft has brought out in the past couple of months. Just like with those, you can pin the entire download history to the side of the browser window so they're always accessible, or you can pin an icon to the toolbar so the list is only visible when you need it. We noticed the change on build 90.0.784.0 of Edge, which is only available in the Canary channel right now, though based on our testing on multiple machines, it doesn't seem t be available for everyone. It shouldn't take long for it to come to the Dev channel, but those running Beta or stable builds will likely have to wait a while longer. If you want to know about other features coming to Edge, Microsoft recently published a new roadmap for the browser. New Edge Canary build brings new UI for downloads
  6. Edge Canary gets new Favourites Search feature Microsoft has added a new Favourites search feature to Edge Canary. Previously to search your favourite needed to click the Manage Favourites button and search your favourites in the new page which opened. The update to Edge Canary 90.0.782.0 brings the ability to search your favourites directly from the favourites pop-up. Favourites Search can also be accessed by typing Control-Shift-O. The feature is also an improvement over Bookmark Search in Chrome, which opens a new page which replaces what you are doing. If successful the new feature should roll out to regular users in a few weeks. Edge Canary can be downloaded from Microsoft here. Edge Canary gets new Favourites Search feature
  7. Microsoft details a couple of inking improvements made to Edge Dev and Canary builds Microsoft has announced a few new improvements coming to the inking experience on Microsoft Edge. The firm says that it has been working on enhancing the experience of using a stylus on PDFs and other areas, based on user feedback and that it aims to address issues with using not just the pen but the combination of pen and touch. The first of the improvements being made currently to the Dev and Canary channel builds is to ink strokes. The company says that it has received feedback that inking on PDF documents feels jittery and is not smooth, which is why it is adopting “the latest of Microsoft inking library on web” to enhance the experience. Another issue that the Redmond firm is addressing is the inadvertent inking using touch, even when using a digital stylus. While the company recently added a feature that automatically disables inking with touch when the browser detects a digital pen – helping users scroll easily with a finger –, the company is giving users more manual control with the addition of a button to completely disable inking with touch. This UI element shows up on PDFs and web captures and acts as a manual override to prevent accidental inking, further improving the inking experience. The company urges Insiders to try out these features in the builds from the Dev and Canary channels and provide feedback. Considering that these are small yet nifty improvements, it shouldn’t be long before these features make it to the Beta and Stable channels of the browser. Microsoft details a couple of inking improvements made to Edge Dev and Canary builds
  8. Microsoft Edge will now warn you when you close multiple tabs When Microsoft made a shift to the Chromium framework, the Edge team promised to bring all the features of Legacy Edge to the new Chromium Edge browser. While the company did deliver on that promise, it missed the option that warned users when they try closing multiple tabs. Now, Microsoft Edge has updated its Canary branch to add support for the same. The feature is currently hidden behind a flag and can be enabled by searching for “Ask before closing multiple tabs” in edge://flags (via Techdows). Once found, you will need to enable the feature and relaunch the web browser. You will then need to follow the steps below to enable the feature: Open Microsoft Edge Canary click on the three dots on the top right corner Navigate to Settings > Appearance Enable the “Ask before Closing multiple tabs” option Once done, Microsoft Edge will warn you when you are trying to close multiple tabs. You can then either click on "Close All" to close all the tabs or click "Cancel". If you no longer want to get the pop-up warning then you can either select "Don't ask me again" or follow the aforementioned steps to toggle off the option. The feature is currently available on Microsoft Edge Canary version 89 which is expected to hit the stable channel in March 2021. Microsoft Edge will now warn you when you close multiple tabs
  9. Microsoft Edge gets Chromium's Tab Groups feature The Canary version of the Chromium-based Microsoft Edge web browser supports the tab groups feature in its latest version. Google introduced support for tab groups in Google Chrome as a way for users to better manage tabs. Chrome users can create new tab groups and use drag & drop to add or remove sites from groups. Support for custom names and colors is available to better distinguish tab groups from one another. Google added support for collapsing tab groups in 2020 to hide all open tabs of a group from Chrome's tab bar. The most recent Microsoft Edge Canary version supports tabs group now as well. The feature is not enabled by default and users interested in enabling it need to enable several experimental flags at the time to do so. The functionality itself is identical to that of Google Chrome and other Chromium-based browsers that have it already. Here is how that is done: Load edge://flags/#edge-tab-groups in the browser's address bar and set the flag to Enabled; this is the main Tab Groups flag that unlocks the core functionality. If you want tab group collapsing, load edge://flags/#edge-tab-groups-collapse in the address bar and set it to Enabled. If you want Edge to freeze collapsed tabs, load edge://flags/#edge-tab-groups-collapse-freezing and set the flag to Enabled. If you want the auto-creation of tab groups, load edge://flags/#edge-tab-groups-auto-create and set the flag to Enabled. Restart Microsoft Edge when you are done. Right-click on any open tab in Microsoft Edge and select Add Tab To A New Group to create a new tab group. Once you have created at least one group, you may use drag and drop to add or remove tabs. The right-click option changes to Add Tab To Group afterwards and includes options to add the tab to an existing group and to create a new group. A left-click on the tab group title collapses the list of open tabs that it contains, a second click expands the list again. Right-click on the title of a tab group to open the configuration overlay. You may use it to change the name of the tab group and its color. Options to create a new tab in the group, ungroup, close the group, and to move the group to a new window are provided as well. One of the main advantages of using tab groups in most Chromium-based browsers is that it improves tab management, and deals with tab overload in browsers such as Google Chrome. Chrome stops showing site names or icons eventually as you open new tabs in the browser, and in the end, new tabs don't even get an icon anymore in the toolbar so that it becomes impossible to open them without using some sort of third-party extension or closing existing tabs. Microsoft's implementation does not expand collapsed tab groups when you restart the browser; in Chrome, tab groups do get expanded automatically when you start it. The feature works well with Microsoft Edge's vertical tabs feature. You can download the Canary version of Microsoft Edge from Microsoft's website. Closing Words It will take some time before the new feature becomes available in stable versions of Microsoft Edge. Even then, it may be disabled by default. Vivaldi's tab stacks feature offers better options at the time, and Mozilla's Containers feature advanced features that improve privacy among other things. Microsoft Edge gets Chromium's Tab Groups feature
  10. Microsoft Edge gets the ability to generate unique passwords for the users Microsoft has added another highly requested feature that should help users when creating a new account on any website. With the latest Edge updates, users can now take the browser's help to generate strong and unique passwords for different websites, as spotted by Techdows. The feature is currently limited to Edge Canary and Dev builds, but if you are using one of those then you can just visit a website and click on create a new account to try the feature out for yourself. Once you have entered all the information and selected the Edge's suggested password, the browser will add your credentials to the saved password list so you don't have to remember it. If you're already using a password manager or don't want password recommendations from Microsoft Edge then you can follow the steps below to disable the feature: Open Microsoft Edge and click on the ellipsis icon (...) on the top right corner of the browser. Navigate to Settings > Profiles > Passwords. Find the "Suggest strong passwords” setting and turn off the toggle to disable the feature. You can always go back to the passwords menu if you want to enable the feature again in the future. Microsoft Edge Canary and Dev are currently on version 87 which is expected to roll out to Beta users in the near future. Edge Stable users, on the other hand, recently received version 85 and will have to wait for the next update to try out the new features. Microsoft Edge gets the ability to generate unique passwords for the users
  11. Microsoft is testing a startup booster for its Edge browser Microsoft is running an experiment in the latest Microsoft Edge Canary version to find out if the changes can speed up the startup of the web browser. Called Startup Boost, it is available to a subset of Edge Canary users only at the time of writing. The feature is not available as an experimental flag that users can enable in the browser to make use of it. Additionally, it is only available for Edge on Windows and not other operating systems and platforms. Startup Boost configures the Windows operating system to load a number of core Microsoft Edge files on startup to speed up the loading of the web browser by the user once the operating system's desktop has loaded; this is done with low priority to avoid interference with the startup of the system. In the best case, users should not notice a delay in system start but an improvement when Edge is started. Microsoft released a Startup Boost FAQ on its Tech Community website. Users who have been selected for the experiment can control Startup Boost from this page in Edge: edge://settings/system. Just open the page in the browser's address bar and change the status of the Startup Boost feature (Enabled or Disabled). If you don't see Startup Boost on the page, you cannot use it at the time of writing (the screenshot below shows a system settings page without the feature as my system has not been selected by Microsoft for the experiment). Microsoft explains the benefits of Startup Boost in the following way: When you log on after device start-up or restart or when your browser is closed, Microsoft Edge will start more quickly when it is launched from the taskbar, desktop, and hyperlinks embedded in other applications. Company engineers monitor the data of the experiment and may remove the feature from devices that don't see a positive impact. The feature is being rolled out to more devices, and will land eventually on devices that did not have it already. Organizations may use a policy to enable or disable the feature. Microsoft does not reveal which policy in the FAQ though. Closing Words Devices with slow hard drives and processors, and little RAM, may see the most improvements thanks to the preloading of parts of the Edge browser. The gain will likely be negligible on devices that use cutting edge hardware, e.g. a fast NVMe SSD and a modern processor. Microsoft is testing a startup booster for its Edge browser
  12. Edge PWAs can now have tabs in the latest Canary build; here's how to enable them Progressive Web Apps (PWAs) on the Chromium-based Edge browser are getting the ability to be open as tabbed windows. With the latest update released in the Canary channel of the Edge Insider program, version 88.0.678.0, the feature has been added under a hidden flag, originally spotted by Reddit user Leopeva24-2. Currently, a PWA can only work as regular window, so any click that would cause links to open in a new tab would take you back to the main Edge window. With tabbed windows for PWAs, opening links in new tabs will open a new tab inside the PWA, as long as the link itself is part of the same website as the PWA itself. So, for something like Twitter, you may be able to open tweets and or user profiles within the same Twitter window, but opening articles from within Twitter will still take you to a regular Edge window. In order to enable this feature, you'll need to enter edge://flags in your address bar, then search for "Desktop PWA tab strips". Once you enable the flag, you'll be prompted to restart the browser. Now, when installing a new web app, such as Twitter, the prompt will ask whether you want it to behave as a tabbed window or not. Check the box and the installed app will now be able to open multiple tabs. It's worth noting that the change won't retroactively affect your installed apps. If you want to turn your current PWAs into tabbed windows, you'll need to uninstall them and install them again. Based on our testing, there are still some slight visual glitches, such as the page title being displayed behind the open tabs and extending to the whole tab strip. That shouldn't be much of a surprise since the feature is only available in the Canary channel and hidden behind an experimental flag. The experience should be more fleshed out by the time it's more widely available. Edge PWAs can now have tabs in the latest Canary build; here's how to enable them
  13. Microsoft Edge is getting a great new way to move tabs from one profile to another Great news for anyone who works in multiple browser profiles (Image credit: Shutterstock / monticello) Microsoft is constantly experimenting with new features in Edge, and this is perfectly demonstrated by the activity that goes on in the Beta, Dev and Canary builds of the web browser. The company's latest tinkering can be found in Edge Canary, and it could revolutionise the way you work with tabs. If you have multiple profile set up in Edge – perhaps a work one and a personal one to keep things separate, or to make it easier for people sharing your computer to keep their bookmark to themselves – Microsoft is introducing a way to easily move tabs from one profile to another. With the new feature enabled, you will be able to very quickly move tabs from the current profile to another one without the need to copy and paste anything. Available for both Windows and macOS version of Edge, an optional setting makes it possible to bounce tabs between profiles via the context menu. As this is an experimental feature at the moment, the way it works may end up changing slightly – or completely – before it lands in the release version of Microsoft Edge. This is perfectly illustrated by Microsoft's Aaron Gustafson asking for feedback about how the feature should function: Get moving To take advantage of this great new feature, you need to be running the Canary build of Microsoft Edge. You can download this experimental version of the browser by signing up for the Microsoft Edge Insider program, and there's nothing to stop you from running the Canary build of Edge alongside the main release. With Edge Canary installed, fire up the browser and head to edge://flags/#edge-move-tabs-to-profile-window. Use the drop-down menu under the Enable move tabs to a different profile window setting to Enabled, and then restart the browser. To use the feature. you just need to right click on a tab and select the option labelled Move tab to [profile name] window. When you switch to that profile, you'll find the tab waiting for you. Via OnMSFT Microsoft Edge is getting a great new way to move tabs from one profile to another
  14. Microsoft usually only provides detailed changelogs for Edge builds in the Dev channel, but today, the company has changed things up with a forum post dedicated to the latest Canary build, which carries number 80.0.319.0. The company says it's still determining if it will keep publishing daily changelog posts for Canary builds and is gauging interest in them. To kick things off, Microsoft posted the changelog in a very cryptic way, but user Cameron_Bush managed to decipher the text. Despite being on a daily release cycle, there's quite a lot that's new in the build, including the ability to import browsing history from Firefox, as well as support for extensions that change the browser's appearance from the Chrome Web Store - though in our testing this doesn't seem to be referring to themes. Here's what's new: Created an easier way to add a favorite. Opening collections items can now be done via the keyboard. Downloads now warn you of dangerous items. Extensions now show the publisher's information. New options for organising installed apps. Additional zoom options are now available. Microphone or camera use is now shown in the address bar. Extensions that modify the browser's appearance can now be installed from the chrome web store. Opening apps can now be done via the keyboard. Firefox history can now be imported. Just like with Dev builds, Microsoft is providing two lists of fixes and improvements, one for behavior and one for reliability. Here's the list of reliability fixes: Favorites opened via touchscreen no longer crash the browser. Intranet sites no longer hang when loading. Reopening windows no longer fails. Several application guard crashes have been fixed. Tracking prevention exceptions can now be added without the settings page occasionally crashing. Windows can no longer be created offscreen. Improved the password import success rate. New tabs opened quickly now always succeed. Downloads no longer fail if you quickly close the tab. Opening InPrivate windows no longer fails. Windows closed quickly now stay closed. Saving PDF documents no longer crashes the tab. Finally, here are the behavior changes in this release, which include more frequent checks for updates to the browser: Temporarily removed the new PDF toolbar. Organising extensions can now be done by individual sources like the web store or unpacked files. Standard form controls are now accessible. History items are spaced better. Intranet searches now appear in the address bar. Performing searches from the address bar now saves that data to the cloud so it can sync to other devices. Wording on error pages has been improved. Intranet search performance has been improved. Tabs created offscreen can now be switched to. History items cleared with the clear browsing data dialog are now properly deleted from the current session. Images on certain webpages are no longer squished. Edge now checks for updates more frequently. The latest build should now be rolling out to everyone in the Canary channel, and these improvements should be available to Insiders in the Dev channel sometime next week. Source: Today's Edge Canary build lets users import browsing history from Firefox (via Neowin)
  15. Windows 10's built-in Edge browser (now informally called Legacy Edge) has always natively supported ARM64, or at least since Windows on ARM was a thing. But up until now, those testing out Microsoft's new Chromium-based Edge browser haven't been able to run it natively on ARM; they could only get the x86 version running in emulation. Now, testers can finally use native ARM64 Edge Chromium. While most 32-bit Intel apps run fine in virtualization on ARM processors, browsers don't. Browsers generate code in real-time, making it hard to cache. That means that for Windows on ARM to be truly viable, there needs to be native browsers. Up until now, the only web browsers that ran native on ARM64 PCs were Edge Spartan and Firefox, the latter of which was announced back in December. But while native Firefox was announced at the same event as Chromium, Firefox was available for testing in January. Edge is now the first Chromium-based browser to have a shipping version running on native ARM64, albeit not from the stable channel. I've been told that Chrome won't be coming until next year. For now, ARM64 Edge Chromium is only available in the Canary channel. It will be coming to Dev and Beta channels soon; however, it won't be in the stable channel when it's generally available on January 15. Source: Microsoft's Chromium-powered Edge browser is now available for ARM64 PCs (via Neowin)
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