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  1. ‘Send page to self’ feature comes to Edge Canary Microsoft has implemented Google Chrome’s ‘”Send to your device'” feature in the latest version of the Edge Canary browser. The feature is designed to easily send a page you are currently browsing to another device you own such as your smartphone or another PC. Till now, besides the native share dialogue, Microsoft only had the QRCode generator to share pages, which is of course not ideal for PC to PC sharing. The feature can be accessed via right-clicking on a page, right-clicking on a tag or via the address bar. When shared, the link will pop up as a web notification in the other browser. The feature is currently available in the Edge Canary browser, but it appears to be rolling out slowly, as not everyone has access to it at present. via Leo Varela Source: ‘Send page to self’ feature comes to Edge Canary
  2. Microsoft Edge Canary now allow users to run PWAs at Windows startup Microsoft has been working on improving the PWA experience for Edge users. Recently the company added a flag to allow pinned PWAs to show shortcuts. Now, Microsoft has added another feature to improve the experience for Chromium Edge users. The new feature allows Microsoft Edge Canary users to launch PWAs at Windows startup (via Techdows). Google recently added this feature to Chrome Canary and now Microsoft has updated the Edge Canary branch to add the feature as well. If you are using Microsoft Edge Canary then you can follow the steps below to enable the feature: Open Microsoft Edge Canary (version 85.0.535.0 or later) Type edge://flags in the address bar Now search for “Desktop PWAs run on OS login” and select 'Enable' from the drop-down box Restart the browser This should enable the feature on your web browser. You can try it out by going to a website that supports PWA and clicking the "Install" option on the address bar. In the install app dialog box, check “Start app when you sign in to your computer” option and click install. This will install the app and will launch it the next time you turn on your PC. Like Google, Microsoft has also not added an option to remove a PWA from startup. The only possible ways to do it is by uninstalling the app and reinstalling again or by removing it from the startup folder. To do that, press Windows+R to open Run and enter "%APPDATA%\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\Startup" to open the startup folder and delete the shortcut. Microsoft Edge Canary now allow users to run PWAs at Windows startup
  3. Microsoft Edge's upcoming feature will suspend inactive tabs to save resources Since the release of Chromium-based Edge, Microsoft has been working along with Google to improve the Chromium framework for all the Chromium web browsers. After helping Google reduce the battery drain, Microsoft is now working on another feature that will reduce the resource usage on Microsoft Edge. Called 'Sleeping Tabs', the new feature will suspend inactive tabs to free up resources. The feature was added to Microsoft Edge Canary recently (via Techdows) and is currently hidden behind a flag. If you are using Microsoft Edge Canary then you can enable the feature by following the steps below: Open Microsoft Edge and go to 'edge://flags' Type 'Enable Sleeping Tabs' in the search bar on the top Click on the drop-down menu and select 'Enable' Restart the browser Once Sleeping Tabs is enabled, you can navigate to ellipsis menu > Settings > System and enable 'Save resources with sleeping tabs' under Save resources. You can also specify the time after which Edge will automatically put inactive tabs to sleep. Furthermore, you can add websites that you want to be active to the exception list. Lastly, you can also enable the 'Enable immediate timeout for Sleeping Tabs' flag to put tabs to sleep immediately. This option will override the 'Put inactive tabs to sleep after the specified amount of time' option available under the Save resources menu. Microsoft Edge Canary is currently on version 87.0.643.0 which is expected to roll out to Dev 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's upcoming feature will suspend inactive tabs to save resources
  4. Microsoft is testing a 'Web Capture' feature in Edge Canary One of legacy Edge’s standout features was the ability to quickly annotate on a webpage’s screenshot right frrm the browser. However, with the move to Chromium-based Edge, that feature was lost. While the company is working to bring the ability to annotate on PDFs using a digital stylus, it looks like it is also testing a Web Capture feature for users running Edge Canary. The feature is currently being tested as part of an A/B test effort, with the ‘Web Capture’ option sitting in the ellipsis menu. The feature icon features a pen, suggesting that the firm could add annotation capabilities in the future. For now, though, the tool lets users select a section of a webpage and either copy it to the clipboard, preview it and save the image, or share it. Folks over at Aggiornamenti Lumia got the feature to work and posted a short video on Twitter: It would not be surprising if the firm adds support for drawing and annotating on the screenshot before it makes the option widely available for testing. Currently, one of the in-built options to annotate on screenshots directly is to use the Snip and Sketch feature in Windows. The feature is mapped to the Windows+Shift+S screenshot which lets users select a part of the screen and draw on it. Considering that the feature is being tested in a limited fashion in Edge Canary, it could be a while before it makes it to more branches in testing – if it does ever see the light of the day, that is. Microsoft is testing a 'Web Capture' feature in Edge Canary
  5. Microsoft details the new Web Capture feature in Edge, now live in Canary and Dev builds Earlier this month, a limited number of users began seeing a new ‘Web Capture’ feature in Edge Canary. As the name suggests, the feature lets users capture a screenshot of a web page on the browser and copy the image to a clipboard or save it. It partially mimics the capability that was present in legacy Edge that let users capture and annotate on the web. Today, Microsoft has officially detailed the feature as it makes its way to the Canary and Dev channel builds. The tool sits in the Settings menu accessed from the ellipsis icon (…) on the top right and can also be pinned to the toolbar. Selecting the icon automatically switches the screen to capture mode, where users can easily drag around to choose exactly what they want to capture. Interestingly, the feature also supports scroll capture. Users can drag the selection tool to the bottom of the webpage, which causes the page to scroll, allowing for capturing more than just the current view of the website. The tool can also be accessed using the Ctrl+Shift+S keyboard shortcut. The Redmond giant says that it is working to add more features such as the ability to ink on the screenshots, highlight sections, capture the entire webpage, and even annotate while scrolling through screenshots. For now, though, the only two options available on the selection tool include the ‘Copy’ and ‘Preview’ commands. The preview screen further provides options to save, share, or copy the image. While the firm did not mention any specific build numbers that are required for enabling the feature, Edge Dev and Canary users should begin seeing it in the current builds. The addition of this tool and the upcoming capabilities will be a welcome addition for those that leveraged this feature in Edge legacy and those that rely on taking quick notes from webpages. Microsoft details the new Web Capture feature in Edge, now live in Canary and Dev builds
  6. Edge Canary adds ability to sort Collections alphabetically or by date A recent Microsoft Edge Canary update has added the ability for users to sort Collections by date or in alphabetical order by name (spotted first by Reddit user u/Leopeva64-2). The option is a minor one that makes using Collections easier by allowing users to sort links to keep track of when the items were added, for improved discoverability. Collections lets users collate links and notes in lists to set them aside for later. The links can also be exported to various other apps such as Excel and Word. The ability to export Collections to OneNote – a feature that will be useful for students – is also currently present in the Canary and Dev channels. The aim with Collections was to provide a replacement for the feature in Edge Legacy that let users set tabs aside for viewing later. Collections also recently made it to the mobile versions of the browser, making it a nifty tool for those that rely on the feature. In addition to the sorting feature, today’s Canary build also seems to enable the vertical tabs design option for more users. The firm promised this feature back in March, which recently began rolling out to a small set of users running Canary and Dev builds. A new icon to the left of the tabs lets you switch between vertical and horizontal layouts. The tabs can also be rearranged vertically. It is currently not widely available but is already being tracked in the feature tracker. While there is no set timeline for the vertical tabs feature, it should begin showing up for users running Insider versions of the browser sooner rather than later. Edge Canary adds ability to sort Collections alphabetically or by date
  7. Microsoft testing 'Meet now' button for Skype and recommended search in Edge Canary Microsoft appears to be experimenting with a couple of new features on the Canary builds of Edge. One of these features makes it easier for users to make a Skype call through a "Meet now" button in the browser's new tab page. The new capability seems to be available only to some users of Edge Canary, appearing just below its search bar. Clicking on the button brings users to a page where they can start a meeting via Skype, with a unique link that they can share with those whom they want to invite to the video conference. That means there's no signup required for other users to join a meeting. Twitter user Florian B also shared some screenshots showing how the new feature worked. Additionally, Edge Canary is showing recommended searches below the search bar in the new tab page. Like the Meet now button, this still appears to be part of a test and it's available only to some users of Edge's preview versions. There is also an option to turn these recommendations off if you don't like to see them. The new test follows a recent vertical tab testing in Edge Canary builds that was spotted last week. That test was also available to some users of the Canary builds of Edge. There's no official word, though, on when these features will become available to everyone. Source: Techdows Microsoft testing 'Meet now' button for Skype and recommended search in Edge Canary
  8. Edge Canary enables secure DNS by default, adds flag for smooth scrolling on PDFs Microsoft is making DNS over HTTPS (DoH) the default DNS setting on the latest Edge Canary builds. The firm added the feature this week within settings which also provides users with four custom DNS service providers to choose from if they do not want to use their default offering. Google introduced secure DNS in Chrome in May as part of a revamp of the security and privacy controls. The search giant implemented the feature with Chrome 84, but the Redmond company has held out on bringing the feature to its browser. Just like Chrome, Microsoft provides four custom DNS providers that include Cloudflare (, Google (Public DNS), Quad9 (, and CleanBrowsing (Family Filter) to choose from. The change to secure DNS as a default option further improves privacy and safeguards users from man-in-the-middle attacks that could read DNS queries sent in an unencrypted fashion. Considering that the change is not major, it should not be long before the firm promotes the feature to the other Insider channels before bringing it to the stable version. Another addition making its way to Edge Canary is the smooth scrolling feature for PDFs. The company confirmed that it was working on this feature back in June, which can now be enabled from edge://flags under the “#edge-smooth-scrolling-enabled-pdf” flag. Microsoft debuted smooth scrolling in legacy Edge and has promised to bring the feature to its Chromium-based browser for a while now. Source: Techdows Edge Canary enables secure DNS by default, adds flag for smooth scrolling on PDFs
  9. Microsoft Edge Canary and Dev versions now let users send Collections to OneNote Back during this year’s Build conference in May, Microsoft announced a bunch of features that will be making it to the Edge browser. The features included the addition of a sidebar search to the browser to allow for quick context searches and enhancements to the Collections feature in the form of Pinterest integration. For those not in the know, Collections let users copy images, text, and links from the web and store then in groups. Another feature planned for Collections was the ability to send the list of items in a Collection to OneNote. Now, that feature is live for Insiders running the Canary and Dev versions of the browser (spotted by Techdows). It is not clear if the update was a server-side push, but users running the latest insider versions of the browsers should see the addition of the feature. It is currently not available for Edge Beta users. As for the feature itself, it is a minor one that adds a ‘Send to OneNote’ option in the ellipsis (…) menu of a Collection item, along with the current options to send to Word and Excel. Clicking on the option will open a pop up with the available locations (or notebooks) where the list can be exported to. Users can select from the list of sections in their notebook to which they wish to export the list to. It should not be long before the ‘Send to OneNote’ feature integration makes it to Edge Beta, and eventually to the stable version of the browser. Microsoft Edge Canary and Dev versions now let users send Collections to OneNote
  10. Edge Canary brings a new accent color option for themes, feature currently hidden The latest Edge Canary build is adding a new personalization feature that lets users apply custom accent colors to the browser theme. This feature is currently hidden under an experimental flag (spotted by HotCakeX in the Edge Insider forums) and must be enabled in order to show up in the settings. Heading to edge://flags and enabling the ‘edge-color-theme-picker’ flag adds an ‘Accent color’ option in the Appearance section in Settings. The option lets users select from 15 available colors. These accent colors apply to the title bar, toolbar, and the new tab page, irrespective of whether the browser is set to dark or light themes. However, the feature still has some rough edges since it is still in the early development states. The accent color option differs from the third-party themes that can be downloaded from the Edge Add-ons store or other stores. While the toolbar icons also adapt to the accent colors to match the theme and provide sufficient contrast, the context menus still adhere to the light/dark browser themes and do not change depending on the accent color selected. The custom colors can be simply disabled via the ‘Remove’ option right below the palette. The feature can be enabled in Edge Canary build 89.0.731.0 or newer. Since it has just shown up in Canary releases and is still hidden under an experimental flag, it will be a while till it shows up in regular builds and eventually in the stable channel. Edge Canary brings a new accent color option for themes, feature currently hidden
  11. Microsoft Edge Canary gets new PWA features with May 2020 Update Microsoft has been working hard on improving the PWA experience on Windows 10 and it recently announced new updates to PWAs at Build 2020. While PWA experience is not as good as Native apps, the new Edge updates should improve it for Windows 10 users. First spotted by Techdows, the new Microsoft Edge Canary update has a flag to enable the new PWA experience that was showed off at Build 2020. If you’re using Edge Canary then you can visit “edge://flags/#edge-web app-identity-proxy” (without quotes) to enable the new features like title bar customization, Shortcuts and more. Do note that the flag will only work on Windows 10 May 2020 Update so if you’re using Insider builds or have upgraded to May 2020 Update using ISO from MSDN then you should be able to try out the new updates. There is no word on when the feature will roll out to Microsoft Edge Stable but we can expect the update in the near future. Microsoft is yet to roll out the Windows 10 May 2020 Update so you will have to wait for a while if you’re planning to update using Windows Updates. Source: Microsoft Edge Canary gets new PWA features with May 2020 Update (MSPoweruser)
  12. Microsoft hides www and https in Edge Canary address bar, then restores it Google launched a controversial change in Chromium and the company's Chrome Canary web browser recently that hides trivial subdomains such as www and the protocol, e.g. http, in the browser's address bar. Users of the browser may reveal the full address with a double-click, or by right-clicking on the address to check the "always show full URLs" option to restore the display of the full address permanently. Microsoft's new Edge browser is based on Chromium and changes made to Chromium land in the company's browser as well; this has been the case for the stripping of information from the address bar. Microsoft launched the change in Microsoft Edge Canary. The browser hid trivial subdomains and the protocol by default after it was updated to the last version. The company published a post on Reddit in which it asked users of the browser for feedback. Edge Canary users may send feedback to Microsoft straight from the browser. Just select Menu > Help and Feedback > Send Feedback to do so. Microsoft published a new Edge update soon thereafter that restored the classic functionality. Microsoft Edge Canary shows the full URL of a page once again and published the following statement on Reddit: Today's Canary update (which just went live) reverts this behavior and puts it behind a feature flag. You can re-enable the behavior using the flag, Omnibox UI Hide Steady-State URL Subdomains Beyond Registrable Domain This flag will remain disabled by default while we continue to think about the right implementation here, including when to hide URL components, which components to hide by default, settings to control the behavior, etc. We are taking into account the feedback in this thread and the feedback submitted through the Microsoft Edge feedback tool as we think through this. On behalf of the Address Bar team, thank you again for the thoughtful discussion and the feedback! We appreciate it! Jared Microsoft reverted the change and added a new flag to the browser that controls it. Users who prefer the stripped look may enable the flag to restore it. The restored state is not necessarily the final state of the display of URLs in the browser's address bar. Microsoft wants to "think about" the right implementation. It asks for feedback from within Edge to get a better understanding of what users think about it. Closing Words The incident highlights one of the main challenges that developers of Chromium-based browsers face, apart from Google of course. It is quite possible that some of the changes made to Chromium slip by unnoticed, and that the company's will have to invest engineering time to reverse changes that they don't want in their browsers. Lastly, it is necessary to keep track of these changes to make sure that they don't break and are still applied in future updates. Microsoft hides www and https in Edge Canary address bar, then restores it
  13. Edge Canary now lets users enable image previews of tabs through a hidden flag A recent update to Microsoft’s Edge Canary has brought an experimental flag that lets users enable tab previews along with image snapshots (via Aggiornamenti Lumia on Twitter). It lets you hover over a tab to view the title and page URL, along with a small image of the content of the page. The feature is by no means new, since it was present in Opera many years ago, and was also a feature of legacy Edge. Tab previews are also not new to Chromium-based browsers since references to the feature were spotted in Chrome Canary last year. The stable version of Chrome today lets users enable the preview along with the ability to enable the ‘Hover Card Images’, mimicking Edge legacy. All other versions of Edge – other than the Canary version – already have a hidden flag named ‘Tab Hover Cards’ that lets users replace the tooltip with a preview of the page name and title. Now, Edge Canary adds the ‘Tab Hover Card Images’ flag to enable image previews. Those that wish to try out the feature can head to the edge://flags/ page, search for ‘Tab Hover Cards’ and ‘Tab Hover Card Images’, enable them, and relaunch the browser. It must be noted, however, that there is no option to have the previews be permanently on the screen as was the case in legacy Edge. Interestingly, though Google has been known to be working on the feature for a while now, with the flags even being present in the stable version of Chrome, the company has not implemented the functionality in the browser. It is possible that it was lower down in the priority list. However, it would not be surprising to see the Redmond giant implement the feature as soon as it is ready, since it’s a highly-requested feature. Edge Canary now lets users enable image previews of tabs through a hidden flag
  14. “Line Focus” feature now available on Edge Canary Microsoft’s initial motivation behind its Immersive Reader was to create a comfortable reading experience for users with dyslexia and dysgraphia. Appealing to a wider market than initially planned, the Redmond company has since broadened its capabilities. Recently, Microsoft introduced an “open in immersive reader” option for highlighted text, thereby making the feature more easily accessible. In addition to this, Microsoft just reinstated the “Reading Preferences” option, which can be seen in the legacy Edge. Upon clicking, you have the option to enable “Line Focus”. From there, you can choose to blur all but one, two, or three lines- making them the sole focus of the page. The flag is available in Edge insider Canary, version 81.0.396.0. To enable: In address bar: About:\\flags > Search for Reading Preference > Change setting > Restart browser. Thanks, Leo, for the tip. Source: “Line Focus” feature now available on Edge Canary (MSPoweruser)
  15. Virtue is its own reward There's at least one browser out there unwilling to accept Microsoft's attempts to fiddle with search settings, and it's made by... Microsoft. The Canary build of Microsoft's Chromium-based Edge browser has taken great exception to the Microsoft Rewards extension. The latter is a nifty little thing that earns the user Microsoft points through an occasional quiz or searches using Bing. Those points can then be redeemed for goodies in return for, well, surrendering quite a bit. A glance at what the extension does lists "Display notifications" – OK, "Manage your apps, extensions and themes" – er, what? "Change your search settings to: bing.com" – heck, no! "Read your browsing history" – I don't think so... It appears the Canary version of Edge also doesn't think so as the default privacy settings appeared to come down like a ton of bricks on Microsoft's own extension. As for why we would use such a thing (as well as taking a chance on the Canary build of Edge) – it's all in the name of trying out stuff and seeing what breaks. Interestingly, the release version of Chromium Edge had no such qualms about letting the extension through its hallowed portal. Naturally, we asked Microsoft what might be going on here. It seems that the rapid pace of Chromium Edge development means that the gang are always trying out new things, which could explain the behaviour. It is, after all, very much preview code. We rather like a browser that blocks anything that wants to slurp our history or switch stuff to Bing. After all, things have not gone well for Microsoft's search engine in recent days and weeks. Microsoft has also attempted to slip Bing into enterprises via a Chrome extension installed as part Office 365 Pro Plus. With Bing seemingly able to be knocked out by a "third-party fiber networking provider's" cock-up, blocking an attempt to fiddle with browser search settings would seem A Good Thing. Even if the gang are only trying things out on canaries. Source
  16. Microsoft Edge Canary gets extension syncing When Microsoft announced the release date for its new Chromium-based Edge browser in November, there were a few things that it said would be missing. One was ARM64 support, something that arrived in the stable channel last week. And then there was extension and history syncing, things that still aren't available. The good news is that extension syncing is here, at least in the Canary channel, as noted on Microsoft TechCommunity. Edge Canary is updated daily, and it's currently on version 82.0.424.0. Presumably, the Dev channel will get it when it gets Edge 82, aas it's still on version 81. Still missing is history sync, something that would seem to be a staple of what one would want in a browser. Hopefully, Microsoft has that one coming soon. Less notable is the option to sync open tabs, something that's also listed as coming soon in Edge's settings. If you want to download Edge Canary, you can get it here. Being that it's updated daily though, things can tend to break from time to time, so be aware of that. Source: Microsoft Edge Canary gets extension syncing (Neowin)
  17. Edge's Dev and Canary versions now let you add multiple tabs to new collection Microsoft Edge's Canary and Dev versions already allow you to add several tabs to a collection, but this capability didn't have a quick method in the previous iterations of the browser, especially if you are dealing with multiple tabs. Microsoft today rolled out a new update that makes that feature a breeze. Candice Poon, a product manager at Microsoft, posted a screenshot on Twitter that illustrates how to add multiple tabs in Edge Dev and Canary to a new collection with just a single click. This can be done simply by right-clicking on a single tab and then choosing the option for adding all open tabs to a new collection. This can prove useful at times when you're shopping online and you want to collect and compare products before making a purchase. If you're preparing for your next trip, you can quickly add all your travel information to a single collection of tabs for a streamlined view. There's no word as to when this new capability will roll out to everyone. That said, you can download the latest version of Edge via its official website. Source: Edge's Dev and Canary versions now let you add multiple tabs to new collection (Neowin)
  18. Microsoft's Edge Canary gains family safety section in its settings Microsoft's Edge Canary has added a family safety section within its settings to allow parents to keep control of their kids' activities online when using that browser. With the latest change, you can access your Microsoft family dashboard in order to gain access to someone’s settings or add a new family member (via Techdows). The family safety settings let you limit certain types of content, restrict screen times for kids, and monitor your family members' spending via the Store. You can also manage the screen time limit feature across devices so your kids can't switch to another device in order to work their away around the restriction. Of course, you will need to use your Microsoft account in order to access those capabilities. To set up a Family Safety account in Windows 10, simply head over to Settings, Accounts, Family and Other Users, and add a child account. Keep in mind that Family Dashboard can only be used with Edge, otherwise, the family safety settings won't work properly. This new capability is enabled in the Edge Canary 82.0.456.0 build. Microsoft introduced this option back in June 2019 via a flag in Edge, but today's update makes that capability more accessible to parents. Source: Microsoft's Edge Canary gains family safety section in its settings (Neowin)
  19. Edge Canary users should get native translation by the end of this month Say goodbye to using third-party translation extensions as Microsoft is working on integrating native translation into Chromium-based Edge. The feature is already available in Google Chrome so it only makes sense that Microsoft adds it to its browser. According to the discussions on Microsoft community, the company will soon add native translation to Edge. The news was confirmed by a Microsoft Employee on Techcommunity. There is nothing additional that you need to do to get translate. Translate feature rollout is under progress and by end of the month all Canary users should have it. – Amitkun If you’re interested in checking out how the feature works then you can head over to Reddit (via Techdows) where someone shared the screenshots of the feature. The feature is currently limited Insider builds but is expected to roll out to the Canary users by the end of this month. Source
  20. The Edge Canary update from a few days ago improved its UI to make inPrivate Windows more clear. Today’s update -continuing with the privacy-related theme- will implement a universal “reveal password” button. The feature is one of many included in the “controlled feature roll-outs”. Implement the reveal button for <input type=password> This change implements the reveal button for <input type=password>. The button is added using same pattern as the clear/cancel button for <input type=search> except that instead of using -webkit-appearance to draw the button, we use svgs defined in controls-refresh.css. A keydown handler is added to support Alt-F8 hotkey to reveal/obscure password and logics are added to make sure the reveal button only appears with direct user input. If the password is not empty in the first place (ex. autofill or value=xxx) or the control loses focus and regains focus, or the value is changed by script, the reveal button won’t show. Note we are using -internal-reveal as the pseudo element id, so there is no way for authors to customize or hide the reveal button. This might be changed after a consensus over what id to use is reached, or after the button gets standardized. Tests are added in web_tests/fast/forms/controls-new-ui/password. This feature is also reportedly available in the Dev version. Source: “Reveal Password” button available in Edge Canary (MSPoweruser)
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