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  1. Besides being an all-around great browser, Microsoft Edge (recently updated to version 108) offers several advanced features not available on other browsers (at least not without third-party extensions). One such part is Sleeping Tabs—a unique tool for saving memory on your computer by putting inactive tabs to sleep without reloading them upon restoring. Microsoft has shared more details about how the feature makes memory consumption more efficient and how Edge is now better at figuring out when it should freeze tabs. This is not the first time Microsoft is rightfully bragging about Sleeping tabs. In June 2022, the company revealed that Sleeping Tabs saved more than 273 Petabytes of RAM in just 28 days. Now Microsoft has new stats about this resource-saving feature: the company claims Edge put to sleep 1.38 billion tabs just in September 2022. There are no details about the exact amounts of saved RAM, but according to Microsoft, Sleeping Tabs helps Edge free up about 83% of the memory on average. Besides putting to sleep tons of tabs you never close, Microsoft Edge is now slightly better at figuring out when it should intervene and put pages to sleep automatically. In Edge 105, Microsoft has changed its browser to sleep tabs without users' consent when their computers approach the memory limit. Of course, the feature still respects your exception lists and never freezes websites you have told the browser not to. You can customize Sleeping Tabs in Edge Settings > System and performance > Optimize Performance. If you want to see how Edge compares to other browsers in terms of energy efficiency, check out our recent experiment proving Microsoft Edge is good at saving RAM and battery juice. These optimizations and resource-saving features help Microsoft Edge gain more users, as shown in Statcounter's latest report. Microsoft says it froze 1.38 billion Edge tabs in September with improved Sleeping Tabs
  2. In late September, Google announced revised plans to continue supporting Manifest V2-based extensions in Chrome for at least one more year. Now Microsoft is ready to follow suit with its updated roadmap regarding implementing Manifest V3 and phasing out Manifest V2. According to the updated documentation, organizations can continue using Manifest V2 extensions on systems configured with corresponding policies until at least January 2024. As of now, Microsoft no longer accepts Manifest V2-based extensions in the Edge Add-ons Store (Public or Hidden). Still, developers can push updates for existing extensions to maintain or add new features. The next step in phasing-out old extensions is to stop accepting updates (except the ones upgrading Manifest V2 to V3) and prevent the browser from running V2-based extensions without enterprise policies. Eventually, it will become impossible to use Manifest V2 extensions in the Edge browser at some point. Microsoft is not ready to announce when it will stop accepting updates for Manifest V2 extensions, let alone disable them for good on all systems, including enterprise. The company says it will continue analyzing the concerns raised by developers and exploring the right path for the Microsoft Edge Add-ons ecosystem. You can find more information about Manifest V3 extensions for Microsoft Edge in the official documentation. Although developers are not happy with Manifest V3 (even with many changes implemented since the initial proposal), the practice shows that most extensions, including content blockers, will survive the dreaded migration. AdGuard, for example, recently launched its first Manifest V3-based extension and detailed how it operates under new rules. As an online publication, Neowin too relies on ads for operating costs, and if you use an ad blocker, we'd appreciate being whitelisted. In addition, we have an ad-free subscription for $28 a year, which is another way to show support! Edge will support Manifest V2 extensions until at least January 2024
  3. Microsoft released the latest Stable channel version of Edge earlier today with 108.0.1462.42. The new release brought enhanced privacy thanks to TLS-encrypted Client Hello or ECH. Aside from that, it also brings a helpful feature related to the app launcher as well as security fixes for several known vulnerabilities. Meanwhile, on the Canary channel, the latest release is version 110.0.1544.0, and as is generally the case, these Insider channels can often reveal exciting upcoming features. As such enthusiasts often go digging around and in the most recent hunt, Twitter user Leopeva64 found a new flag in Edge Canary 110.0.1544.0. The flag is called "Project Kodiak" and it is set to default. The description of Project Kodiak reads: Project Kodiak Edge users will have a better browser experience for their personal and work lives – Mac, Windows, Linux Here is a screenshot of the flag: Right now, it is difficult to guess what this really means as flag descriptions can often be slightly ambiguous. However, if we take the description simply at face value, it does look like Microsoft is working on improving the overall browsing experience on Edge, be it on Windows, Mac, or Linux, though which aspects of the browser are being worked on certainly remain to be seen. For example, there might be a UI revamp to improve navigation convenience, or maybe a performance boost. It's really anybody's guess at the moment without more information. Via: Leopeva64 (Twitter) Microsoft "Project Kodiak" is all set to make Edge "better" on Windows, Mac, and Linux
  4. Microsoft has released the latest Stable version of its Edge browser with version 108.0.1462.42. The new release comes with a more secure encryption policy with TLS-encrypted Client Hello or ECH that helps enhance privacy. The new feature is an upgraded extension over TLS and helps protect the Server Name Indication (SNI) as well. ECH succeeds the previous ESNI or enhanced SNI. This article will guide you on how to enable ECH or Encrypted Client Hello. Aside from that, the new version also brings an option to hide the App launcher. Of course, there are security fixes as well. You can find the full release notes below: Version 108.0.1462.42: Important This update to Extended Stable contains a fix for CVE-2022-4262, which has been reported by the Chromium team as having an exploit in the wild. This update contains the following Microsoft Edge-specific updates: CVE-2022-41115 CVE-2022-44688 CVE-2022-44708 Feature updates Graph APIs for Cloud Site List Management. New Graph APIs that allow IT admins in organizations to create, manage, and publish their site lists for IE mode in the cloud. Policy updates New policies EncryptedClientHelloEnabled - TLS Encrypted ClientHello Enabled NewTabPageAppLauncherEnabled - Hide App Launcher on Microsoft Edge new tab page Obsoleted policy NewSmartScreenLibraryEnabled Enable new SmartScreen library You can find more details about the latest Edge version 108.0.1462.42 on Microsoft's official website. Latest Edge 108 Stable brings better privacy with ECH, adds another helpful feature Frontpaged: Microsoft Edge 108.0.1462.42
  5. Here is the latest data from Statcounter, showing details about the desktop browser market and how the leading players are doing compared to one another. The desktop browser market is a slowly moving ship, and monthly changes are often within a margin of error. The November 2022 report is no exception—it shows only tiny fluctuations in each player's market share. Still, comparing several months and years lets you notice a general trend. For Microsoft Edge, that trend continues to be mostly positive. Slow but steady is how you can describe Edge's growth in the desktop browser market. According to Statcounter, after struggling for a while, Microsoft Edge has crossed the 11% mark for the first time since its introduction (including the OG "Spartan" Microsoft Edge from 2015). Modern Chromium-based Edge gained 0.31 points, reaching an 11.17% market share. For reference, one year ago, Microsoft Edge was at approximately 9.52% (+1.65 year-over-year increase). Google Chrome is at the top, sitting firmly in first place with an unreachable 66.13% share (-0.36), making it impossible for any competition to come close. Despite being available only on Macs, Apple's desktop browser Safari is the third most popular choice, with a 9.62% market share (+0.26). Firefox is fourth (7.1%, +0.05), and Opera is fifth with 3.3% (-0.29). As for Internet Explorer, the former king of the desktop browser market, about 0.77% of all users continue using this browser. Some people do not want or cannot let Internet Explorer go, despite Microsoft's continuous efforts to substitute it with a much better Edge and its built-in Internet Explorer mode. You can spot a similar picture in the world of Windows, where some customers keep sticking to Windows XP, which died in 2014 (not an "eight-year-old OS," as some readers rightly noted). Expect the same to happen to Windows 7. You can find more details about the latest report from Statcounter on the official website. As usual, remember that the data is approximate and not 100% accurate. Statcounter: Microsoft Edge crosses 11% market share
  6. Microsoft Edge is a feature-packed browser with many different tools, options, and capabilities (some think the browser is heavily overloaded, but that is not today's topic). Besides what is available on the surface, Edge contains many hidden features called "flags." They are responsible for managing different parts of the browser and previewing things to come in future updates. Here are our five favorite flags we use daily to improve our user experience and make the browser look better. Note: Microsoft calls flags in Edge experimental for a reason. Some of those features are works in progress and could break other parts of the browser. Although the following flags work well on our machines, be prepared to disable specific flags in case of unexpected behavior or bugs. How to enable or disable experimental flags in Microsoft Edge? Go to edge://flags or use the direct link to the flag you want to enable. Type the name of the flag you want to enable in the search bar. Select Enabled from the drop-down menu next to the flag. Select Disable to undo the changes. Note that some flags have additional variables in the drop-downs that modify how they work. Restart the browser. If you read this article from Microsoft Edge on your computer, click the links below the flags' names to find the needed features faster. 1. Enhance Text Contrast edge://flags/#edge-enhance-text-contrast Some users think Windows is not the best at rendering fonts, and text in Linux or macOS looks much better. You can fix this problem using the "Enhanced text contrast" flag. Enabling this feature will make fonts a little bit bolder and more contrasty. If the default value still seems insufficient, run the built-in ClearType calibration tool to adjust the font. 2. Show block option in autoplay settings edge://flags/#edge-autoplay-user-setting-block-option Everyone hates when websites start playing video ads without user consent. Microsoft knows this, so the company has equipped Edge with an option for managing media autoplay. For some reason, you can only allow or "limit" media autoplay. The much-need "block" option is, for some reason, hidden behind the "Show block option in autoplay settings" flag. After enabling the flag, go to Settings > Site Permissions > Media Autoplay and select Block. Note that some banners and players might still get through, so users sometimes restore to help from third-party extensions. 3. Show Windows 11 visual effects in the title bar and toolbar edge://flags/#edge-visual-rejuv-mica Flicking on this flag turns on the Mica effect on the tab strip, giving the browser a more modern look in Windows 11. The result will depend on your wallpaper, and the practice shows that the Mica effect in Microsoft Edge looks the best when combined with colorful and vivid wallpapers. Try several background images to see the flag in action. You can enhance the browser's looks by enabling a related flag called "Enable Windows 11 Acrylic effect in menus." It will apply translucency to right-click menus across Microsoft Edge. Note: Microsoft Edge turns off the Mica effect when you enable global battery saving mode. 4. Assigns the Backspace key to go back a page edge://flags/#edge-backspace-key-navigate-page-back Microsoft Edge has tons of keyboard shortcuts, allowing you to operate the browser without touching the trackpad, mouse, or display. However, not everyone likes that the browser uses Alt + Arrow Left / Right buttons to navigate back and forward. Some users prefer the good old Backpace button for returning one page and Shift + Backspace for going forward. Edge has no dedicated option in its settings for enabling the Backspace key to go back one page, but you can enable this feature using an experimental flag. 5. Rounded tabs edge://flags/#edge-visual-rejuv-rounded-tabs Although the Mica effect makes Microsoft Edge much prettier, the overall design remains unchanged. Those wanting a more substantial redesign can try toggling on the rounded tabs flag. It makes Edge look slightly Firefox-like, switches to a bolder font for tabs, and applies the Mica effect to the address and favorites toolbar. Do you use experimental features in Microsoft Edge, or prefer waiting until the company starts public rollouts? What flags do you use in Microsoft Edge? Let us and other users know in the comments. Top 5 hidden Microsoft Edge features every user should try
  7. Microsoft has released a new feature update for its Edge browser in the Dev Channel. Version 109.0.1481.0 is now available for download with a new toggle for Internet Explorer mode, the option to open Sidebar games in a new tab, and several improvements for WebView2 (recently released for WinUI 2). As usual, the update also contains numerous fixes and minor enhancements. What is new in Edge Dev 109.0.1481.0? New Features: Added Open this page in Compatibility view toggle in the Add a page prompt for Internet Explorer mode pages. Added open in new tab button on the Sidebar games. WebView2 Added support for File Upload in UWP (#1639) Added IDL validator tool. Improved Reliability: Fixed Autofill account selection menu not entering credentials. Fixed the browser crash with Autofill dialog when navigating to the cross button using an arrow key or pressing Tab or Shift + Delete keys while the focus is on the cross button. Fixed the browser crash while using Find in Page in the PDF viewer. Fixed Sidebar issue that causes the browser to crash. Fixed the browser crash when signing out your profile in Workspace. Fixed a crash related to Sidebar. Fixed the browser crash that’s related to HDR video. Fixed a crash when navigating to certain websites. Fixed the browser crash issue when clicking on the performance button after closing Kids mode window. Fixed the browser crash when entering or exiting Full screen. Fixed a crash related to recommended update. Fixed the browser crash related to Assistance Home button. Fixed a crash when interacting with visual search results iOS Fixed browser crash when launching. Fixed browser crash related to notifications. Android Fixed browser crash when enabling Bold text in Android setting. macOS Fixed the browser crash related to account sync. WebView2 Fixed crash when clicking on the thumbnail view in the taskbar and moving focus to the WebView2 window. Fixed visual hosting crashes with Windows 10 Anniversary Update and older. Other Changes: Fixed STATUS_ACCESS_VIOLATION error message on certain websites. Fixed picture profile in Microsoft Edge icon on the taskbar. Fixed Allow extensions from other stores toggle not reflecting change in the Extensions page. Fixed incorrect colors on pictures when turning off Enhance Image. Fixed the double Sort by name buttons after invoking it in Collection. Fixed HEVC video playback issue. Fixed Find on Page issue not scrolling to the first highlighted match term. Fixed Edge bar Search bar not scaling correctly when it’s on Search only layout. Fixed The Pinning Wizard not loading content. Fixed Favorites from opening a new tab while on a New Tab Page. When clicking on a join Workspace link, the initial New Tab no longer stays open. Fixed an issue with installing and uninstalling PWA. iOS Fixed missing icons on top sites. Fixed Sign in not working correctly. Fixed the Open external app dialog not showing up. Fixed black screen when launching. Fixed sync invalid token pop-up when sync is disabled by policy. Fixed history not displaying when tapping on the address bar. Fixed data loss when upgrading from an older version of Microsoft Edge. Android Fixed the NTP search box not responding. Fixed blank Feedback submission issue. Fixed browser crash related to Tracking prevention. WebView2 Fixed the blank PDF toolbar issue when hiding three of the buttons. (#2866) Xbox Fixed HEVC MP4 video playback in WebView2. HoloLens Fixed DRM media playback. You can download Microsoft Edge Dev from the official Edge Insider website. The browser is available on Windows (7, 8, 8.1, 10, and 11), macOS, Linux, Android, and iOS (closed testing). Microsoft plans to release Edge 109 to the general public on the week of January 12, 2023. Latest Edge Dev update improves Sidebar, WebView2, Internet Explorer mode, more
  8. Microsoft seems to be putting a lot of emphasis on how to make its apps and services more touch-friendly. The software giant recently rolled out a compact and tablet-optimized taskbar (currently hidden) for Windows 11 22H2 devices, showing its commitment to making Windows more optimized for touch. Windows is not the only one benefiting from Microsoft's touch efforts. Microsoft is currently testing a new Touch mode for the Edge browser with the purpose of making the browser more optimized for touch devices such as Microsoft Surface Pro. While some parts of the Edge interface are already well-optimized for touch devices, this is for the first time we are seeing a dedicated UI designed to work on touch devices. Edge users have been asking for improved touchscreen support since the demise of Edge Legacy. When you turn on the Touch mode, all browser elements become slightly bigger. As per the feature description, the size of browser elements like buttons and tabs is increased when you turn it on. If you are using Edge on a convertible PC, you can select the "Auto" option from the Touch mode drop-down menu. And doing so will make Edge recognize whether or not you are using Windows with touch and offer you a layout accordingly. Microsoft is currently testing the feature in the Edge Canary channel. But we have not been able to get access to it just yet, meaning that it could be rolling out to select users for now. If you happen to be one of the lucky ones, you can make Edge more touch-optimized by navigating to Settings> Appearance> Touch. Source and image: Leopeva64-2 Microsoft starts testing one of the most-requested Edge features
  9. In addition to releasing the latest data about Windows and other desktop operating systems, Statcounter has published its findings about browsers. The October 2022 report reveals no drastic changes compared to the previous months, showing that Microsoft has a hard time getting Edge past a 10% market share. According to Statcounter, Google Chrome unsurprisingly remains king of the browser hill with its 66.46% market share despite losing 1.12 points in October 2022. Microsoft Edge is the second most popular desktop browser with a less impressive 10.85% share (+0.05 points) that has been relatively unchanged for five months. Apple's Safari closes the top three desktop browsers list with a 9.38% share (+0.45 points). Firefox is fourth with 7.05% (-0.22 points), and Opera is fifth with 3.61% (+0.67 points). Like Windows XP, which refuses to go away more than eight years after its end of support, Internet Explorer is not giving up, holding about 0.8% of the global desktop browser market share. Microsoft plans to disable the latter on specific Windows 10 versions on February 14, 2023. Google Chrome: 66.46% (-1.12) Microsoft Edge: 10.85% (+0.05) Apple Safari: 9.38% (+0.45) Mozilla Firefox: 7.05% (-0.22) Opera: 3.61% (+0.67) Things are slightly different on the mobile side of the browser market. Most users are split between Google Chrome and Safari, while Microsoft sits deep in the "Other" section with a market share too small to appear on the charts. Google Chrome: 65% (-0.23) Apple Safari: 25.11% (+0.49) Samsung Internet: 4.63% (-0.06) Opera: 1.81% (-0.05) UC Browser: 1.06% (-0.11) Which browser do you use on your computer and mobile devices? Let us know in the comments. Statcounter: Edge can't cross 11% mark despite being second most popular desktop browser
  10. You’ll see a downloads flyout menu appearing on your computer screen when you attempt to download a file or a program via Edge browser. It fades away as soon as the download is complete. Maybe it's related to making the browser more energy-efficient but if you would like to completely stop the downloads menu from showing up in the toolbar area, follow this guide. How to stop the downloads menu from appearing under the browser toolbar The downloads menu in the Microsoft Edge browser houses some very basic management functions like showing the download in the containing folder, removing it, and searching for any recent downloads via a dedicated search option. However, if you rarely use it or want its spot to be replaced by a more frequently used function, remove it using these steps. Launch the Microsoft Edge browser. Choose the Settings and more option (three horizontal dots in the upper-right corner of the browser screen). From the list of options displayed, choose the Settings option. When directed to the Settings screen, scroll down to the Downloads heading under the side panel on the left. Here, switch to the right pane and toggle the Show downloads menu when a download starts feature to the Off position. Alternatively, you can simply click the More options button inside the downloads menu and choose the Downloads Settings option as shown in the image above. When taken directly to the downloads page, disable the Show downloads menu when a download starts toggle. Hereafter, you will not see the downloads popup menu appearing under the Edge browser toolbar. Also read: Microsoft Edge is out with an improved sidebar. How to remove the downloads menu from the Edge browser toolbar
  11. Microsoft has released Edge 107 for all users in the Stable Channel. The latest release is now available for download on Windows, macOS, and Linux, and it has only one notable feature change: an updated sidebar. Sidebar is a feature that lets you access various productivity tools side-by-side with the currently open page. It also allows viewing two websites in a single Edge window and pinning a specific page to keep it available on every tab. What is new in Microsoft Edge 107? Microsoft Edge sidebar. The Microsoft Edge sidebar lets users access productivity tools side-by-side with their browsing window. For enterprise customers, the following experiences are currently turned on by default: Search, Discover, Office.com, and Outlook. Administrators can control the availability and configure the Microsoft Edge sidebar using the HubsSidebarEnabled, ExtensionInstallBlockList, and ExtensionInstallForceList policies. The extension ID for each sidebar app can be found at edge://sidebar-internals. For more information, see Manage the sidebar in Microsoft Edge. New policy to give more flexibility in Microsoft Edge startup. The RestoreOnStartupUserURLsEnabled policy lets users add and remove their own URLs to open when starting Microsoft Edge while maintaining the mandatory list of sites specified by the admin. You can find the list of new, deprecated, and obsoleted policies in Microsoft Edge 107 in the official documentation on the Microsoft Learn website. The browser will update itself automatically, but you can force-update it by navigating to edge://settings/help. Microsoft Edge 107 is out with improved sidebar Frontpaged: Microsoft Edge 107.0.1418.24
  12. Microsoft is working on improving the "Find on Page" feature in its browser. The current stable version has a simple search that allows finding matching characters, words, and phrases only. Future updates will provide more advanced search features, such as finding related words, match cases, whole words, and diacritics. The updated "Find on Page" feature is currently available for some testers in the Canary channel with the options you can toggle on or off after pressing Ctrl + F or selecting the Find on Page feature from the main menu. As of now, additional options include the following: Include related matches - the browser will highlight words and phrases that might be related or similar to your request. Match case - enables case-sensitive search, for example, finding a specific upper-cased word. Match whole world - this option finds only words and omits parts of words that match your search request. Match diacritics - lets you find only accented characters. This option will pair nicely with the new Quick Accent tool in PowerToys. If you want to try new features for "Find on Page" in Microsoft Edge, download Edge Canary from the official website. The browser is available on Windows, macOS, and Linux. Note that not all Canary users get new features right away, so you might need to wait a little longer to get all the new stuff. Credits for the findings go to Leopeva64-2 Microsoft Edge to get advanced "Find on Page" features
  13. Earlier this month, Microsoft released Edge 106 to all users in the Stable channel. Besides some not-so-impressive changes in the release notes, the latest version of Microsoft's browser focuses on improving its energy efficiency by adding a few extra features for the built-in efficiency mode. Microsoft introduced efficiency mode for the Edge browser in version 101. According to the company, it can give users 25 minutes of extra battery life (on average), and our recent browser efficiency test showed that efficiency mode indeed makes computers last longer. Now Microsoft Edge has even better battery-saving tools. Edge 106 offers several extra options for its efficiency mode. The browser uses the "Balanced Savings" option by default, which takes reasonable steps to save battery without noticeable slowdowns. The browser will take a more aggressive approach when your device enters battery saver mode (Windows) or reaches 20% of battery (Mac), resulting in worse performance and a less smooth experience. Those who want to squeeze every bit of battery juice can opt for the "Maximum savings" option. In this mode, Edge applies every possible energy-saving measure, trading-off speed for battery life. Another noteworthy change in Microsoft Edge 106 is the option to keep the battery saver on when connected to power. This ensures your device consumes less energy to reduce carbon emissions, similar to how Windows Update tries to be more eco-friendly and "green." Microsoft says the updated battery efficiency mode in Microsoft Edge 106 is currently rolling out to customers, so you may need to wait a few more days before the feature reaches your computer. You can learn more about the latest efficiency improvements in Microsoft Edge 106 in a post on Microsoft's Tech Community forums. Microsoft details energy efficiency improvements in Edge 106
  14. Back in April 2021, we learned that Microsoft is working on a new feature in its Edge browser, called Workspaces. They let a user rename a window and save all of the tabs open on it for later. It may sound similar in concept to Collections, but Workspaces open in their own separate window each time, so you can always have a specific window to focus on a certain task. Workspaces persist across browsing sessions, too, and you can close the window and reopen the workspace later. While it was testing Workspaces last year, it inexplicably removed it from Insider channels before adding it back in a few months ago. Today, Microsoft is ready to officially unveil Edge Workspaces. At its Ignite 2022 conference, Microsoft has encouraged IT admins and organizations to give Workspaces a go via Edge Enterprise. A key benefit that the company has highlighted is improvements to the onboarding experience where rather than overloading a new employee with files and URLs, they can just be given a link to an Edge Workspace containing all the information that they need in separate tabs. These tabs would also update in real-time for the entire team that they are shared with. If this sounds interesting to you, you can sign up for Edge Workspaces through this page. Microsoft essentially reminded IT professionals of a couple of Edge security features, now generally available. These include the Enhanced security mode, made available to consumers a couple of months ago and available as an opt-in for enterprise use-cases. The other is built-in protection against typosquatting. Finally, on the accessibility front, we have live captions, instant answers, and an improved Narrator with a better navigation experience generally available, while page colors to manage readability and contrast are now in preview. You can read more about these updates here. Microsoft Edge is getting Workspaces, new security features, and accessibility improvements
  15. Microsoft introduced Sidebar search functionality in Edge over a year ago, and it evolved over time to become something where you can launch services like Microsoft Outlook. It is getting even better with Microsoft adding the ability to resize the Sidebar in Edge Canary. Reddit user Leopeva64-2 claimed that the new resizeable Sidebar is available in the latest Edge Canary update, but we have not been able to reproduce the change in Edge Canary Version 107.0.1417.0. Hence, it could be a controlled rollout. Thankfully, the Reddit user has posted some images explaining how it works. First off, you do not need to enable a flag to be able to resize the Sidebar. It is available by default if Microsoft has rolled it out for you. If you are one of the lucky ones, you need to hover your mouse pointer over the space that separates page content from the sidebar pane. Upon doing so, you will see a double arrow that allows you to resize the pane. Image: Leopeva64-2 As pointed out by the user, there are some limitations to it. For example, you can not resize Favorites, History, Downloads and Collections, and Outlook panes. But this is something that can change in the future, and we hope it does. Luckily, all other sites and apps you add are resizable. Recently, Google has started working on a similar Sidebar functionality for Chrome. But all it does at the moment is display the search results. Of course, Google would like its Sidebar to be much more than that in the future. Microsoft Edge is getting a new feature in Sidebar
  16. Microsoft Edge 106 has been released to the stable channel. The update, which is based on Chromium 106 brings various security fixes, an improved SmartScreen, and a new feature called the Command Palette. Command Palette in Microsoft Edge The Command Palette is a tool that can be handy for regular users and web developers. The command bar feature was introduced in Microsoft Edge 105 Canary, in July 2022. Since it is an experimental feature, the option is not enabled by default, you need to toggle it manually in order to use it. How to enable the new Command Palette in Microsoft Edge 1. Open a new tab and go to edge://flags. 2. Search for command palette. You should see a new setting in the results. 3. Its default value is set to "Disabled", click on the drop-down menu and change the setting to Enabled. 4. Restart the browser, and use the hotkey to trigger the feature, Ctrl + Shift + Space. 5. A large text box will appear at the top of Edge's interface (near the address bar). Using the Command Palette in Edge Start typing something in the box, and the browser will display some results. Highlight one of the options in the list, and hit the enter key to execute the corresponding command. It is quite similar to the tool in Microsoft Visual Studio and PowerToys. I mentioned that the Command Palette is not necessarily a developer-centric tool, and that it can be handy for all users. Here's how you can use it for tab management. Enter the word tab and Edge will display a set of tab management actions that you can choose from, such as open tabs, switch between tabs, search your bookmarks, add site to bookmarks, history, etc. You may also use it to open the browser's tools such as the task manager, extension store, etc. This can be handy since you can do all these tasks without leaving the current tab, or clicking on the menu and navigating through the options. Advanced options The Command Palette in Microsoft Edge can be used for advanced tasks without opening the Dev Tools first. For instance, you could use it to emulate a mobile device, this command will open the view the mobile version of the current web page in DevTools, thus allowing you to test how the website works on touchscreen devices. If you want the tool to only list DevTools options and exclude regular results like tabs, history, you should include the > before you start typing the keywords. This will filter the results displayed in the box accordingly, you can follow it up with advanced commands like Show Console or Show Snippets, or simply press the down arrow key to access all commands in the list. The keyboard shortcut, Ctrl + Shift + Space could conflict with other applications and extensions, e.g. it does for me with the Simple Translate add-on. So, you may want to change the keybinding in the third-party tool to prevent it from being triggered accidentally. Microsoft has uploaded a video to explain how the new DevTools work in Edge 106, the video also mentions that the hotkey for the Command Palette will be changed to Ctrl + Q in future versions. A feedback thread on GitHub says this change will come in to effect when Microsoft Edge 108 is released, it is expected to be available in the week of November 1st in the beta channel, and will be rolled out to the stable channel in the first week of December. The Command Palette is now available in the stable version of Microsoft Edge
  17. Microsoft Edge users can now download or update to version 106 of the browser in the Stable Channel. The full build number for this update is 106.0.1370.34 and brings two new feature updates: more reliable web defences and more work results in the address bar. Here’s the full list of feature and policy updates from the changelog: Feature updates More reliable web defense. Browse the web with more reliable protection thanks to the rewritten Microsoft Defender SmartScreen library for Microsoft Edge on Windows, which was introduced in Microsoft Edge version 103. The NewSmartScreenLibraryEnabled policy is now deprecated in Microsoft Edge version 106 and will be obsolete in Microsoft Edge version 107. Increased Work Results in the Microsoft Edge address bar. We’ve increased the maximum number of work results that display in the address bar from 2 to 4, which offers greater visibility into the work content available to you as you search. This feature requires the AddressBarMicrosoftSearchInBingProviderEnabled policy enabled to work. Policy updates New policies EfficiencyModeEnabled - Efficiency mode enabled EfficiencyModeOnPowerEnabled - Enable efficiency mode when the device is connected to a power source InternetExplorerIntegrationAlwaysUseOSCapture - Always use the OS capture engine to avoid issues with capturing Internet Explorer mode tabs Deprecated policies NewSmartScreenLibraryEnabled - Enable new SmartScreen library ShadowStackCrashRollbackBehavior - Configure ShadowStack crash rollback behavior Obsoleted policies OutlookHubMenuEnabled - Allow users to access the Outlook menu EdgeDiscoverEnabled - Discover feature In Microsoft Edge If you have Microsoft Edge installed on your system and want to update it, open the browser, select Settings and more > Help and feedback > About Microsoft Edge. It will let you know here whether Edge is up-to-date or whether you need to download the new update. If you want to download a fresh copy of Edge, grab it from the official website. Microsoft Edge 106 arrives on the Stable Channel with more reliable web defences
  18. Good news for those living on the edge and testing Microsoft's browser in the Canary channel: the company has announced doubling down on updates and shipping two daily updates for Edge Canary instead of one. Canary is one of the three testing channels Microsoft uses to preview early updates and new features before shipping them to the general public. It is the fastest and the least stable channel where major bugs or instabilities are nothing unusual. The latest change makes Edge Canary even faster (and probably more prone to bugs). Microsoft now ships two updates per day in the Canary channel. The company says this will allow it to take advantage of "the great rapid feedback" it gets from Edge Insiders and deliver new code faster. Increasing the number of updates means users will have to restart the browser more frequently. Still, Microsoft says users can use Edge Canary without restarts as long as they wish. Also, some days will have only one or even no updates at all. Changes in the Canary channel currently apply just to Windows. Edge Canary on Linux, macOS, and Android will continue receiving daily releases. You can get started with the Edge Insider program on the official website. Note that using Edge Canary as your primary browser is not the best idea due to instabilities, raw features, and bugs. Fortunately, Microsoft allows using preview builds side-by-side with the stable release to test early updates without risks. Edge Canary on Windows is now getting two updates per day
  19. Just like Google Chrome, Microsoft Edge gets new major releases roughly every four weeks. While Chrome 106 arrived yesterday, Edge 106 is yet to become available. Ahead of its release, Microsoft has now detailed a new API in Edge 105 that makes desktop web apps feel more native. Window Controls Overlay is a new Progressive Web App (PWA) feature that Microsoft initially talked about in January 2020. The company then started working on an early implementation in March 2021 through the Chromium project followed by an Origin trial, with Chrome actually adopting it with version 102 in May 2022. It has now become the default experience on Edge 105 too with a formal specification being published too. There has been much effort on this front because it makes PWAs feel more native. And it does not accomplish this by making them more performant, rather, it does this by making a seemingly minor UX enhancement. Instead of making the title bar of an app follow the operating system defaults, it returns around 30px of height back to the PWA by giving it almost full control over the title bar. While 30px sounds small, it would give a PWA the autonomy to display custom titles, menu bars, navigation tabs, and more in this area. To give you a more visual representation, the white area in the diagram below would be controlled by the PWA: Microsoft has emphasized that this adapts to different operating systems including Windows, Mac, and Linux. A graphic to show how the utilization of this 30px of height may differ across operating systems can be seen below: Microsoft says that: We believe PWAs are a great fit for making desktop web applications. Turning your website into an app that really feels like it belongs on desktop has never been so easy and using the Window Controls Overlay feature will help you create desktop apps that look much more modern and engaging to your users. If you're a PWA developer interested in checking out some code snippets to figure out how you can tweak the title bar to your liking, view Microsoft's examples here. Interestingly, Microsoft has noted that Window Controls Overlay is now enabled by default in Edge 105, but none of its changelogs for the major or minor releases of this version highlight this. We have to assume that if you're on the latest Edge build, the API should be enabled by default for you. Microsoft Edge can now make desktop web apps feel more native
  20. If you are tired of Windows 10 and 11 forcing you to use Microsoft Edge, then MSEdgeRedirect is here to save the day. It can make Microsoft's operating system respect your default browser choice and redirect links from Widgets, Search, and other parts of Windows to Chrome, Firefox, Vivaldi, or whatever browser you keep as the default. Today, the app received an update to version 0.7.0.2 with a bunch of various fixes and improvements. Here is what is new in MSEdgeRedirect 0.7.0.2: Improved IFEO failure messages for easier debugging Fixed existing Service Mode options not being detected Added not yet active code for a potential WebDriver mode Improved Cleanup done by Uninstaller to remove a missed Registry Key Fixed Start Menu Shortcuts occasionally not being created when selected Added a Delay to Service Mode after redirecting to help prevent redirect loops Improved the Update Checker, now loads latest release page instead of all releases page Fixed Edge Removal Detection blocking selection of Edge Builds for those who reinstalled Edge Added Exception for Redirections of localhost sites, fixes Rog Armoury Crate incompatibility, among others Known issues include the following: Outlook Previews Inop - Will be fixed in 0.7.1.0 Weird Setup and Setting Menu Edge cases. Will be fixed in 0.8.0.0 You can download MSEdgeRedirect from GitHub via this link. Keep in mind that the app is still in beta, so expect changes and performance improvements in future releases. If you are not familiar with MSEdgeRedirect, our handy guide will help you figure out the basics and learn how to force widgets in Windows 11 or 10 to use the default browser instead of Edge. MSEdgeRedirect gets several fixes and improvements in latest update
  21. Microsoft Edge recently pushed an update to Edge Dev, bringing the version to 107.0.1387.2 and introducing new features, improvements, and fixes. Edge Dev 107.0.1387.2 now enables the new SmartScreen client on Mac, adds the RestoreOnStartupUserURLsEnabled policy, and offers a ton of bug fixes. The improved UI for trending mobile searches is a noteworthy improvement in the latest version of the browser. All these changes are available on Edge 107.0.1387.2 across all platforms, including Windows, Mac, Linux, Android, and iOS. You can check out the complete official changelog to learn more about it. Edge Dev 107.0.1387.2 changelog Added Features: Added the RestoreOnStartupUserURLsEnabled policy  Improved reliability: Improved the UI for trending search on mobile  Changed behavior:   Enabled new SmartScreen client on Mac  Fixed an issue where the "File is not selected" text was truncated in Japanese when text scaling was applied  Fixed an issue where AAD users could not sign into the browser Fixed crash on password imports from the Settings page  Edge 107.0.1387.2 is not as feature-rich as the previous version Microsoft released last week. The previous version introduced some exciting features, particularly for users in India. You can learn all the features the company introduced in the last version here. Microsoft will continue to add useful new features to Edge in the coming days. For one, the software giant is working on the ability for Edge to block all video ads on YouTube. It is currently testing the feature on Edge Canary for Android. It is important to note that all the new features are available to Edge Insiders first. If you want to try these new features before Beta and stable channel users, you can download Microsoft Edge Dev here from the Official Edge Insider website. To update to the latest version of Microsoft Edge, Dev Channel users need to navigate to Help and feedback > About Microsoft Edge. You will see the update here. You need to download and install and then restart the browser to complete the installation. Which features do you love the most if you’re using Edge Dev? Let us know your thoughts in the comments section below. Microsoft Edge Dev Channel is updated to 107.0.1387.2 with new features
  22. It has been almost three and a half years since Microsoft's Edge browser moved to Chromium, and shortly after that happened several Chromium services and features were removed or replaced with Microsoft built ones, in an attempt to merge legacy Edge features to Chromium. One such change that was made back in April 2019 was the "Mute" feature, which was changed from Mute site (such as in Chrome) to Mute tab (such was in Edge Legacy). Now in Edge Canary, it is once again possible to Mute site by changing the Sound content setting flag to Enabled. The change was spotted by Leopeva64-2 over on Reddit. First off, a word of warning, this flag falls under "Experiments" which means that it can be removed at any time, it is not a guarantee that the feature will ship with the stable version of Edge at some point in the future. To enable Mute site instead of Mute tab in Edge Canary: Navigate to edge://flags in the Edge address bar Ensure you are on version 107.0.1390 Search for Sound One item should appear "Sound content setting" Set the flag from Default to Enabled (for Mute site) Set the flag to Default (for Mute tab) Before After In fact, it is just one of several flags that were restored to Edge Canary, the others are: #edge-reading-view #edge-reading-view-for-readable-frame #edge-reading-view-for-specific-nodes #edge-reading-view-text-preference #edge-auto-enter-immersive-reader #edge-accessible-pdf-form-read #edge-smooth-scrolling-enabled-pdf #edge-mip-enabled-pdf #edge-tracking-prevention #edge-window-tab-manager #edge-cdm-override-service #edge-history-accelerator-override The last flag in the above list enables users to open the History tab page with CTRL + H keyboard shortcut instead of the flyout. Leopeva64-2 actually speculates that due to the number of restored Chromium flags enabled in this build, it might even be a bug, so we'll have to wait and see if all or some of these disappear with an update. You can download Edge Canary here, it installs next to the Stable version of Edge, so you don't have to worry about your profile being messed up. Edge Canary restores a bunch of Chromium flags like Mute site and CTRL+H to History page
  23. An ongoing malvertising campaign is injecting ads in the Microsoft Edge News Feed to redirect potential victims to websites pushing tech support scams. Microsoft Edge is currently the default web browser on computers running the Windows operating system and it currently has a 4.3% market share worldwide, according to Statcounter's Global Stats. This scam operation has been running for at least two months, according to Malwarebytes' Threat Intelligence Team, who said this is one of the most extensive campaigns at the moment based on the amount of telemetry noise it generates. This is not surprising considering its scale, with the attackers switching between hundreds of ondigitalocean.app subdomains to host their scam pages within a single day. The several malicious ads they're injecting into the Edge News Feed timeline are also linked to more than a dozen domains, at least one of them (tissatweb[.]us) also known for hosting a browser locker in the past. Scam redirection flow (Malwarebytes) The redirection flow used to send Edge users starts with a check of the targets' web browsers for several settings, such as timezone, to decide if they are worth their time. If not, they'll send them to a decoy page. To redirect to their scam landing pages, the threat actors use the Taboola ad network to load a Base64 encoded JavaScript script designed to filter the potential victims. "The goal of this script is to only show the malicious redirection to potential victims, ignoring bots, VPNs and geolocations that are not of interest that are instead shown a harmless page related to the advert," Malwarebytes explained. "This scheme is meant to trick innocent users with fake browser locker pages, very well known and used by tech support scammers." Tech support scam landing page (Malwarebytes) While Malwarebytes didn't say what happens if you call the scammers' phone number, in most cases, they would lock your computer using various methods or tell you that your device is infected and you need to purchase a support license. Either way, once they connect to your computer to help you, the scammers will try to convince their victims to pay for an expensive tech support contract with no benefit to the victim. A Microsoft spokesperson was not immediately available for comment when contacted by BleepingComputer earlier today. Microsoft Edge’s News Feed ads abused for tech support scams
  24. A lot of people use Microsoft software on a regular basis. This does not only include Windows as an operating system but also other applications. Naturally, these users request a bunch of features that they want to improve the UX or overall workflows. In order to cater to and collect all these requests, Microsoft has various and dedicated portals for almost all its mainstream software. In the past, we have taken a look at the most demanded capabilities for Windows 11, Teams, Outlook, OneDrive, Word, the Microsoft Store, and Widgets. Today, we will be listing the top 10 features that the public is requesting for the Redmond tech firm's latest browser, Microsoft Edge. As usual, we will only be listing issues that are "open", sorted by upvote count on the Feedback portal. Also note that this list may cover multiple platforms and does not only include Windows. This time, we have added snippets of more details in each line item about what a particular request entails, Microsoft has not officially responded to any of the feedback pieces. With that out of the way, let's begin! Extension support on Edge mobile It would be good to be able to use extensions on the mobile browser, in my case, that is Android. In particular, the ad blocking built into edge does not work as well as the alternative I use in the desktop browser, in my case Windows - Matthew S Navigate back within PDF after clicking link PDFs can have links that lead to other pages within the document. When I click on such a link, I would like to be able to navigate back to place in the document where I was when I clicked the link, either using the browser back button or a special button for this purpose - Marin Mlinarević Sign PDF document with electronic signature / image Like Adobe Reader (free) has option to insert image as electronic signature to the PDF document. Microsoft Edge should also have a such option to put image as electronic signature - Hrvoje Kusulja Improve touchscreen support Windows tablets such as Microsoft's own Surface need a browser which works well with touch. They had one with Edge Legacy, but since you've replaced it with the Chromium-based version, there isn't one - Marin Mlinarević Make Microsoft Edge password manager to work with work or school accounts and not just personal Microsoft accounts (No details) - Ryan Scott Bring back EPUB support I know that Microsoft has declared that there are no plans to bring EPUB support back but I think this deserves a review. Though there are alternatives for opening EPUB, there is no free alternative that provides similar user-friendly UX while reading EPUBs - Mohamed Darwish OCR function for Edge It would be nice, to implement OCR-function for PDFs. A new button could be possible. After a click on that button, the text in the (scanned) PDF will be provided as OCR-text. The function is implemented in OneNote and hopefully it is possible to implement it in Edge - David Retzmann Scrollable horizontal tab strip Vertical tabs are great, but I sometimes still want to use horizontal tabs, and when I have many of them open, I would like tabs to have a minimum width and to be able to scroll through them horizontally, as in Edge Legacy - Marin Mlinarević Multiple profiles on mobile The mobile version of Edge, like the desktop version, should allow users to add multiple profiles besides just one personal and one work/school account. And each profile should be able to be pinned to a user's home screen or app drawer for easy access. Some of us use multiple profiles for different tasks. On desktop I personally use three profiles: one for personal, one for work, and one for my small business. This currently is unachievable on mobile unless the user installs separate versions of Edge (i.e., Stable, Beta, Dev, or Canary) and logs in with a separate profile on each, which is unnecessarily burdensome - Shawn I Adobe InDesign-created interactive PDFs don't work in the browser We currently use Adobe InDesign to create Interactive PDFs for learning purposes and the interactivity within them doesn't work in the edge browser forcing individuals to download documents from SharePoint to local drives in order to review them - Toni Wilbourne The requests are certainly interesting, especially considering that some are not really niche. For example, extension support and multiple profiles on mobile could benefit a significant number of users. That said, it's a bit disappointing as usual to see that Microsoft hasn't responded to any open feedback item. The company appears to be a lot more active over on the Microsoft Edge Insider forums but that's not really a dedicated portal for feature requests. Feedback portal should be the central place for interactive feedback about Edge, but the company appears to be mostly ignoring it. Do you use Microsoft Edge? What more functionalities would you like to be added to the browser? Top 10 features people want in Microsoft Edge
  25. Microsoft Edge on Android is far from being a popular browser. According to the latest Statcounter report, Edge's market share is too small to appear on the charts, as Android customers do not want to move away from Chrome or Samsung Internet. Still, a new feature in Edge for Android might tempt users to ditch mainstream browsers in favor of Microsoft's solution. As spotted by Leopeva64-2, Edge for Android has received a new experimental flag to improve how the browser blocks ads. With the new configuration, Edge for Android should block video ads better, such as YouTube prerolls. According to Leopeva64-2, the flag blocks video ads reasonably well, but your experience might be slightly different. To test the updated ad blocker in Microsoft Edge on Android, download the browser from the Google Play Store and go to the edge://flags/#edge-block-video-ads page. Set the flag to Enabled and restart the browser. After that, try opening YouTube or any other website containing video ads. Do you think the improved built-in ad blocker is enough to tempt Android customers to ditch Chrome or Samsung Internet? Share your thoughts in the comments. As an online publication, Neowin too relies on ads for operating costs and, if you use an ad blocker, we'd appreciate being whitelisted. In addition, we have an ad-free subscription for $28 a year, which is another way to show support! Microsoft Edge on Android gets improved video ad blocking
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