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  1. By Kate O'Flaherty Microsoft Edge has been busy launching a barrage of new features over the last few months as it looks to beat Chrome in the browser wars. This momentum doesn’t seem to be slowing, because Edge has just launched a set of stellar new features that could be especially attractive to business users as the work from home trend continues. First up is an update to the PDF experience, with the ability to add notes to your PDFs, which is due to launch next month. This also includes a functionality that allows users to navigate through large PDF files via new interactive tables of content. At the same time, it’s now going to be possible to search for work files directly inside the Edge browser directly from the address bar. To use this you need Microsoft Search configured, then type “work” and press the Tab key to search your company’s network for your work files. Another work-related Microsoft Edge update is also about to launch to let IT admins manage specific work related apps on user devices as well as the browsing users do from their Work Profile in Edge. Edge integration with other Microsoft products Integration with other Microsoft products is a key factor as the IT giant looks to entice more business users to use the updated Edge browser. Edge now supports native policies for Microsoft Endpoint Data Loss Prevention, which are used to find and protect sensitive items across Microsoft 365 services, Microsoft said in a blog highlighting the firm’s security credentials. Another soon to launch feature of note highlighted by Bleeping Computer is Sleeping Tabs, which Microsoft says can improve memory usage by up to 26%. It can also reduce CPU usage by 29% potentially resulting in battery savings. Other recent Microsoft Edge updates include a feature called “Web Capture” which allows you to take a screenshot of a webpage—in full or cropped—and copy it to the clipboard or preview it. The browser is also adding security features such as alerts for the Edge password monitor if a compromised password is detected. Microsoft Edge 85 targeted business users working from home with the ability to send your Edge collections to One Note as well as Word and Excel and the option to synchronize browser favorites and settings between Active Directory profiles within your own environment without the need for cloud sync. Microsoft Edge: A valid Chrome alternative? These features have been pretty popular, but not everyone is a fan—Microsoft’s decision to bring its Edge browser to all Windows users has put some people off. Even so, Microsoft Edge is doing well, even reaching the number two position in the browser market behind Google Chrome. Like Chrome, Edge is based on the Chromium browser engine, which means there are a lot of the same features and functionalities, and it’s an easier swop for those business users looking to switch. Security and privacy are differentiating factors when working from home; it’s a major challenge to manage a remote workforce and ensure everyone stays secure. These new features should encourage any people already using Edge, and could entice more Chrome users to give Microsoft’s browser a try. Source
  2. Microsoft Edge finally lands on Linux in October Preview Microsoft Edge fror Linux version will be available next month (Image credit: Microsoft / Windows Central) The revamped version of Microsoft Edge is set to be released on Linux in October, so there really isn’t long to wait now – at least for the initial test version. Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella revealed that the preview version of Edge for Linux will be out next month and users will be able to grab the browser either from the Edge Insider website or via the native package installer for their particular Linux distro. Speaking in his opening keynote at the company's Microsoft Ignite event, Nadella confirmed that Edge would be coming to Linux soon - but provided little extra detail. How will the browser be implemented on Linux? Exactly the same as it is on Windows and macOS already, so you can expect to benefit from all the same features – except for Windows-specific bells and whistles (like Internet Explorer mode). We’ve known for some time that Edge has been inbound for Linux, with Microsoft confirming this was the case almost a year ago at the last Ignite conference. So it’s taken some time for the app to finally arrive. Edging out the competition? Edge has been given a pretty warm reception on Windows 10, at least by the folks who have adopted the revamped Chromium-based web browser, and there’s no denying it’s a big step forward from the original Windows 10-only version. It’ll certainly be good for Linux users to make up their own minds about Edge, and it’ll obviously be yet more users for Microsoft – although in that quest, the dangerous territory the software giant has been treading with Windows 10 is pushing rather too hard on plugging the browser on services like OneDrive and even within the operating system itself. With the preview version soon to arrive, hopefully if there aren’t many snags found, we can expect the release version on Linux shortly thereafter. Microsoft Edge finally lands on Linux in October
  3. A look at Microsoft Edge 87's Sleeping Tabs feature Microsoft plans to introduce a feature called Sleeping Tabs into the company's Microsoft Edge 87 web browser.The feature is designed to reduce the browser's resource usage by unloading background tabs automatically. The feature is available as an experimental flag in the browser currently; you need Microsoft Edge 87 at least, which is currently available as a Canary channel version. A total of three experimental flags are available that enable and customize the sleep mode of the browser: Load edge://flags in the browser's address bar. Search for sleep; Edge should return three flags. Enable Sleeping Tabs (edge://flags/#edge-sleeping-tabs) -- The main preference. Set it to enabled to enable the sleep mode functionality in the browser. Enable immediate timeout for Sleeping Tabs (edge://flags/#edge-sleeping-tabs-immediate-timeout) --The optional setting bypasses the timeout setting to put background tabs into sleep mode immediately. If you don't want background tabs to be disabled after a very short period, several seconds, keep it disabled. Sleeping Tabs use observed site characteristics heuristics (edge://flags/#edge-sleeping-tabs-site-characteristics) -- The optional setting enables heuristics to identify sites that should not be put to sleep mode, e.g. those with notifications or background tasks such as video or audio playback. Restart the Edge web browser. Background tabs that are put to sleep use a light gray color of text to distinguish them from regular tabs that are not sleeping. Hover over a tab to find out if it is sleeping. Edge displays "this tab is sleeping to save resources" if that is the case. A click on the tab activates it again and restores it fully in the browser. The loading may take a bit longer if the tab is sleeping but it never took too long during tests. Mileage may vary depending on a number of parameters though. The Sleeping Tabs feature is currently an experimental feature; this means that it may be introduced in a stable version of Microsoft Edge but that there is also the chance of it being pulled before it even reaches the stable version. Firefox and Chrome users may use the Auto Tab Discard extension to unload tabs after a certain time of inactivity. The browsers support the automatic discarding of tabs, see our articles on Google's and Mozilla's implementation, but these unload tabs only in memory-critical situations. A look at Microsoft Edge 87's Sleeping Tabs feature
  4. Microsoft once again warns of Adobe Flash removal from Edge by the end of the year Adobe Flash is going away at the end of the year, and it's been a long time coming. Adobe first announced the end of life in July 2017, and every major browser vendor is committed to exorcising Adobe's legacy product from its browser by the end of the year. Microsoft published an update today promising to do just that, even though it made the same promise a year ago. Microsoft was clear that it's removing Flash from all three of its currently shipping web browsers by the end of the year, including Internet Explorer 11, Edge Legacy, and Edge Chromium. After 2020, users that need to access Flash will have to jump through some hoops, as you'll have to use a plug-in in IE mode. Adobe is making this available for business users, and Microsoft won't support it; it's just another third-party plug-in. At some point in early 2021, all supported versions of Windows are going to get an optional update called, "Update for removal of Adobe Flash Player", and it will be made recommended later. In fact, you'll be able to grab the update from the Update Catalog this fall if you want it before the end of Flash support. And then next summer, all APIs, group policies, and interfaces that are for managing Flash will be removed from Edge Legacy and Internet Explorer 11 via a cumulative update. Flash Player has been disabled by default on all modern browsers for some time, so if you haven't run into any compatibility issues this year, this change will happen and you won't even notice. Microsoft once again warns of Adobe Flash removal from Edge by the end of the year
  5. Microsoft is working on a fix for 'Error code 6' crash on Microsoft Edge for Mac Microsoft has acknowledged an issue on Microsoft Edge for Mac that is causing the web browser to crash with 'Error code 6'. Earlier this week, users took to Microsoft Answers forum (via Techdows) to report the issue with Edge on macOS Catalina. According to users, Microsoft Edge started crashing after updating to Safari 14. The browser crashes after opening a new tab, settings, and even Edge extensions, with the error, "The page is having a problem. Try coming back to it later”. It also suggests users to refresh the page or open a new tab but none of the workarounds solves the problem. Fortunately, the Microsoft Edge Dev Twitter account has now confirmed that the culprit has been found and they are working on a fix that will roll out to Edge users in all the channels. In the meantime, the Edge Dev team has suggested rebooting Mac as a temporary fix to the problem. Some users have tried reinstalling Microsoft Edge but that does not fix the problem and hence, is not advised. Unfortunately, we don't know what exactly caused the problem but we do expect Microsoft to shed light on the problem once the fix has rolled out to Mac users. Microsoft is working on a fix for 'Error code 6' crash on Microsoft Edge for Mac
  6. KB4576754 and KB4576753 are installing Microsoft Edge on Windows 10 version 2004 and older Last month, we reported that Microsoft is working on a cumulative update that will replace the Classic Edge with the new Chromium-based Edge. And now, the company is now doing exactly that with Windows 10 KB4576754 and KB4576753 cumulative update. KB4576754 and KB4576753 are installing the Chromium Microsoft Edge on Windows 10 version 2004, version 1909, version 1903, version 1809. Microsoft has labeled KB4576754 and KB4576753 as quality updates, and these updates are installed automatically on PCs running the old Edge. So, if you’re running the old Edge, you can go to the Windows Settings and Check for updates. As a reminder, once you install the new Edge via system update, you won’t be able to uninstall it from the Settings. However, if you can head to the command prompt and follow these steps, you’ll be able to uninstall the new Edge. Uninstalling the new Edge will bring back the classic Edge. Let us know in the comments below if you received KB4576754 and KB4576753 via the system update. via Techdows KB4576754 and KB4576753 are installing Microsoft Edge on Windows 10 version 2004 and older
  7. 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
  8. Minor Edge Dev build 87.0.637.0 out now with one new feature and a few fixes Microsoft released the first Edge 87 build to the Dev channel last week, bringing a few new features such as the downloads option prompt, table of contents for PDFs, and more. Along with version 87 making it to the Dev channel, version 86 was also promoted to the Beta channel last week. Today, the firm has released a minor update to the Dev channel bumping up the build to 87.0.637.0. Though this is just the second release of a major new version, there is just one new feature that brings the ability to swipe down on a touchscreen to enable Shy UI. In addition to the single feature, the firm also noted in the feedback summary that it has rolled out the password generator feature that suggests strong passwords automatically for users. As usual, there are the usual fixes for reliability and changed behavior, accompanying the singular new feature. Here is the single feature that was added: Added the ability to swipe downward on touchscreens to activate Shy UI. Here are a couple of updates made to improve the reliability of the browser: Fixed a crash due to sync. Fixed an issue where changing the browser’s theme and then using Shy UI crashes the browser. And the list of fixes to combat changed behavior includes the following: Fixed an issue where the Cookies and Site Permissions Settings page is blank. Fixed an issue where the Collections pane is sometimes blank. Fixed an issue where right-clicking on items in the right-click menu doesn’t select them. Fixed an issue where some websites like Kaltura show an error that the browser is blocking 3rd party cookies. Fixed an issue where attempting to enter Immersive Reader results in an error on certain pages. Fixed an issue where using the Save As option when downloading a file causes the file location prompt to show the same folder every time it first opens instead of the most recently used folder. Fixed an issue where translating content on a page with multiple languages sometimes gives an error that the language it’s being translated to is the same as the current language, even though there is some text on the page that can be successfully translated. Fixed an issue where uninstalling a website installed as an app from outside of Edge (for example, from the Control Panel) sometimes doesn’t cause the app to be removed from Edge’s list of Apps. Fixed an issue where Caret Browsing stays enabled after the browser is closed. As is always the case, the release comes with a list of known issues that users should be aware of. Most of these have been carried from the previous build. Here is the complete list: Users of certain ad blocking extensions may experience playback errors on Youtube. As a workaround, temporarily disabling the extension should allow playback to proceed. See https://techcommunity.microsoft.com/t5/articles/known-issue-adblock-causing-errors-on-youtube/m-p/14... for more details. Some users are still running into an issue where all tabs and extensions immediately crash with a STATUS_INVALID_IMAGE_HASH error. The most common cause of this error is outdated security or antivirus software from vendors like Symantec, and in those cases, updating that software will fix it. Users of the Kaspersky Internet Suite who have the associated extension installed may sometimes see webpages like Gmail fail to load. This failure is due to the main Kaspersky software being out of date, and is thus fixed by making sure the latest version is installed. Some users are seeing favorites get duplicated after we made some previous fixes in that area. The most common way this is triggered is by installing the Stable channel of Edge and then signing into it with an account that has already signed into Edge before. Fixing this should be easier now that the deduplicator tool is available. However, we’ve also seen duplication happen when running the deduplicator on multiple machines before either machine has a chance to fully sync its changes, so while we wait for some of the fixes we’ve made to come to Stable, make sure to leave plenty of time in between runs of the deduplicator. After an initial fix for it recently, some users are still experiencing Edge windows becoming all black. Opening the Browser Task Manager (keyboard shortcut is shift + esc) and killing the GPU process usually fixes it. Note that this only appears to affect users with certain hardware and is most easily triggered by resizing an Edge window. For users with discrete GPUs, updating graphics drivers may help. Some users are seeing “wobbling” behavior when scrolling using trackpad gestures or touchscreens, where scrolling in one dimension also causes the page to subtly scroll back and forth in the other. Note that this only affects certain websites and seems to be worse on certain devices. This is most likely related to our ongoing work to bring scrolling back to parity with Edge Legacy’s behavior, so if this behavior is undesirable, you can temporarily turn it off by disabling the edge://flags/#edge-experimental-scrolling flag. There are some issues where users with multiple audio output devices sometimes don’t get any sound from Edge. In one case, Edge becomes muted in the Windows Volume Mixer and unmuting it fixes it. In another, restarting the browser fixes it. Users running Dev channel builds should be served the update automatically. However, users can also head into settings and check for updates manually from the ‘About Microsoft Edge’ page to pull the update. Thought today’s release is light on features, more should be on the way in subsequent builds. Minor Edge Dev build 87.0.637.0 out now with one new feature and a few fixes
  9. New Microsoft Edge gets open/save/cancel prompts for downloads The new Microsoft Edge web browser that is based on Chromium handles downloads differently than the classic version of Edge. When you start a download in the new Edge currently, you will notice that it is either downloaded directly to the designated downloads folder or that a file browser window is opened to pick a folder for the download. The response of the browser depends on the downloads setting. By default, files get downloaded automatically and without user prompt. If you enable "Ask where to save each file before downloading" under Menu > Settings > Downloads (or by loading edge://settings/download) , you will get the file browser interface instead. Starting in Microsoft Edge 87, currently available on the Canary channel, Microsoft has changed the logic behind the browser's download behavior. The default behavior has not changed; if you have not changed download settings, file downloads will happen automatically just as before. If you have enabled "Ask where to save each file before downloading" however, you will get the new download prompt instead of a file browser. The prompt, displayed at the bottom of the screen, lists "open" and "save as" options directly. A click on the three dots next to the visible choices displays "save" and "cancel" options. Save as opens the file browser so that you can pick a local folder for the download. Save on the other hand places it in the default download folder as set in the Edge settings under Downloads. Cancel stops the entire operation and deletes the temporary bits that were already downloaded. Open is a new option; Edge loads the file from a temporary folder in the default system app for the file extension. If there is none, a choice is displayed to the user. Microsoft has configured the browser to delete the temporary folder when a new browsing session is started. Another new feature in Edge 87 is the ability to delete downloads directly from within the browser UI. Once downloaded, select the three dots next to the download and there the delete file option. Other options include opening the file, setting the file type to always open automatically, to open the folder it has been saved into, to copy the download link, or to report the download to Microsoft because you believe it is unsafe. Note that the downloads manager under edge://downloads/all does not offer options to delete files on the local system that were downloaded with the Microsoft browser; this means that the period in which delete is available is limited to the display of the downloaded file in the main Edge UI. Edge, like most Chromium-based browsers, starts the download immediately even if the user has not responded to the prompt. (via Deskmodder) New Microsoft Edge gets open/save/cancel prompts for downloads
  10. Microsoft takes the fight to Chrome with improved password protection in Edge Password warnings are becoming more prominent and useful (Image credit: Shutterstock) Microsoft is introducing a new security feature to its Edge web browser that will let users know if any of their passwords have been involved in a security breach. While this is not an entirely new feature, the way in which warnings are displayed is changing. Should Edge's Password Monitor tool determine that a password has been compromised, the warning will not be prominently displayed rather than being hidden for users to have to find manually. The change has been introduced in the Dev build of Edge, and Microsoft points out that it has "added more alerts when Password Monitor detects a compromised password". The change is an important one because it makes it far more apparent to Edge users when one or more of their password has been compromised, making it far more likely that they will take action to secure their accounts. The browser's Password Monitor feature has warned about passwords involved in security breaches for a while now. However, the warnings were limited to a small red icon in the toolbar which was easy to miss. Warnings could also be seen by anyone paying a visit to edge://settings/passwords, not something most people would even think of doing. Warning signals Now when Password Monitor detected a breached password a popup message is display that reads: "Microsoft Edge detected that the password for 1 site has been leaked. Change your password to secure your account". Users are invited to click a 'View details' button to change the password in question (as you can in Chrome), or 'Not now' to postpone taking action for the time being. If you'd like to try out this feature and the other new features that can be found in the Dev build of Edge, you can sign up for the Microsoft Edge Insider Channel. In addition to the Dev build of the browser, which is updated on a weekly basis, you'll also find the more stable Beta version – updated every six weeks – and the far more experimental Canary build which is updated daily. Microsoft takes the fight to Chrome with improved password protection in Edge
  11. Microsoft releases Edge Dev build 86.0.622.3 as the final Edge 86 build It's that time of the week again. If the Dev channel is your preferred flavor of Microsoft Edge, an update is on its way to you. This time its build 86.0.622.3, and what makes this one interesting is that it's the final Edge 86 build in the Dev channel. Microsoft says that there may be some bug fixes, but aside from that, we should see Edge 87 starting next week. Also, that means that Edge 86 is on its way to the Beta channel soon. Since Edge 85 hit the Stable channel last week, we'll probably see Edge 86 in Beta next week. As for today's build, there's not a lot that's new, just a list of minor new features: Added the ability to delete a downloaded file from the file’s entry’s … menu on the Downloads shelf. Added an option to show or hide the Favorites bar from the Favorites management page. Added more alerts when Password Monitor detects a compromised password. Added a management policy for Internet Explorer Integration Testing Allowed. Note that this policy only applies if IE mode is also enabled, and that updates to administrative templates and documentation will come at a later date. Added a management policy to Enable Edge Spotlight Experiences and Recommendations. Note that updates to administrative templates and documentation will come at a later date. Enabled support for Default Sensors Setting, Sensors Allowed For Urls, and Sensors Blocked For Urls management policies from Chromium. Enabled a management policy for Insecure Form Warnings Enabled from Chromium. And of course, there are fixes and known issues. Here are the fixes for improved reliability: Fixed an issue where closing a window when some popups are open sometimes crashes the browser. Fixed a crash when using Read Aloud. Fixed an issue where opening the browser by clicking a link from another application sometimes causes the browser to immediately close again. Fixed an issue where opening Edge by clicking on a link from another application sometimes causes pages not to load and shows error RESULT_CODE_MISSING_DATA. Fixed an issue where Edge sometimes sees a very fast increase in memory usage. Fixed an issue where selecting a OneNote notebook to export a Collection to sometimes fails. Fixed an issue where websites sometimes can’t be installed as apps. Fixed an issue where users signed into the browser with work or school accounts sometimes fail to log into work or school websites. Fixed an issue where clicking on a file’s entry on the Downloads shelf to open it sometimes fails. Fixed an issue where attempting to uninstall Edge Insider channels sometimes fails with a message to close any open Edge windows even though none are open. Here are the fixes for changed behavior: Improved scrolling behavior in PDFs. Improved the number of websites that can use the browser profile’s saved credentials to automatically log in while in IE mode. Fixed an issue where some devices cause webpages to scroll incredibly fast. Fixed an issue where windows sometimes flicker or rapidly switch between two visual states. Fixed an issue where Sidebar search is sometimes not available in PDFs. Fixed an issue on Mac where the Passwords management page in Settings sometimes is blank. Fixed an issue where the Password Protection Login URLs and Password Protection Change Password URL management policies don’t work on Mac. Fixed an issue where some webpages incorrectly detect or display a message that they don’t work in Edge. Fixed an issue where suggestions that appear for URLs to visit when the typed URL doesn’t exist weren’t working. Fixed an issue where signing into the browser sometimes results in the profile picture not appearing. Fixed an issue where copying a page’s address from the address bar sometimes fails or puts the wrong data on the clipboard. Fixed an issue where the window control buttons sometimes overlap some of the tabs in Shy UI if many tabs are open. Fixed an issue where tabs can’t be selected in Shy UI. Fixed an issue where the new tab page is sometimes blocked by Family Safety settings. Fixed an issue where the address bar popup to allow third-party cookies sometimes doesn’t contain an option to do it right there and only contains a link to Settings. Fixed an issue where the caret browsing confirmation popup contains two identical checkboxes. Finally, there are a bunch of known issues: Mac users running the OS 11 preview (Big Sur) may have issues with all versions of Edge either crashing or not launching to begin with. We’ve identified the issue and are working to get it resolved before Big Sur is officially released. Users of certain ad blocking extensions may experience playback errors on Youtube. As a workaround, temporarily disabling the extension should allow playback to proceed. See https://techcommunity.microsoft.com/t5/articles/known-issue-adblock-causing-errors-on-youtube/m-p/14... for more details. Some users are still running into an issue where all tabs and extensions immediately crash with a STATUS_INVALID_IMAGE_HASH error. The most common cause of this error is outdated security or antivirus software from vendors like Symantec, and in those cases, updating that software will fix it. Users of the Kaspersky Internet Suite who have the associated extension installed may sometimes see webpages like Gmail fail to load. This failure is due to the main Kaspersky software being out of date, and is thus fixed by making sure the latest version is installed. Some users are seeing favorites get duplicated after we made some previous fixes in that area. The most common way this is triggered is by installing the Stable channel of Edge and then signing into it with an account that has already signed into Edge before. Fixing this should be easier now that the deduplicator tool is available. However, we’ve also seen duplication happen when running the deduplicator on multiple machines before either machine has a chance to fully sync its changes, so while we wait for some of the fixes we’ve made to come to Stable, make sure to leave plenty of time in between runs of the deduplicator. After an initial fix for it recently, some users are still experiencing Edge windows becoming all black. Opening the Browser Task Manager (keyboard shortcut is shift + esc) and killing the GPU process usually fixes it. Note that this only appears to affect users with certain hardware and is most easily triggered by resizing an Edge window. For users with discrete GPUs, updating graphics drivers may help. Some users are seeing “wobbling” behavior when scrolling using trackpad gestures or touchscreens, where scrolling in one dimension also causes the page to subtly scroll back and forth in the other. Note that this only affects certain websites and seems to be worse on certain devices. This is most likely related to our ongoing work to bring scrolling back to parity with Edge Legacy’s behavior, so if this behavior is undesirable, you can temporarily turn it off by disabling the edge://flags/#edge-experimental-scrolling flag. There are some issues where users with multiple audio output devices sometimes don’t get any sound from Edge. In one case, Edge becomes muted in the Windows Volume Mixer and unmuting it fixes it. In another, restarting the browser fixes it. That's all there is. You can go to Settings -> About Microsoft Edge to manually update, or it will just happen in the background. Microsoft releases Edge Dev build 86.0.622.3 as the final Edge 86 build
  12. Edge 85 now out, brings PDF markup tools, Collections improvements, and more Microsoft aligned its Chromium-based Edge browser’s release with that of Chromium itself earlier this year. This meant that the development and major version releases align with that of the project that the browser is based on. The company then posted the release schedules for the stable and Beta versions of Edge. As expected, the Redmond firm is now releasing Edge version 85 (build 85.0.564.41) to the stable channel, just a few days after Chrome 85 became available. Earlier today, the firm detailed the new features that are making it to the browser this month with version 85. However, the release notes provide more information on not just the user-facing features, but also updates to DevTools and other security improvements. One of the improvements coming to the browser is the ability to sync browser data such as extensions, passwords, favorites, and Collections between Azure Active Directory (AAD) profiles. The feature is aimed at education customers that are preparing for the back to school season. However, a glaring omission in the browser yet is the ability to sync history and tabs – something that is still greyed out in the settings but isn’t present ever since the product shipped. Edge 85 also brings a new PDF highlighter tool that lets users highlight and write on PDFs, a welcome addition for legacy Edge users. The Collections tool is also gaining the ability to send lists directly into OneNote from the browser – in addition to the ability to send to Excel and Word. There are also improvements to the Internet Explorer mode in the browser, with the ability for admins to set group policy to trust some app combos to launch without a prompt. The Storage Access API that debuted as an experimental feature in Edge 84 is being made available generally. As for security improvements, the release incorporates the security fixes from the latest Chromium project. Lastly, DevTools improvements include the support for Surface Duo emulation and keyboard shortcuts that match that of VS Code, both of which were already listed in Edge 84’s notes. There are also a few experimental features such as CSS grid debugging features, the ability to move tools between panels, and more. The update should be served to all Edge users starting today and the browser should update automatically in the background. However, users can also choose to head to the ellipsis menu (…) > Help and feedback > About Microsoft Edge to force a version check and pull the update. Edge 85 now out, brings PDF markup tools, Collections improvements, and more [ Frontpaged here... Microsoft Edge 85.0.564.41 ]
  13. Microsoft lists the new features being added to Edge this month Microsoft has published a blog post in a new “What’s New in Web Experiences” series of posts. The firm says that it will post updates every six weeks – aligning with the stable version of Edge browser’s release. Edge 85 is expected to be offered to users in the stable branch this week. The post not only lists the features that will make it to the Chromium-based offering from Microsoft, but also adds updates from other web-based cross platform offerings. The first in the list includes improvements coming to the Edge browser. The firm is adding the ability to export Collections items to OneNote directly from the browser via the ‘Send to OneNote’ option. The note-taking app joins other apps such as Excel and Word. The feature has been in testing for a while now. Speaking of Collections, the feature is also available on the mobile versions of the browser. The firm also announced that it is expanding encrypted sync to more education customers for the back to school period. Another feature being added this month – which is especially geared towards students – is Picture Dictionary in Immersive Reader. The feature serves users with a picture representation of selected words, which the firm says “helps improve comprehension”. It can be turned on from the ‘Reading Preferences’ option in the reader. The built-in PDF reader also brings a new highlighter tool which helps users highlight text in 5 colors. This is in addition to the Read Aloud feature that was added with the last release. In addition to the features for the desktop version, the recently launched Family Safety app also lets users enforce browsing limits on their children on mobile devices. The app lets parents block certain features such as InPrivate browsing, enforce restrictions on the sites that can be visited, and view usage reports. Other updates to the Redmond firm’s services include the introduction of the Math Extension in Teams for students, the ability to donate Bing rewards to parent teacher associations (PTAs), and shopping improvements for Bing search. Microsoft news improvements such as the new live tile for the desktop app, the ability to pin the Weather card in My News, and more were also detailed. Lastly, in view of the upcoming ‘Wonder Woman 1984’ movie, the company has announced a new coding challenge that can be accessed via a new Edge extension. The firm says that it will also be adding browser themes as the theatrical release gets closer. Microsoft lists the new features being added to Edge this month
  14. Windows 10 update will debut another huge copy-and-paste change Windows 10 will change the way links are in a subtle but important way. (Image credit: Shutterstock / tanuha2001) Microsoft has unveiled a new feature for its flagship web browser Edge that will change the way links are copied and pasted. The new Link Format feature, which will be introduced in an upcoming Windows 10 update, allows users to choose whether a URL copied from the address bar is pasted as a link or in plain-text. To paste a URL as a simple link in a readable format, users can execute the traditional Ctrl+V keyboard command. The shortcut for pasting a full URL in plain-text, meanwhile, will become Ctrl+Shift+V, although the default option can be reversed via the Edge settings panel. The Link Format option only currently works with URLs copied from the web browser’s address bar, but Microsoft is working to expand the feature to include in-page links as well. Windows 10 copy-and-paste update Microsoft claims to have based the new copy-and-paste feature on an analysis of the ways Edge users copy and share web addresses. “We wanted to dig into how users feel about copy and pasting a URL from their web browser. We looked to understand what they do when they copy and paste URLs, as well as the pain points they experience,” explains a new Microsoft blog post. “We found that one has to regularly edit the URL to make them understandable for sharing or remove seemingly extra parameters. We also learned that nearly everyone, at one point, wants the full, plain-text URL exactly as it was copied.” The new feature, according to the firm, should resolve this conundrum by providing a simple way to paste links in a user’s preferred format. Anyone that wants to sample the option ahead of release can do so via the Windows version of Edge Canary, the browser build used to test features ahead of wider rollout. This browser version is updated almost daily with the latest tweaks and improvements developed by the Edge team. The Link Format announcement also comes hot on the heels of a wider overhaul to the Windows 10 clipboard, revealed earlier this month. The new-look clipboard will contain a panel that stores all the most recently copied images and GIFs, as well as 25 text entries - and is expected to arrive with the next Windows 10 feature update. Windows 10 update will debut another huge copy-and-paste change
  15. Microsoft announces end of support for Edge Legacy, Microsoft services dropping IE11 In January of this year, Microsoft formally introduced the new Edge browser based on the Chromium engine. It introduced a bunch of new features compared to the previous UWP-based version, now known as Edge Legacy, such as support for Chrome extensions, profiles, and more. Naturally, the new version of Edge is set to eventually replace Edge Legacy, and Microsoft has said that Windows 10 version 20H2 will ship with the new browser for the first time. Today, Microsoft announced that it's preparing to drop support for Edge Legacy, meaning it will no longer receive security updates. This will happen on March 9, 2021, at which point most Windows 10 users should already have the new Edge, since the browser is being pushed through Windows Update. Microsoft also announced that many of its web-based services, such as Office on the web and Teams, will stop supporting Internet Explorer 11. In fact, Teams will stop supporting IE11 as early as November 30, which means you may be unable to use the service altogether, or experience some kind of problem with it. The rest of Microsoft 365 will stop supporting the browser a full year from today, on August 17, 2021. One of the big new features of the new Edge is IE Mode, which is meant to ensure complete compatibility with legacy apps and websites that require IE11. This essentially means that IE11 apps will be housed in a tab inside Edge, acting like a regular website, thus removing the need to use a modern browser and IE11 at the same time. This is an enterprise-only feature, though. Microsoft announces end of support for Edge Legacy, Microsoft services dropping IE11
  16. Microsoft’s ‘can’t uninstall Microsoft Edge’ support page is hilariously telling The company is clearly aware some customers are trying to revolt Photo by Tom Warren / The Verge Look, I’m sure that the new Microsoft Edge is a fantastic web browser. I’m looking forward to trying it someday. But Microsoft, I have a piece of advice for you: if so very many Windows users are googling “Can’t uninstall Microsoft Edge” that you feel the need to utterly own that search result by making it the title of your FAQ... maybe just don’t force it on Windows users to begin with? Here’s a screenshot of the new support page, for posterity: To be clear, I’m not saying Microsoft shouldn’t have updated users to the new version of Edge, particularly after today’s announcement that Internet Explorer and legacy Edge will be fully phased out exactly one year from now. Continued security updates are important! But instead of telling users what effectively boils down to “you can’t uninstall it because we decided not to let you,” perhaps Microsoft could take a hint and give users what they apparently want. Here’s how Google search volume for “uninstall Microsoft Edge” has evolved in recent months: By the way, you apparently can still get rid of the new Edge. (Strange how Microsoft’s page omits that.) You’ll just have to be comfortable with a few shell commands. Microsoft’s ‘can’t uninstall Microsoft Edge’ support page is hilariously telling
  17. Everyone’s least favorite web browser will soon be impossible to uninstall Microsoft Edge will remain on Windows devices, whether you like it or not (Image credit: Microsoft) The new Chromium-based version of web browser Microsoft Edge will soon be impossible to uninstall from Windows devices. The new Edge browser was launched in January, replacing the outdated HTML-based version now known as Edge Legacy. Until now, Microsoft has opted for a phased approach to the rollout, but will soon push the new browser to all users. However, according to a Microsoft blog post, once the transition to the new version is complete, users will no longer be able to remove Edge Chromium from their computers - at least not via the traditional avenue. Uninstall Microsoft Edge For years, Microsoft Edge was simply used as the vehicle through which to download Google Chrome. According to statistics from StatCounter, Edge Legacy holds just 0.98% share of the browser market (as of the end of July), compared to Chrome's colossal 65.89%. By shifting to a new and improved, Chromium-based version, Microsoft is hoping to gain a foothold in the market. The new browser, in its defence, delivers a number of speed, security and performance upgrades, bringing the experience in line with what users might expect from a modern web browser. It will also, however, soon be forced upon Windows users as part of a system update, which will make it ever-present on devices. “We want to ensure all Windows customers have the latest Microsoft Edge browser for the performance, privacy, security, productivity and support features it offers,” reads the Microsoft blog post. “The new version of Microsoft Edge is included in a Windows system update, so the option to uninstall it or use the legacy version of Microsoft will no longer be available.” While the updated browser has generally been well received (the new version has now leapfrogged Firefox in the rankings), the inability to uninstall the new Microsoft Edge is likely to rub some users up the wrong way, perhaps cementing the browser’s reputation as Microsoft bloatware. For users desperate to rid themselves of the web browser, there is a workaround, courtesy of deskmodder: Navigate to 😄 \ Program Files (x86) \ Microsoft \ Edge \ Application Select the current version number Locate setup.exe Navigate to the file path within Command Prompt Execute the following command: setup.exe --uninstall --system-level --verbose-logging -- force-uninstall Note, it is recommended that only experienced users attempt to uninstall Edge by this method. Everyone’s least favorite web browser will soon be impossible to uninstall
  18. Microsoft’s Edge browser is crashing if you have Google set as default search There’s a temporary workaround Illustration by Alex Castro / The Verge Microsoft’s new Edge browser started randomly crashing when users typed into the address bar tonight. The issues appear to have affected Edge users who have selected Google as the default search engine. Microsoft investigated the problem and now says it’s believed to have been resolved. Microsoft recommends turning off Search Suggestions in edge://settings/search. The Verge has tested this workaround and it solves the problem if you have Google set as your default search engine. The Microsoft Edge crashes started at around 7PM ET, and are affecting macOS and Windows users. It’s not clear why they’re only limited to Google search users in Edge, though. If you switch to Microsoft’s Bing search engine within Edge, the crashes do not occur. Update, July 30th, 11.30PM ET: Added comment from Microsoft. Microsoft’s Edge browser is crashing if you have Google set as default search
  19. A look at Microsoft Edge's new Quiet Notifications system All modern web browsers support notification APIs that allow sites to push short messages to user devices once the request to accept notifications from that particular site has been accepted by the user. What has been designed as a way for sites to keep users informed, e.g. of new events, auctions that are running out, new articles or tips, has turned into an Internet-wide overload of notification prompts and notifications; many serve no other purpose than to push advertisement to user systems. Browser makers started to address issues associated with browser notifications recently. Google introduced quieter notifications in Chrome 80, and Mozilla toned down web notification requests in Firefox 72 as well. The systems have in common that they hide the big request prompts in the browser's user interface when enabled and move it to the browser's address bar instead. Microsoft added quiet notifications support to its new Microsoft Edge 84 web browser recently as well. The company revealed that it talked to users of its browser to find out more about the real-world use of notifications. It found out that users disliked notification requests, especially when it was not cleared what the site intended to do with the permission and when they did not know anything about the site, but that there were cases in which notifications were used. Microsoft enabled Quiet notification requests for all users in Microsoft Edge 84, and added an option to the settings to disable the feature. Most users probably want to keep it turned on though as it hides notification prompts on all visited sites in Edge and moves indicators to the Edge toolbar instead. With quiet requests enabled, site notification requests made via the Notifications or Push APIs will appear as a bell labeled “Notifications blocked” in the address bar, as opposed to the typical full flyout prompt. Edge displays a bell icon in the address bar when a site tries to get permission for sending notifications to the user device; this is the case even when the request was initiated by the user, e.g. by clicking on a bell icon on the site. A click or tap on the icon displays the prompt, and it is possible to allow or deny it. The main effect of moving the requests to the address bar is that users are no longer hammered by requests on the Internet. It is possible to do nothing and not be bothered by notification permission requests. Managing notifications in Microsoft Edge Edge users may load edge://settings/content/notifications to manage notifications in the browser. The options allow users to block all notifications in the browser, to manage allow and deny lists, and to turn quiet notifications on or off. Ask before sending (recommended) -- Enabled by default to allow sites to push requests for notifications to the user. Disable to turn notifications off. Quiet notification requests -- Enabled by default to redirect notification prompts to the address bar to avoid user frustration with prompts. Disable to restore the regular notification prompts. Block and Allow -- Useful to block certain sites from ever displaying notifications or to allow certain sites to display notifications. Closing Words Depending on your use of the Internet, you may not see that many notification prompts or you may be bombarded by them every day. While there are certainly legitimate uses, most sites that implement notifications use them more for advertisement or outright malicious intents. A look at Microsoft Edge's new Quiet Notifications system
  20. Microsoft publishes the release schedule for its Edge browser Microsoft has published the release schedule for its Edge browser, showing the targeted weeks that it plans to release the browser in the Stable and Beta channels. It goes up to Edge 89, which is slated for release in the Stable channel the week of March 4, 2021, while that will roll out to Beta the week of February 1, 2021. The two channels are a month apart, and they're updated every six weeks, so there are two weeks between when a new Stable version rolls out and when the next one is promoted to the Beta channel. For example, Edge 84 rolled out on July 16 to the Stable channel, so Edge 85 will roll out to Beta the week of July 27. The dates shown aren't surprising, but it's nice that Microsoft finally published something. With the two other channels, Dev and Canary, it's well known when these builds are rolling out. Canary is daily, while Dev is weekly. Note that these are target dates, of course. Microsoft develops Edge along with the Chromium release schedule, so if the Chromium release schedules change, so do the ones for Edge. In fact, this is exactly what happened with Edge 82, which was canceled. Microsoft publishes the release schedule for its Edge browser
  21. Microsoft is aiming to make notification request prompts less annoying Today, Microsoft announced a change that it's making to its Edge browser that should make notification requests a lot less annoying. The change that will make them less annoying is, well, that they're just not going to happen anymore. By default, notifications will be turned off until you turn them on, and this is live with Edge 84. Instead, you'll see the notification bell in the address bar with a red mark on it that indicates that notifications are blocked by default. If you click on it, you can opt into receiving notifications from that site. This setting is on by default now and can be turned off under "Quiet notification requests" in Settings. The company says that it's listening to feedback, as always, and it's working to improve the feature. For example, there might be sites that you do want to get notification requests from, so it might start building its own, proprietary white list of websites that can annoy you with notification requests. It would be sites that Microsoft deems valuable based on its telemetry data. Surely, the feature will need to be refined over a few iterations, but it will be welcomed by many. Notification requests can be quite intrusive, especially from sites that can already be intrusive with ads and such. Microsoft is aiming to make notification request prompts less annoying
  22. Microsoft brings multi-tasking improvements to Edge and Windows 10 As more and more work takes place in web browsers, there is an increasing demand for tabs to operate just like apps. In the latest dev versions of Windows 10 and Edge Microsoft has added the ability for tabs to show up in the Alt+Tab pop-up and Taskbar Preview. Browser tabs in Alt + Tab In the latest version of Windows 10, Microsoft has updated Alt + Tab to show your browser tabs to show up right alongside your apps. This makes switching between open tabs as seamless as switching between open windows. Of course, many people have 20-30 tabs open and would hate for all their tabs to show up in Alt+Tab. While this will be a default, a visit to Settings > System > Multitasking will allow Windows users to switch off this feature. Quickly access tabs for your pinned sites via the Taskbar With today’s update, pinned sites will now appear as running on the Taskbar and you can click on the icon to see all of your open tabs of that site across any of your Microsoft Edge windows. This makes it easy to quickly find and switch to a tab for a specific site without having to search through all your open tabs and browser windows. Try pinning a site you visit frequently by going to Settings and More (…) > More tools > Pin to taskbar. Getting started These features are currently rolling out to a subset of Insiders. To start using these new features, you’ll need: Microsoft Edge Insider Build 85.0.561.0 or higher (Canary or Dev Channel) Windows 10 Insider Preview Build 20175 or higher (Dev Channel) Once you’re up-to-date, simply choose your preferred Alt + Tab setting under Settings > System > Multitasking or pin your favourite site to the taskbar by going to Microsoft Edge and selecting Settings and More (…) > More tools > Pin to taskbar. For this initial preview release, you’ll need to remove and re-pin existing sites on your Taskbar (including removing them from the edge://apps page). Microsoft brings multi-tasking improvements to Edge and Windows 10
  23. Microsoft Edge gets dedicated option to launch site in Internet Explorer Mode Even though Microsoft is pushing its new Chromium-based Microsoft Edge web browser on Windows 10 and other versions of Windows, it is still maintaining classic Edge and the even older Internet Explorer browser. Main reason for keeping Internet Explorer alive is compatibility, especially in the corporate world. Edge is without doubt the better choice in most scenarios, but some sites may refuse to load in the new browser; this can be caused by sites using Internet Explorer specific technologies that Microsoft Edge simply does not support. While it is possible to load these pages and sites in Internet Explorer directly on Windows devices, using Internet Explorer Mode may also be an option as it is more convenient. The feature displays pages in Microsoft Edge using the Internet Explorer rendering engine. Microsoft added a new dedicated option to the latest version of Microsoft Edge Canary for Windows to load any site in Internet Explorer Mode in the browser. Canary is the cutting edge development version of Microsoft Edge. Features land in the version first, and most of them will come to stable versions of the web browser eventually, but some may also be removed from the browser before they have a chance to reach a wider audience. Here is what you need to do to enable the option in Microsoft Edge: Load edge://settings/defaultBrowser in the web browser's address bar. Enable "Allow sites to be reloaded in Internet Explorer mode" by toggling the switch. Restart Microsoft Edge. The help text provides the following information: Allow sites to be reloaded in Internet Explorer mode If this option is on, you can open sites that require Internet Explorer in Microsoft Edge using Internet Explorer mode. To reload the page in Internet Explorer mode, select Settings and more > More tools > Reload in Internet Explorer mode. If this option is off, it won’t appear under More tools. You may load the site loaded in the active tab of the Microsoft Edge web browser in Internet Explorer mode by selecting Menu > More Tools > Reload in Internet Explorer mode. Two things may happen at this stage depending on whether Internet Explorer mode has been used before in Microsoft Edge. If that is not the case, Edge will open the site in a dedicated Internet Explorer window and prompt the user to enable the functionality in Edge by clicking on a button and accepting an UAC prompt. If Internet Explore mode was used before in Edge, the site will be reloaded using the Internet Explorer rendering engine inside the Microsoft Edge window. Edge displays the information in a horizontal stripe underneath the address bar when Internet Explorer mode is used. The stripe includes an option to leave the mode. Closing Words Internet Explorer mode or Internet Explorer is not really something that the majority of Home users need anymore as it is unlikely that they will access websites that use IE-only technologies. The same cannot be said for corporate users, as plenty of IE-only Intranet applications and pages are still used actively. Microsoft Edge gets dedicated option to launch site in Internet Explorer Mode
  24. Edge 84 begins rolling out with Collections, PDF improvements, and more Microsoft has begun rolling out version 84 of the Edge browser to users in the stable channel. The release comes just two days after Chrome released version 84 to the desktop. The Redmond giant aligned the release of its browser with that of Chrome since both are built on the same open-source platform. While Edge 83 was a major update that brought extension sync and dynamic profile switching, Edge 84 brings a bunch of small yet useful features relating to Collections, PDF improvements, and enhancements to accessibility features, along with a list of security updates. What is still not here is the ability to sync history or tabs. The browser originally shipped without those features. Though those features are present in the settings, they are grayed out and listed as coming soon. Collections is getting a few new features, starting with performance improvements. The firm says that actions such as exporting Collections data to Excel will be much faster. The tool also received a new note feature that lets users pin notes right to a page or place them separately in a Collection. Users can also change the background color of these notes. The in-built PDF reader is also receiving some enhancements. Edited PDFs can now be saved as is, instead of having to create a copy of the file after making edits. The browser is also getting a Read Aloud feature for PDFs, a feature that was present in Legacy Edge. Additionally, the Immersive Reader now supports Translation. In addition to these features, there a host of other minor additions such as improvements to the online purchase experience in the form of support for giving nicknames to saved cards, support for Native File System API and Storage Access API, full mouse support for full-screen mode, and Internet Explorer mode (IE Mode) improvements. As for security enhancements, TLS/1.0 and TLS/1.1 are disabled by default starting with this version. In addition to the user-facing features, there are new DevTools features such as support for Windows high contrast mode, matching keyboard shortcuts between DevTools and VS Code, and more. You can head here to look at all the features that are new to DevTools in Edge version 84.You can also head to the release notes page for the complete changelog. As usual, the update should be downloaded automatically in the background for all users. However, you can pull the update manually by click on the ellipsis menu (…) > Settings > About Microsoft Edge to force the browser to check for updates and download the update. Edge 84 begins rolling out with Collections, PDF improvements, and more [ Frontpaged here... Microsoft Edge 84.0.522.40 ]
  25. New Microsoft Edge gets option to navigate back and forward using Backspace All modern web browsers keep track of a tab's history so that users may go back or forward in history easily. A click on the back or forward button opens the previous page or the next page that was open in the browser. Some browsers support additional functionality, e.g. a right-click feature to display the entire tab history in a menu to make jumping to a particular page more convenient. Google changed the behavior of Chromium's back and forward behavior several times in recent years. The company has started to make use of caching to make the switching near instant, and it also removed the handy Backspace keyboard shortcut to load the previous page of a tab. Users of the new Microsoft Edge web browser may soon be able to use the Backspace key for forward and backward navigation in the browser. Microsoft launched a new experimental flag in the Canary version of the browser which, when activated, enables the functionality in the browser. Microsoft Edge Canary is the cutting edge version of the Edge browser; it is the least stable but gets features first. Most features introduced in Canary land in Edge Stable eventually; it is not clear if the feature will be enabled by default or if users need to enable it explicitly. Here is how you enable the backspace shortcut in Microsoft Edge currently: Load edge://flags in the browser's address bar. Search for Backspace, the full title of the flag is Assigns the Backspace key to go back a page. Set the flag to enabled. Restart the web browser. You may now use the Backspace key to go back in history or Shift-Backspace to go forward. The shortcut affects the active tab only, and works only if no form element is active on the page. There is no option to go back or forward multiple pages at a time, but you can hit the Backspace key multiple times to achieve that. Edge users who prefer to use the keyboard whenever possible may find the new shortcut useful. It is unclear if this will land in Google Chrome or other Chromium-based browsers as well in the future. New Microsoft Edge gets option to navigate back and forward using Backspace
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