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  1. Microsoft Edge is becoming the browser you didn’t know you needed Collections, vertical tabs, and immersive reader are particularly compelling. Enlarge / Edge's "Inspirational" page layout—which basically just means "slap a pretty wallpaper on it"—isn't our favorite for day-to-day use. Makes for a nice screenshot, though. Jim Salter 128 with 84 posters participating, including story author It's no secret that we've been enthusiastic about Microsoft's new, Chromium-based Edge browser for a while now. But that enthusiasm has mostly been limited to "a default Windows browser that doesn't suck," rather than being for any particularly compelling set of features the new Edge brings to the browser ecosystem. In a folksy announcement this week, Microsoft politely declared its determination to step up our expectations from "doesn't suck" to somewhere on the level of "oh, wow." Microsoft Corporate VP Liat Ben-Zur spent plenty of time enthusing about the way the new features are, apparently, already changing her life. Unfortunately, despite her use of the present tense, most of them aren't yet available—even on the Canary build on the Edge Insider channel. Edge Collections First image of article image gallery. Please visit the source link to see all 4 images. If you ever find yourself working with a bunch of loosely related websites for a particular task or project, Collections can help you keep it all together. We took the feature for a quick spin, and the utility was obvious—you can easily create and manage lists of websites, with thumbnails and easily readable titles. The Collections button lives in the browser toolbar and looks like a pair of folders with a plus icon on them. When you click it, a right sidebar slides open, containing a list of any Collections you've already made. Clicking any collection brings it into focus, showing you a list of sites, with clear titles and thumbnails present. Site order in the collection can be managed by simply dragging and dropping, and an Add note button at the top allows you to insert rich text formatted note blocks as well. Although Collections aren't yet generally available in the normal version of Edge, you can find them in both the Dev and Canary channels of Edge Insider. Edge Immersive Reader First image of article image gallery. Please visit the source link to see all 6 images. Immersive Reader Mode, accessed with an icon of an open book and speaker inside the address bar, isn't available on all webpages. For example, there was no Immersive Reader button on the Ars homepage—or my own author page. It was available on all the individual articles, however, and that's where I did most of my experimentation. At first glance, Immersive Reader is reminiscent of Google's Amp project, which strips webpages down to the basics—consistently formatted text, and important images. Like Amp, the feature's not one hundred percent perfect—for example, although it displays the lede pic of a Focal Fossa on one of my recent Ubuntu articles, it hides away the screenshot galleries sprinkled through the article entirely. But there's a lot more to Immersive Reader than a basic stripped-down view. You can change text size and spacing on the fly, as well as choose from a fairly large selection of color schemes. Under "Reading preferences," Immersive Reader also offers a Line focus feature, which drastically dims out all but a few lines in the center of the page, as well as something called a "Picture dictionary." I found the line focus feature pretty obnoxious, and the picture dictionary was apparently broken—enabling it didn't seem to change anything on the page. Grammar tools, in the next part of the Immersive Reader top menu, was much more interesting. This allows you to break all words on the page into component syllables and/or highlight all words of a particular part of speech—nouns, verbs, adjectives, or adverbs. If you're a fluent adult speaker of the language a page is written in, this is little more than a curiosity—but if you're trying to learn a new language, or have small children learning to read, the utility is obvious. Finally, Immersive Reader mode offers a "Read aloud" button. I was extremely impressed with how well-executed this feature was. The default voice—"Microsoft Jessa Online (Natural)"—is crisp, clear, and pleasant, with only enough artificiality to avoid the vocal version of the uncanny valley effect. The reader highlights each word as it's spoken—making it as compelling for new and learning readers as for the disabled—and I didn't catch it mispronouncing anything, even in my own very technical articles. It fell back naturally to reading individual letters on unfamiliar technical terms (such as zsys), reading them in the natural, somewhat accelerated human pace an initialization normally would be. If you aren't a fan of Microsoft Jessa, you've got 24 other choices, some of which are more natural-sounding than others. I found Microsoft XiaoXiao—a feminine Mainland Chinese voice—pretty charming. For the most part, XiaoXiao just read my articles in perfect English with a mild Chinese accent—but she read any numbers in the text in rapid-fire Mandarin. Finally, you can adjust the speed of the reader—which is not only useful, it's just plain fun to play with for a little while. Adjusted all the way to the right, Jessa spat out paragraphs of technical data like Mac Lethal rapping about pancakes. Adjusted all the way to the left, she sounded unexpectedly inebriated. If you've never had a happily drunk robot read your own words back to you, I recommend the experience. Immersive Reader, like Collections, isn't in the generally available version of Edge yet—but it is available in the Canary and Dev channels of Edge Insider, and it's well worth a look. Vertical tabs Coming from an Ubuntu perspective, vertical tabs was a slap-yourself-in-the-head obvious feature, once I'd seen them. Vertical tabs is one of those features that make you grimace and ask yourself why you never thought of it. Simply put, the tab bar is on the left side instead of the top of the browser, with a fixed width per tab that allows plenty of room to distinguish which page is which. If you open more tabs than you have screen real estate for, you can scroll up and down through the list. Tabs can be clicked, dragged up and down in the list, and even multiple-selected to drag entire groups up and down in the list. There's nothing more to it than that—it's an obvious feature, that consumes available screen real estate in modern landscape displays in the most sensible way. Linux users seeing this feature will have an even more visceral "why didn't I think of that?!" reaction than most, since side-mounted desktop launchers have been de rigeur in Unity and Gnome for many years already, and for the same reasons. Unfortunately, vertical tabs isn't available to the general public yet—not even in Canary or Dev builds. Smart copy Smart copy is simple in concept, if not in its code—it preserves HTML formatting more cleanly than you're used to. Microsoft There's not a whole lot to say about smart copy—simply put, it's a box-bounded, not text-bounded, copy operation that appears to preserve much more of the original HTML formatting, more cleanly, than we're used to. Smart copy isn't available yet, so for now we're taking Ben-Zur's word for it. She tells us that smart copy should be showing up in Insider channels sometime next month. Password Monitor, Tracking protection, and InPrivate enhancements Password Monitor will be an opt-in service that automatically hashes passwords and checks the hashes against known dumps. Microsoft Password Monitor is another feature that isn't actually available yet. It's an opt-in service that will automatically hash any entry into a password field and check the hash against a cloud service that indexes known password dumps. If the hash of your password matches the hash of a known leaked password, Password Monitor pops up a warning dialog, and you're given a chance to see more information and choose a more secure password. The new tracking protection will look immediately familiar to any Firefox users and follows a similar template. Tracker blocking can be set into basic, balanced, or strict modes. Users can set exceptions, change the blocking behavior when in InPrivate mode, and see a list of trackers that have been blocked. Even the Basic block setting—the most forgiving—blocks "known harmful" trackers, although there's no immediately obvious definition of what makes Edge consider a tracker "harmful" or benign. The promised enhancements to InPrivate mode weren't clear at all in Monday's blog post—vague promises of InPrivate sessions and Web searches being deleted upon close and "not being tied to me or my account" don't seem any different from the existing Private/InPrivate/Incognito modes we've been accustomed to in browsers for many years now. High definition Netflix If you watch a lot of Netflix on your Windows 10 PC, and you've got a 4K monitor and a banging surround system, you've just found your favorite Web browser—Microsoft has entered into a partnership with Netflix, and the streaming giant now offers 4K resolution, Dolby Audio, and Dolby Vision to Microsoft Edge—and only Microsoft Edge—on Windows 10. If you're wondering why—apart from money changing hands—4K video would be available in one browser but not another, your guess is as good as mine. Still, if 4K Netflix on the PC is the killer feature you've been lusting after, now you've got at least one option available. Ben-Zur says that this feature is available now. Source: Microsoft Edge is becoming the browser you didn’t know you needed (Ars Technica) (To view the article's image galleries, please visit the above link)
  2. Microsoft resumes Edge updates with Edge 81 coming next week On March 20, Microsoft had announced that its pausing updates for its Chromium-based Edge browser. Once again following Google's lead, and the development plans for Chromium, Edge updates are being resumed on a new schedule. It's the same as the new schedule for Chrome. Here's the deal. Microsoft says that Edge 81 is going to be released to the stable channel in "early April". That should mean next week, since that's when Chrome 81 will be out. Edge 82 is canceled entirely, just like Chrome 82, and Edge 83 will be released earlier than originally planned, in mid-May. None of this is surprising, since we already know that we can expect Edge to follow the same schedule as Chrome. After all, the two browsers, along with many others, are based on the open source Chromium. They all sort of have to run on the same schedule. Presumably, things will go back to normal after that, with new updates shipping every six weeks. Edge 83 is already in testing in the Dev and Canary channels, and will probably arrive in Beta shortly after Edge 81 ships to stable. Source: Microsoft resumes Edge updates with Edge 81 coming next week (Neowin)
  3. Microsoft Edge is getting vertical tabs, Password Monitor, and more Today, Microsoft held a virtual event where it announced Microsoft 365 Personal and Family. But also, the company announced some new features coming to its new Edge browser. For one thing, Collections is coming to mobile. Since Collections sync between devices, you'll be able to view, manage, and add to your Collections from iOS and Android devices. This is coming later on this spring. Another new feature is called Smart Copy, which lets you copy and paste content while preserving rich text format. That means that when you copy and paste, it will keep links, font, and more. This is coming to Edge Insider channels next month. Password Monitor is designed to alert you if your password has shown up on the dark web. As long as you have autofill on, this will work. You'll find a new dashboard in Edge settings that will provide a list of all of your compromised passwords. Password Monitor is coming to Insider channels within the next few months. An interesting visual change is that Microsoft is adding support for vertical tabs. Yes, you'll be able to set all of your tabs to one side of the screen, although it's not clear if you'll be able to choose which side of the screen (the image shows the left side). This feature will arrive in Insider channels within the next few months. Other features that Microsoft touted are improvements to InPrivate mode, improvements to Immersive Reader, Give with Bing, and how Edge is the only browser that lets you stream Netflix in 4K. All of those features are available now. Source: Microsoft Edge is getting vertical tabs, Password Monitor, and more (Neowin)
  4. Microsoft adds option to change New Tab search provider to new Edge browser Microsoft updated the list of features recently that it plans to introduce into the company's new Chromium-based Edge browser in the coming months. Some of the features are planned for a March release while others for later this year. Some of the features found their way into development builds of Microsoft Edge already; one of these is the ability to change the search provider used on the browser's New Tab Page. Up until now, users of the new Edge browsers could not change the search provider; this mean that Bing was used regardless of the user's preference when it comes to search. While it is possible to change the default search provider in edge when using the address bar to search, it did not sit well with some users of the browser that the New Tab page search provider could not be changed. This changes this month with the introduction of a new option. It is currently available in Microsoft Edge Canary but will become available in Stable versions of Microsoft Edge soon as well. Here is what you need to do to change the New Tab page search provider in Microsoft Edge (Chromium): Load edge://settings/search in the Microsoft Edge address bar; this opens the Search preferences of the browser. You may also select Menu > Settings > Privacy and services > Address Bar to get there. The preference"Search on new tabs uses search box or address bar" defines which search engine is used when you run searches on the New Tab page. The two available options are "search box (bing)" or "address bar". The first option is the default, the second uses the address bar search provider for searches in the Chromium-based Microsoft Edge browser. Change the "search engine used in the address bar" if you have not done so already. The change is active immediately, a restart is not required. Tip: you may need to open "manage search engines" first to manage available search engines and add new search engines to the Chromium-based Microsoft Edge browser if your favorite search engine is not listed under "search engine used in the address bar" yet. Source: Microsoft adds option to change New Tab search provider to new Edge browser (gHacks - Martin Brinkmann)
  5. Google removes banner dissuading Edge users from running Chrome extensions Microsoft announced back in December of 2018 that it was building a Chromium-based Edge browser, which then became generally available in January 2020. An advantage of using Chromium is the ability to run Chrome extensions. However, Google had a somewhat dissuasive banner for Edge users recommeding them that the extensions be used on Chrome for them to run “securely”. It looks like with the backlash from users and tech journalists, Google has decided to remove the banner (spotted first by Techdows). It is not clear as to when this change was made. The Chrome Web Store on Edge now shows a banner from the Redmond giant itself that reads “You can now add extensions from the Chrome Web Store to Microsoft Edge – Click on Add to Chrome”. This is a welcome change from Google since the prompt asking users to run Chrome for using the extensions securely was misleading. Any security issues with extensions are likely to affect either of the browsers. Interestingly, even Microsoft has begun using more subtle verbiage on Edge when users head to the Chrome Web Store for the first time. The message asks users to ‘Allow extensions from other stores” to be able to run Chrome extensions. This contrasts with some earlier messages which implied that running “unverified” extensions from other stores might affect performance. With the two companies working together to contribute to Chromium and bring about features from each other’s offerings, refraining from petty tactics to dissuade users from using competing offerings seems like the right thing to do. Source: Google removes banner dissuading Edge users from running Chrome extensions (Neowin)
  6. Microsoft adds Chrome themes support to new Edge browser Users of the new Chromium-based Microsoft Edge web browser which the company released in January 2020 officially will soon be able to install themes designed for Google Chrome in Microsoft's web browser. Microsoft's new web browser supported the installation of Chrome extensions from the day of launch. While it needs to be enabled in the browser's options, it is a straightforward process that unlocks Chrome's vast extensions store and the extensions it hosts. Users of the new browser who tried to install themes from the Chrome Web Store noticed that this was not possible at the time. The installation would throw the error "An error has occurred" when trying to do so. The process is not supported in current versions of Microsoft Edge. Microsoft added a new option to the latest Canary build of its browser that allows users to install Chrome themes in Microsoft Edge. The feature is not enabled by default and needs to be unlocked on the experimental flags page of the browser. If tests are successful, options to install Chrome themes will come to other Microsoft Edge channels in the near future. Here is what you need to do currently: Make sure that Microsoft Edge Canary is up to date. You can check for updates on edge://settings/help. Load edge://flags/#edge-allow-store-extension-themes in the browser's address bar; the page should jump straight to the "Allow installation of external store themes" flag on the page. Allow installation of external store themes Turn this on to allow themes from external web stores to be installed in Microsoft Edge. – Mac, Windows Set the experiment to enabled using the menu on the right. Restart Microsoft Edge. Head over to the themes section of the Chrome Web Store to test the new functionality. You will notice that themes will install fine in the Chromium-based Microsoft Edge browser. Chrome, unlike Firefox, accepts only one custom theme installation and the same is true for the Chromium-based Microsoft Edge browser. To remove a custom theme, visit edge://settings/appearance in the browser's address bar and select "remove" next to custom theme. Note that you may also disable the status of the experimental flag to uninstall the theme. Closing Words Users of the new Microsoft Edge web browser can install Chrome browser extensions and soon also Chrome themes from the official Chrome Web Store. Google does not like this at all and displays a notification to Edge users who visit the Chrome Web Store claiming that Chrome is more secure when it comes to the installation of these extensions. Source: Microsoft adds Chrome themes support to new Edge browser (gHacks - Martin Brinkmann)
  7. How to install Progressive Web Apps (PWAs) in the new Microsoft Edge Microsoft's new Chromium-based web browser Microsoft Edge supports progressive web apps (PWAs) that users can install in the browser. A Progressive Web Application more or less offers features of native applications and web applications. The apps are designed to work on any platform provided that these platforms or programs that run on these platform support PWAs. Progressive Web Applications may support a number of extra features such as offline capabilities or better performance when compared to standard web services. Whenever the new Microsoft Edge detects the availability of a Progressive Web Application, it displays an install icon in the browser's address bar next to the favorites icon. If you visit the Twitter website, you will get the install icon and may activate it to install the Twitter PWA on the system. Just click on the install icon to display the installation prompt. Options to install the application or to cancel the operation are provided. Another option to install a PWA is to click on Menu > Apps > Install this site as an application. Doing so displays a slightly different prompt to install the application or cancel the process. Installation of a Progressive Web Application is usually very fast. The new Progressive Web Application is launched in its own window after installation; ready for use. One of the core features of PWAs is that they run in their own windows and not as a tab in the browser (even if you only have one tab open it is still loaded in a tab in a browser window). PRogressive Web Applications come without browser chrome. While they do have a titlebar, they lack other interface elements such as tabs, an address bar, or other controls such as bookmarks. They do have a simple menu attached to the window controls that you may activate to control some functionality; among the options are to open the site in the browser and to uninstall the application. Options to print, search, zoom, copy the URL, and cast are also available. Progressive Web Applications are added to the list of installed programs on the operating system just like any other program that is installed natively on the system. How to launch the apps? Multiple options are available to launch installed Progressive Web Applications. You find the installed listed on the "manage apps" page of the Edge browser that you may load using the edge://apps/ URL. Edge lists them under Menu > Apps as well so that you may launch these directly from there. Last but not least, any installed PWA is also added to the operating system's Start menu from where they may be launched just like any other program. How to uninstall PWAs? Uninstallation is straightforward. You may open the edge://apps/ page and click on the x-icon next to any installed application to remove it from the system. Edge displays a verification prompt; select remove to uninstall the application. You may check the "also clear data from Microsoft Edge" option to clear data associated with the PWA. PWAs may also be uninstalled from the operating system's Settings application or application management interface. Source: How to install Progressive Web Apps (PWAs) in the new Microsoft Edge (gHacks - Martin Brinkmann)
  8. Microsoft Edge developer plays down the reports of Edge doesn’t protect its users against malicious extensions. Eric Lawrence gave a screenshot proof that Microsoft Edge process (msedge.exe) queries periodically to extension stores for extension updates and threat updates by giving an interpretation to us that they can act on malicious extensions even if they don’t have safe browsing available. Recent times Google reportedly released a statement to press on why they’re showing alert to Edge users on Chrome Web store. According to reports, Google has told, Edge doesn’t support safe browsing, hence it may not able to detect and remove malicious extensions remotely. Edge Developer Ericlaw has recently reacted on twitter that “if someone on the Internet tries to convince you that @ MicrosoftEdge doesn’t protect you from malicious extensions …. send’em receipts”. He further reveals in the thread that Microsoft Edge process queries extension stores for updates every 2-4 hours and queries for updates to /extensionrevocation/v1/threatupdates for every 30 minutes. Microsoft promotes new Edge browser on Bing Till now in the new Edge browser, Google has shown Pop up ads and warning on Chrome Web Store to switch to Chrome and download its browser to use extensions securely. Following this, by promoting Edge on Bing it is sending the signal to users Microsoft Edge is powered by the same technology (Chromium) that is used by Chrome and supports Chrome extensions by the phrase “provides the best in class and web extension compatibility”. If you now visit Bing in any browser and search for Chrome and click other auto-filled suggestions that given below, you’ll get the “new Microsoft Edge is here” banner promoted by Microsoft. Interestingly, the search for Chrome Web Store also produces the same banner. While Bing tells it gives you results from sites you trust when you search for Google, it seems that it was shown before. Source
  9. Microsoft details the 'Block potentially unwanted apps' feature in Edge Microsoft’s Chromium-based Edge browser became generally available in January 2020. The Redmond giant’s offering comes with features such as the ability to run Internet Explorer within a tab, termed IE mode, a Collections feature to collate links and tabs, and more that make it a viable alternative to Chrome. The browser also began rolling out to Release Preview Insiders this week. Today, the firm is providing more information on the ‘Block potentially unwanted apps (PUA)’ feature in the browser. The feature was first introduced in Edge Dev build 80.0.345.0 and is available in the stable branch starting with build 80.0.338.0. As the name suggests, the feature helps users prevent downloading apps from the web that may degrade the user experience or be potentially malicious. The company says that its research shows that such apps are often downloaded when users search for free versions of the software. Some of the behaviors that PUAs possess include ones that “create extra advertisements, applications that mine cryptocurrency, applications that show offers for other software and applications that the AV industry considers having a poor reputation”. The feature is turned off by default and can be enabled by heading to the three-dot menu at the top right > Settings > Privacy and services and scroll down to services to enable the “Block potentially unwanted apps”. It must be noted that for this feature to work, Microsoft Defender SmartScreen should also be enabled. When a user downloads an app that the service deems to be a PUA, it blocks the download with a prompt notifying the user. Those that want to still go ahead with the download can choose to override the block by clicking on the three-dot (…) menu and choosing the ‘Keep’ option. The service also lets users flag apps as reputable through the Downloads section, which is then reviewed by the team. You can read through the documentation here about how the firm ascertains which apps are potentially unwanted. Source: Microsoft details the 'Block potentially unwanted apps' feature in Edge (Neowin)
  10. Microsoft improves Easter Egg Surf game in new Microsoft Edge browser Did you know that Microsoft's new Chromium-based Microsoft Edge browser has an Easter Egg? If you follow certain instructions to the letter, you will unlock a Surf game that is integrated in the browser. The game is only available in Development and Canary versions of Microsoft Edge. As is the case for most Easter Eggs, it requires that you perform a number of actions in sequence before it becomes available. Here is how you enable the Surf game in Microsoft Edge (Chromium): Open any website in the browser. Click on the Collections button and select "Start new Collection". Name it Microsoft Edge. Now add the active site to the Collection. Right-click on it and change the name to S. Repeat step 3 three times and rename the sites to U, then R, then F to end up with four sites in the collection spelling out SURF. For the last step, drag the F site and drop it after U so that you get SUFR. Once done, drag back the F to the last position so that SURF is again spelled correctly. Restart Microsoft Edge. If you have done that correctly, a new entry should have been added to the Collection. This is the SURF game that you may launch with a click on the item. You may also load edge://surf to start the game right away. Once you are in, you may use the left and right arrow keys and the Enter-key for selection to pick a surfer. Before you do that, you may want to open the menu of the game as it provides you with options to switch the game mode from the default "let's surf" to time trial or zig zag, and to enable "high visibility mode" and "reduced speed mode". There is also a handy how to play link and an option to start a new game. You control the surfer with the left and right arrow keys and avoid most of the obstacles the game places randomly on the screen. The default mode is an endless runner-like game mode in which you try to come as far as possible. You have three hearts and energy to start with; it is game over when your hearts reach zero. Closing Words Surf is a rather simplistic game that Microsoft added to its new browser. While you may have a bit of fun playing it, it is similar to other built-in browser games in that it is too simplistic to be entertaining for longer. Why did Microsoft add the Surf game to Edge? The company does not tell but the most likely explanation is to create buzz. Source: Microsoft improves Easter Egg Surf game in new Microsoft Edge browser (gHacks - Martin Brinkmann)
  11. Microsoft's new Edge browser is now rolling out to Release Preview Windows Insiders On January 15, Microsoft officially released the new version of the Edge browser, based on the open-source Chromium project. On that day, the company also announced its plans to make the roll out the new browser automatically to Windows 10 users. Now, the first phase of this gradual rollout is underway, as Microsoft has announced that the new Edge browser is now starting to roll out to Windows Insiders in the Release Preview ring. The rollout will continue to expand to everyone in this ring, and at some point, it should be available to the general public. Enterprise and education users won't get the browser automatically, though, at least for now. Of course, if you don't want to wait for it to roll out automatically, you can always download the browser from the official website, and it will still replace the legacy version. Recently, Microsoft rolled out version 80 of the browser, meaning it now runs natively on ARM64 devices like the Surface Pro X. Benchmarks have also shown that the new browser is noticeably faster than the legacy version of Edge. The next version will naturally be number 81, which was released in the Beta channel last week. That means there are about five more weeks to go until it arrives in the stable channel. Source: Microsoft's new Edge browser is now rolling out to Release Preview Windows Insiders (Neowin)
  12. Microsoft Edge on iOS adds tracking prevention settings Microsoft is rolling out a new update to its Edge browser on iOS, and it brings a couple of important features. First, users can now choose whether to sync their browsing data with Microsoft Edge Legacy (the UWP version) or the new Chromium-based version of the browser. The other notable addition is a new tracking prevention setting, which has already been present in the desktop version of the browser for a while. Tracking prevention prevents websites and companies form following users' activities throughout the web, which is a common method used to deliver targeted advertising. Edge offers three settings - Basic, Balanced, and Strict, which offer varying degrees of protection. The Strict setting can cause some websites to break, though. The mobile versions of Edge do include some built-in extensions, including AdBlock Plus, so this tracking prevention setting isn't necessary if you want to stop ads from showing up. It could be, however, a more native way to do it, and give you some control over the aggressiveness of your tracking prevention settings. The feature doesn't seem to be available on the Android version of the browser yet, but it would make sense for it to make its way there eventually. If you haven't yet, you can get Edge for iOS from the App Store. Source: Microsoft Edge on iOS adds tracking prevention settings (Neowin)
  13. How to add a Menu Bar to Microsoft Edge The Menu Bar, once a given for any desktop web browser, has been removed from the majority of web browsers. Some, Firefox or Vivaldi, still support a menu bar but even these need to be configured to display the toolbar permanently in the browser. Firefox users may use the Alt-key to display the menu bar at any time. Microsoft's new Edge web browser does not support a menu bar at all; that is no surprise as Chromium does not come with a menu bar. If you like to use a menu bar in your browser, you may install a browser extension in Microsoft Edge to restore it (also available for Google Chrome). All you need to do is install the Proper Menubar for Microsoft Edge extension from the official Microsoft Edge Addons website to add it to the browser. The extension requires no special permissions which is always good. Note that the extension does not alter the browser's user interface but adds a row underneath the address bar of the browser that acts as a menu bar. The menu bar displays the usual entry points such as File, Edit, View, or Bookmarks. Its nature limits some of its functionality as the extension does not display browser-specific data such as the last visited pages or bookmarks. While that is limiting, users who like to work with menu bars do find some useful options attached to it. Here is a short list of useful options: Open or close Tabs or Windows. Zoom in or out. View Source Enter Full Screen mode. Minimize or maximize windows. Mute Tabs. Jump to different internal pages, e.g. downloads, bookmarks, history, flags, or the settings. Obviously, there is a bit missing when you compare it to native implementations. If you take Vivaldi's for example, the browser is also based on Chromium, you find the missing data entries for the history and bookmarks, as well as options to hide or show panels or toolbars, import options, and more. Closing Words Proper Menubar for Microsoft Edge adds a limited menu bar to the Edge web browser. Some users may like the functionality that it adds, others may dislike its limitations when compared to native solutions. The extension could be improved by allowing it to access the history and bookmarks, as these could then be displayed in the history and bookmark menus. Landing Page: https://microsoftedge.microsoft.com/addons/detail/mdffgnflikkenkkjhkgojbgkjabknlob Source: How to add a Menu Bar to Microsoft Edge (gHacks - Martin Brinkmann)
  14. An overview of all internal Microsoft Edge URLs All web browsers come with a set of internal URLs or addresses that users may open; these internal pages provide additional information, may be used to configure certain browser settings, for management purposes, or for other things. The new Microsoft Edge comes with its own set of internal URLs; since it is based on Chromium, it should not come as a surprise that the majority resembles those of the Chromium core and other Chromium-based browsers such as Google Chrome, Vivaldi, or Opera. Most browser makers change the protocol of internal pages and Edge is not different from those. You access internal pages with edge:// followed by a resource. One of the most convenient is edge://edge-urls/ as it displays a list of all resources that are available currently in the browser. While that is handy, the page lists links only and it is sometimes difficult to find out more about a page just by looking at the address. Internal Microsoft Edge URLs The following resources are available in Microsoft Stable. Development versions of the browser may include additional resources. edge://about -- Same as edge://edge-urls/ edge://accessibility -- Inspect the representation of accessibility in Edge and modify accessibility modes. edge://appcache-internals -- Lists information about the application cache (that sites may use). edge://application-guard-internals -- returns the status of the Windows-specific Application Guard feature, host information, a log, and utilities to check URL trust, Ping, and more. edge://apps -- Lists all applications installed in Microsoft EDge. edge://autofill-internals --Lists captured autofill logs. edge://blob-internals -- Lists blob data if available. edge://bluetooth-internals -- Provides information on Bluetooth connectivity including available adapters, devices, and debug logs. edge://compat -- Compatibility hub that lists Enterprise Mode Site List entries, User agent overrides, CDM overrides, and the status of Internet Explorer mode (including diagnostics). edge://components -- Installed plugins and components. The Adobe Flash Player version is listed here if installed, as is the Widevine Content Decryption Module, Trust Protection Lists, and other components. edge://conflicts -- The page lists all modules loaded in the browser and rendered processes, and modules registered to load at a later point in time. edge://crashes -- Lists all recently reported crashes. Includes option to clear the listing. edge://credits -- Lists credits for various components and features that Edge uses. edge://data-viewer -- Linked to diagnostic data. edge://device-log -- Provides device information, e.g. events of Bluetooth or USB devices. edge://discards -- Tabs may be discarded by the browser, e.g. to free up memory. The page lists those tabs and related information. edge://download-internals -- Displays the download status, and provides options to start a download. edge://downloads -- Opens the internal downloads management page listing all downloads of Edge. edge://edge-urls -- Lists all internal URLs. edge://extensions -- Lists all installed extensions and their status. edge://favorites -- Lists all bookmarks. edge://flags -- Opens a page full of experimental features that may be managed from that page. edge://gpu -- Provides detailed information about the capabilities of the graphics adapter as well as driver bug workarounds and potential problems. edge://help -- Displays the current version of Microsoft Edge and runs a check for updates. edge://histograms -- Stats accumulated from browser startup to previous page load. edge://history -- Opens the browsing history. edge://indexeddb-internals -- Information about the use of IndexedDB by sites. edge://inspect -- Configure port forwarding for USB devices and configure network targets. edge://interstitials -- The page displays various interstitial pages that EDge displays, e.g. when it detects a captive portal, on SSL errors, or when you are encountering lookalike URLs. edge://interventions-internals -- Lists the intervention status, flags, logs, and other information. edge://invalidations -- Lists invalidations debug information edge://local-state -- JSON data that lists browser features and policies, and their status. edge://management -- Page is only active if Edge is managed by a company or organization. edge://media-engagement -- Lists media engagement values, and displays sessions. edge://media-internals -- Provides media information. edge://nacl -- Displays NaCl (Native Client) information. edge://net-export -- Option to capture a network log. edge://net-internals -- Removed. edge://network-error -- Removed. edge://network-errors -- Lists all available network errors that Edge may throw edge://new-tab-page -- Opens a blank New Tab page. edge://newtab -- Opens Edge's default New Tab page. edge://ntp-tiles-internals -- Provides information on New Tab Page data, e.g. whether Top Sites is enabled, the list of sites, and more. edge://omnibox -- Displays address bar input results on the page. edge://password-manager-internals -- Provides internal information on the password manager in Edge. edge://policy -- Lists policies that are set in Microsoft Edge. Option to export to JSON. edge://predictors -- Lists auto-complete and resource prefetch predictors. edge://prefs-internals -- JSON data listing preferences and their status. edge://print -- Print Preview page. edge://process-internals -- Information about site isolation mode and the sites that are isolated. edge://push-internals -- Push Messaging debug snapshot. edge://quota-internals -- Disk quota information including available free disk space for the profile directory. edge://sandbox -- Detailed sandbox status for Edge processes. edge://serviceworker-internals -- Service Worker information. edge://settings -- Opens the main Settings page of the browser. edge://signin-internals -- Details about the sign-in status, refresh tokens, email addresses and more. edge://site-engagement -- Site engagement scores for every visited site. edge://supervised-user-internals -- Removed. edge://sync-internals -- Provides lots of information about synchronization in Edge. edge://system -- System information, e.g. Edge and Windows version, whether enrolled to domain, and more. edge://terms -- License Terms. edge://tracing -- Record, load, and save trace data. edge://translate-internals -- Provides information on the built-in translation functionality. edge://usb-internals -- Option to test USB devices and a devices list. edge://user-actions -- Lists user actions. edge://version -- Edge version information including command line parameters and variations (experiments). edge://webrtc-internals -- create WebRTC dumps. edge://webrtc-logs -- Lists of recently captured WebRTC text and event logs. For Debug The following pages are for debugging purposes only. Because they crash or hang the renderer, they're not linked directly; you can type them into the address bar if you need them. edge://badcastcrash/ edge://inducebrowsercrashforrealz/ edge://crash/ edge://crashdump/ edge://kill/ edge://hang/ edge://shorthang/ edge://gpuclean/ edge://gpucrash/ edge://gpuhang/ edge://memory-exhaust/ edge://memory-pressure-critical/ edge://memory-pressure-moderate/ edge://ppapiflashcrash/ edge://ppapiflashhang/ edge://inducebrowserheapcorruption/ edge://heapcorruptioncrash/ edge://quit/ edge://restart/ Source: An overview of all internal Microsoft Edge URLs (gHacks - Martin Brinkmann)
  15. The Chredge “new tab” page won’t let you hide the Search box, or choose a search provider other than Bing, for the foreseeable future Just saw this tweet from Rafael Rivera: Edge team still has no plan to let you choose your own search provider (or hide the search box completely) on the New Tab Page. The battle continues. He includes a screenshot from the Chredge team’s Top Feedback Summary for February 11:, which shows that these proposed feature improvements have been on the list for the past six months: And they’re still “Under review.” Sigh. Source: The Chredge “new tab” page won’t let you hide the Search box, or choose a search provider other than Bing, for the foreseeable future (AskWoody - Woody Leonhard)
  16. How to replace Edge as the default browser in Windows 10 — and why you shouldn’t Just because Microsoft wants you to use the Edge browser doesn’t mean you have to. Here’s how to make Chrome, Firefox or another your primary browser in Windows 10. (But are you sure you want to?) Microsoft Microsoft has been struggling to get people to use its Edge browser for years. Even though the company made Edge the default browser in Windows 10, users left in droves, most of them flocking to Google Chrome — and with good reason. Edge was underpowered, had difficult-to-use features, and offered very few extensions compared to Chrome and Firefox. Now Microsoft has launched a new version of Edge that’s based on the same technologies that drive Chrome. The new Edge is a much better browser, and there are compelling reasons to use it. But you might still prefer to use Chrome, Firefox, or one of the many other browsers out there. Note that even if you’ve previously set up another browser to be your default, it might have been changed since then. When there’s a major Windows 10 upgrade, the upgrade recommends switching to Edge, and you might have inadvertently made the switch. Whatever the reason, if Edge is your default Windows 10 browser, it’s easy to switch. to the browser of your choice. As I’ll show you, it only takes a few minutes. The instructions in this article assume that you’ve installed the latest version of Windows 10 — version 1909, a.k.a. the November 2019 Update. If you haven’t installed it, the screens you see may vary somewhat from what you see here. Why you might want to stick with Edge The new Edge will be automatically delivered to most Windows 10 Home and Pro users via Windows Update, while enterprise users will likely get it only when their IT departments roll it out. If you’ve been using the old Edge as your default browser, the new one will be your default as well. If you’ve set another browser as your default, the new Edge won’t automatically override your preference — but like all browsers, it will ask if you want to make it the default. It’s probably worth at least trying out the new Edge. The browser offers a clean design with intuitive features. The biggest drawback to the old Edge was its paltry selection of browser extensions, but because the new Edge uses the same rendering engine as Chrome, it can run Chrome extensions, which number in the thousands. And unlike Chrome, Edge offers tracking prevention, which blocks ad providers from tracking you from website to website. In my tests, Edge also feels faster than Chrome and uses on average 14% less RAM. And it has some interesting features worth trying, such as the ability to launch a website as if it’s an app. All that said, you might not be interested in trying out the new Edge, or you might try it and decide you still prefer Chrome, Firefox, or another browser. You may, for example, like Firefox’s ability to alert you when a website covertly uses your computer’s processor to mine cryptocurrency in the background, without your knowledge. Or you might like the way Chrome’s Omnibox (the place you type URLs and searches) can do things like perform math functions, convert currencies or answer questions such as naming the capitals of U.S. states without having to search the internet. If you want to use another browser as your default, here’s what to do. How to designate another browser as your default The first thing you need to do to switch to another browser as your default is to install the other browser on your system. After that’s done, click the Windows 10 Start button and click the Settings icon that appears on the left-hand side of the screen. (It looks like a little gear.) You can also type “settings” into the search box and click the Settings result that appears at the top of the screen. IDG In the Settings app, select Apps > Default apps. The Default apps screen appears. It shows the default apps for email, maps, playing music and videos, viewing photos, and more. To change the default browser, you’ll have to scroll down toward the bottom of your screen. IDG Near the bottom of the screen, you’ll see Microsoft Edge under the “Web browser” listing. Click the Microsoft Edge icon and you’ll see a pop-up with a list of your installed browsers. IDG (Side note: The pop-up also has a “Look for an app in the Microsoft Store” option, but if you click it, you won’t find Chrome, Firefox, Opera or any other browser you’ve likely ever heard of. Clicking it launches a search of the Windows App Store for the term “http,” which turns up a motley collection of apps, from file downloaders to an app that dims your Windows background to make it easier to view videos. There are also some little-known browsers listed, such as Super-Fast Browser and BlueSky Browser. Try them out if you like, but keep in mind that they’re Windows Store apps, and as a general rule, Windows Store apps are underpowered compared to desktop apps like Chrome, Firefox and Opera.) Click the browser that you’d like to be your default browser. No need to restart; your work is done. This story was originally launched in September 2017 and most recently updated in February 2020. Source: How to replace Edge as the default browser in Windows 10 — and why you shouldn’t (Computerworld - Preston Gralla)
  17. How to use Edge’s tools to protect your privacy while browsing The latest Chromium-based version offers more protection than its predecessors Illustration by Alex Castro / The Verge Version 80 of Microsoft’s Edge browser, now based on the Chromium source code, launched on January 15th, and with it came an increased focus on privacy. Edge includes tools to block both first-party cookies (used to keep you logged in or remember the items in your shopping cart) and third-party tracking cookies (used to keep track of your browsing activity). Below are instructions on how to change your settings, see what trackers are stored on your browser, and delete any cookies. We also address how Edge deals with fingerprinting, another method of tracking which identifies users by collecting details about their system configuration. Deal with trackers The new version of Edge blocks trackers by default using one of three different levels of protection. “Balanced,” which is active upon installation, blocks some third-party trackers along with any trackers designated as “malicious.” This mode takes into account sites you visit frequently and the fact that an organization may own several sites; it lowers tracking prevention for organizations you engage with regularly. “Basic” offers more relaxed control; it still blocks trackers, but only those Microsoft describes as “malicious.” You can also switch to “Strict,” which blocks most third-party trackers across sites. To change your level of protection: Click on the three dots in the top right corner of your browser window and go to “Settings,” then “Privacy and Services.” Make sure “Tracking prevention” is switched on, and then select which level you want. Adjust your tracking settings While Edge provides you with the three easy-to-choose tracking modes, you can also dive deeper to see which trackers are blocked, and make exceptions for specific sites. On the “Privacy and Services” page, look for the “Blocked trackers” link just beneath the three tracking prevention modes. Here, you can see all of the trackers Edge has blocked. Beneath that is the “Exceptions” link, where you can specify any sites where you want tracking prevention turned off. When you’re at a site, you can see an accounting of how effective your tracking prevention is by clicking on the lock symbol on the left side of the top address field. The drop-down box allows you to view the associated cookies and site permissions, allow or disable pop-ups, tweak the tracking permissions for that site, and see what trackers have been blocked. Clean up your cookies Conveniently, Edge can delete several types of data each time you close it, including browsing history, passwords, and cookies. Go to the “Clear browsing data” section of “Privacy and Service” (which can be found under the aforementioned tracking prevention levels). Click the arrow next to “Choose what to clear every time you close the browser.” Toggle on any of the data categories you’d like to be cleared each time you exit Edge. You can also manually clear your cookies and other data at any point: Next to “Clear browsing data now,” click on the button labeled “Choose what to clear.” This will open up a smaller window with several options. Select the box for “Cookies and other site data” or any other type of data you want to delete. Click “Clear now.” There are also other privacy features on the “Privacy and Services” page, including options to send a “Do Not Track” request (although the usefulness of such a request can be questionable) and to choose your search engine. Fingerprinting and ad blocking According to Microsoft, the three tracking prevention modes (especially the Strict mode) will help protect against the type of personalization that leads to fingerprinting. Edge does not block ads natively, but you can download ad-blocking extensions. Because the browser is now based on Chromium, many Chrome extensions (as well as extensions from the Microsoft Store) will work with this latest version of Edge, a distinct advantage. Source: How to use Edge’s tools to protect your privacy while browsing (The Verge)
  18. Microsoft syncs Edge's release to Chrome's cadence It looks like Microsoft plans to update its Chromium-based Edge browser at about the same pace Google updates its Chrome browser. Microsoft Microsoft last week quietly upgraded its Chromium-based Edge to version 80, the first refresh for the browser since it debuted in a stable format three weeks earlier. The Redmond, Wash. company upgraded Edge to version 80.0.361.48 on Friday, Feb. 7, just three days after Google upgraded Chrome to version 80. Chrome and Edge each rely on Chromium, the Google-dominated open-source project responsible for creating and maintaining the browsers' core technologies, including the rendering and JavaScript engines. Chromium set version 80 in stone in early December 2019 Since then, developers at both Google and Microsoft have been working on their versions of Chromium 80, each using a multi-stage cadence of Canary, Dev, Beta and then Stable builds to release progressively more reliable and polished code. One question that Microsoft has not addressed is how long it would take to get from Chromium to a finished version of Edge, most importantly whether there would be a lag, and if so, how long,between Google launching Chrome and Microsoft releasing Edge. The shorter the lag, the better: Criminals could conceivably exploit a large gap by reverse engineering Chrome's fixes for that version's security vulnerabilities, then applying the results to a not-yet-patched Edge. The first Chrome security update issued after Edge's Jan. 15 launch was on Jan. 16. Microsoft delivered an update for the same vulnerabilities on Jan. 17. Although the narrow window between the two was encouraging, what was still unknown was the length of the lag between Google promoting a new version of Chrome to the Stable branch and Microsoft following suit. That lag turned out to be only three days. On Tuesday, Jan. 4, Google released Chrome 80.0.3987.87, with new features as well as 56 security fixes. Google listed 37 of the 56 with CVE (Common Vulnerabilities & Exposures) identifiers. Ten of the 37 were marked "High," the second-most-serious ranking in Chrome's (and Chromium's) four-step rating system. In Microsoft's ongoing Edge security advisory, the firm reported that Edge 80.0.361.48 also included fixes for the same 37 CVEs. (Presumably, Microsoft also patched the 29 bugs for which Google did not list CVEs.) What Microsoft has yet to do is describe what non-security changes were made to Edge between versions 79 and 80. (To be fair, Google has not done the same for Chrome 80, in part because it tends to tout new features and functionality when they reach the browser's Beta build.) A commentary on the support page titled "Release notes for Microsoft Edge Security Updates," for example, was laughably short, and in the advisory Microsoft took to linking to Google's notes for Chrome 80. Some ideas about changes made in Edge 80 can be gleaned by searching the browser's group policies' documentation using the string "since version 80." Doing so signaled that Edge 80 will likely began to enforce the SameSite cookie control standard around the same time as does Chrome, and that it will also tackle mixed content, notably blocking downloads of files over non-encrypted connections, as Chrome is to do in March. The near-to-Chrome release of Edge 80 also means that users of the latter should expect upgrades on the same rhythm as Chrome users do their browser, and close to the same dates. The next several versions of Chrome are scheduled to release on these dates. Microsoft should upgrade Edge with days of them. Chrome 81: March 17 Chrome 82: April 28 Chrome 83: June 9 Chrome 84: Aug. 4 Chrome 85: Sept. 15 Source: Microsoft syncs Edge's release to Chrome's cadence (Computerworld - Gregg Keizer)
  19. Here is the list of connections that Microsoft Edge requires to work properly Microsoft's new Edge web browser tries to connect to various resources automatically when it is installed and/or running on a system. It is not uncommon for a browser to do so; a very common automated task is to check for program updates that may be downloaded and installed then on the local system. Browsers tend to do so automatically to push new program versions to user systems. While that is desired most of the time, some users may prefer more control over the process. Sometimes, it may be useful to know about the specific URLs that a browser tries to connect to. For one, it may be required if Edge is run in a network that sits behind a firewall and other security protections. The requests would simply be blocked automatically if security is configured to allow only access to certain resources on the Internet. Some users may want to know about these URLs to block them right away. A user could block update requests to update Microsoft Edge manually when it is appropriate, or disable the experimentation and configuration service to avoid configuration or functionality changes made by Microsoft. Administrators who don't want Edge to connect to the Internet automatically could block all of these URLs in a firewall or security application. Here is the master list of connections that Microsoft Edge may make or require to function properly: Run update checks https://msedge.api.cdp.microsoft.com HTTP download locations for Microsoft Edge http://msedge.f.tlu.dl.delivery.mp.microsoft.com http://msedge.f.dl.delivery.mp.microsoft.com http://msedge.b.tlu.dl.delivery.mp.microsoft.com http://msedge.b.dl.delivery.mp.microsoft.com HTTPS download locations for Microsoft Edge https://msedge.sf.tlu.dl.delivery.mp.microsoft.com https://msedge.sf.dl.delivery.mp.microsoft.com https://msedge.sb.tlu.dl.delivery.mp.microsoft.com https://msedge.sb.dl.delivery.mp.microsoft.com HTTP download locations for Microsoft Edge extensions http://msedgeextensions.f.tlu.dl.delivery.mp.microsoft.com http://msedgeextensions.f.dl.delivery.mp.microsoft.com http://msedgeextensions.b.tlu.dl.delivery.mp.microsoft.com http://msedgeextensions.b.dl.delivery.mp.microsoft.com HTTPS download locations for Microsoft Edge extensions https://msedgeextensions.sf.tlu.dl.delivery.mp.microsoft.com https://msedgeextensions.sf.dl.delivery.mp.microsoft.com https://msedgeextensions.sb.tlu.dl.delivery.mp.microsoft.com https://msedgeextensions.sb.dl.delivery.mp.microsoft.com Experimentation and configuration service https://ecs.skype.com Provide data for browser features such as tracking protection, certification recovation list, spellcheck dictionaries and more http://edge.microsoft.com/ https://edge.microsoft.com/ Download delivery optimization Client to server: *.do.dsp.mp.microsoft.com (HTTP Port 80, HTTPS Port 443) Client to client: TCP port 7680 should be open for inbound traffic Source: Here is the list of connections that Microsoft Edge requires to work properly (gHacks - Martin Brinkmann)
  20. Microsoft has started using the Windows 10 Start Menu to suggest that Mozilla Firefox users switch to their new Microsoft Edge browser. With the release of Microsoft's new Chromium-based Edge browser, Microsoft has started promoting the new browser when typing various keywords in the Windows 10 Start Menu. Based on a Reddit Post, Windows 10 is displaying a suggestion to switch to Microsoft Edge when Firefox is installed or configured as the default browser. This promotion comes in the form of a suggestion at the top of the Start Menu that states "Still using Firefox? Microsoft Edge is here". Promoting Edge to Firefox users Another user also posted to the Reddit thread about seeing a promotion for Microsoft Edge when they searched for Internet Explorer in the Start Menu. Promoting Edge from the Start Menu Microsoft should be proud of its new Edge browser as it is faster, more compatible due to Chromium's codebase, and offers a wider range of extensions compared to the Microsoft Edge Legacy browser. At the same time, people are torn about using the Start Menu to promote its product at the expense of another competing product. Furthermore, Microsoft is known for pushing its Edge browser a little bit too hard in the past. For example, in 2016 Microsoft began promoting Microsoft Edge and the Bing rewards programs through notifications from the Windows 10 taskbar. Edge promotion Then in 2018, Microsoft began testing a feature in the Windows 10 Insider builds that would halt the installation of competing browsers and display an ad promoting Edge instead. Edge ad when installing a competing browser This tactic of halting a browser's install to promote Edge did not sit well with a lot of users and Microsoft never put it into practice. Disable suggestions in the Windows 10 Start Menu If you do not want Windows 10 to display suggestions like these in the Windows 10 Start Menu, you can disable it through the Windows settings. To do this, go to Settings -> Personalization -> Start and disable the 'Show suggestions occasionally in Start' option as shown below. Show suggestions occasionally in Start Once disabled, Microsoft will no longer offer suggestions in the Start Menu. Source
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    Microsoft Edge 80 Released!

    Microsoft Edge 80 released few minutes ago https://www.microsoft.com/edge Support for Dolby Vision, ARM64 support and more. https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/edge/features
  22. PCMark benchmark says the new Edge performs 10% better than the legacy version Microsoft's new Edge browser, based on the Chromium project, was released on January 15, and it's meant to replace the existing version based on UWP, now referred to as Legacy Edge. The browser has a few new features compared to the previous version, including Collections and support for Chrome extensions. But that's not all - according to the PCMark 10 benchmark, the new browser also has better performance. UL Benchmarks, the company behind the benchmarking tool, announced today that the PCMark 10 Applications Benchmark shows that the new Edge browser "at least" 10% more performant than the UWP version. The Chromium-based Edge received a total score of 9,631, well above the 8,435 of its predecessor. The company says that its Applications benchmark tests real-life usage scenarios, including accessing social media, watching videos, and loading images and 3D objects. Video playback seems even across the two versions, but otherwise, the Chromium-based Edge. Of course, you can also test this for yourself if you're willing to buy a PCMark 10 license. You'll simply need to run the Applications benchmark before and after installing the new browser, and the tool will get you the right results for each run. Source: PCMark benchmark says the new Edge performs 10% better than the legacy version (Neowin)
  23. Microsoft Edge DevTools are now available in 11 languages Today, Microsoft announced that DevTools in its new Edge browser are now available in 11 languages. On top of just English, you'll be able to use DevTools in Chinese (Simplified), Chinese (Traditional), French, Italian, Korean, Russian, German, Portuguese, Japanese, and Spanish. In order to use the new languages, you'll need to set a flag in any version of the browser except for Canary. For Canary, the feature is turned on by default. For the other branches, go to edge://flags, find "Enable localized Developer Tools", and set it to enabled. Once you do that, DevTools will be in the same language as the browser itself. Microsoft says that it's continuing to work on being inclusive with different locales. Next up, it will be looking at adding support for right-to-left languages, such as Hebrew and Arabic. It's also going to be working on localized documentation. And of course, Microsoft wants to hear your feedback. If there's a language that you'd like Edge to support, you can let the team know on Twitter. Source: Microsoft Edge DevTools are now available in 11 languages (Neowin)
  24. Tutorial: Here’s how you can run Classic and Chromium-based Edge simultaneously Last week Microsoft launched Chromium-based Edge for everyone and the browser is meant to replace the Classic Edge. Microsoft, however, published a document outlining a way you could keep both Classic and Chromium Edge on your Windows 10 device. The tutorial relied on Microsoft Group Policy editor but if you can’t access it, there’s another way to make both the Edge browsers run simultaneously. If you’re someone looking to run both the browsers then follow the steps below. Uninstall Chromium Edge by going to Control Panel>Programs> Programs and Features Once uninstalled, open Start Menu and type “regedit” (without quotes) to open Registry Editor. Press Yes if you get UAC pop-up. Navigate to “Computer\HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft” (without quotes). You can copy-paste the whole path in the address bar. Right-click on Microsoft key (left side-bar) and create a new key named EdgeUpdate Now click on EdgeUpdate to select it and create a new DWord 32-bit value and name it as “Allowsxs” (without quotes). Assign 0 as its value. To create a new DWord 32-bit, click on Edit>New>DWord (32-bit) Close Registry Editor Now head to the Microsoft Edge website and install back Edge Stable. You can check out our tutorial on how to get the offline installer for Microsoft Edge. Once installed, open Start Menu and you will the Classic Edge added to the Start Menu along with the new Edge browser. Note the Classic Edge browser will be displayed as Microsoft Edge Legacy in the Start Menu. Via Techdows Source: Tutorial: Here’s how you can run Classic and Chromium-based Edge simultaneously (MSPoweruser)
  25. Microsoft will NOT be pushing out the new Edge via Windows Update to everyone We reported in December that Microsoft has revealed that they will be pushing out the Chromium-based Edge browser to the majority of Windows 10 users. Microsoft will be pushing out the update, replacing the old Edge, to all Windows 10 users on Windows 10 RS4 (April 2018 Update) and newer. This may of course cause compatability issues, and Microsoft is releasing a Blocker Toolkit for enterprise users to control the rollout. Now Sean Lyndersay from the Edge team has revealed that most enterprise admins need not worry about the web rendering engine of their PCs being changed wholesale over the next few weeks. Microsoft now notes: The Blocker Toolkit is intended for organizations that would like to block automatic delivery of Microsoft Edge (Chromium-based) on devices running Windows 10 version 1803 and newer that are running the Home or Pro Edition of Windows. All other versions and Editions of Windows are automatically excluded from being updated automatically. Devices running Windows 10 Home or Pro Edition that are joined to an Active Directory or Azure Active Directory domain, are MDM managed, or are WSUS or WUfB managed, will also be excluded from this automatic update. Specifically, no enterprise versions of Windows will be automatically updated, meaning the Blocker Toolkit is just needed if you run Home and Pro on your enterprise network, and if they are not joined to a Domain. Admins can read more at Microsoft here. Source: Microsoft will NOT be pushing out the new Edge via Windows Update to everyone (MSPoweruser)
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