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  1. Microsoft Edge Browser Now Available in More Languages Microsoft has recently enabled multi-language support in its Chromium-based browser, and testers on Windows 10 and macOS can now change the language from the settings screen. The latest Canary and Dev builds released by Microsoft on both platforms come with such capabilities, and the official changelog confirms this is indeed possible in Microsoft Edge: “Added more languages that you can display Microsoft Edge in.” I tested this new feature in the Dev build of Microsoft Edge and it indeed works like a charm for specific languages, including French and Spanish. Support for more languages, such as Italian and others, is expected in the coming updates. To change the language in Microsoft Edge, you must first update to the latest version of the browser, regardless of the channel that you’re currently using. Once you do this, in the browser follow this path: Microsoft Edge > Menu > Settings > Languages > Add languages After you install the language that you want to use Microsoft Edge in, click the three-dot menu next to it and hit the option that reads “Display Microsoft Edge in this language.”More languages coming soonA reboot of the browser will be required to see the new language activated in the browser. Microsoft Edge is a work-in-progress, so every new update brings more refinements, which means that the existing language support is likely to be improved as well in the coming releases. Meanwhile, if something doesn’t work exactly as expected, such as your language coming with any mistakes, you can send feedback to the company using the built-in feature specifically implemented with this purpose. No ETA is available on the beta and stable builds of Microsoft Edge, but if the testing advances as planned, there’s a chance the browser goes live for production devices later this year. Meanwhile, anyone on Windows and on macOS can give it a try by downloading the preview versions. Source
  2. Microsoft Edge Browser for Mac Gets a Dark Theme Microsoft has recently released a new update for the Mac version of its new Chromium browser, and this time the improvements are substantial for Apple users. The Chromium-powered Microsoft Edge browser is available on the Mac in preview stage as part of Canary and Dev channels, and just like on Windows 10, Microsoft tries to roll out improvements for both of them regularly. The most recent update for the Dev build, which brings the browser to version 76.0.176.1, introduces a dark theme for macOS computers. At this point, however, this isn’t yet a fully-featured theme, meaning that there still are some parts of the browser that don’t follow the new mode. However, Microsoft says the dark visual style will be further refined in the coming updates, so sooner or later, the browser should feature a complete dark theme just like its Windows sibling.Edge on Apple’s own platformWhile Microsoft Edge is clearly improving on Macs as well, the bigger challenge for Microsoft is to convince Apple users to give up on Safari for its own browser. The new Edge comes to macOS with the same feature capabilities as Google Chrome, and the software giant hopes the rich collection of extensions, as well as its improved features, would be reason enough for Apple users to at least give its app a try. Right now, however, Edge is still a work in progress, but it does show that Microsoft is very committed to expanding beyond the Windows world with as many apps as possible. There’s no ETA as to when Microsoft Edge is projected to reach the stable channel on macOS, but the software giant obviously has no reason to hurry up on this, especially as finalizing the browser on Windows 10 is the top priority for the company. Source
  3. Microsoft Edge Browser for macOS Leaked Microsoft teased the macOS version of Microsoft Edge browser at the Build developer conference a few hours ago, but the company hasn’t said a single word about the date when it could release it for download. And while the software giant decided to stick with its already signature “coming soon” ETA, it looks like the download link for the Canary version of Microsoft Edge for Mac is already live. As discovered by Twitter user WalkingCat, who has an excellent track on Microsoft scoops, users can now download Microsoft Edge for Mac Canary version 76.0151.0 straight from Microsoft’s servers. The firm hasn’t officially released this version, so it’s safe to assume that it doesn’t offer support either, meaning that should you come across any bugs, you’re on your own trying to fix them.Currently in the Canary channelAt the same time, it’s important to keep in mind that Canary builds are very prone to bugs. In other words, while you can install this leaked version of Microsoft Edge for macOS and run it just fine, you shouldn’t configure it as your daily driver, as it can break down things the moment you expect the least. As for the feature lineup, the macOS version seems to be on par with the Canary sibling on Windows 10. Judging from reports coming from users who already installed this browser, Edge for macOS runs pretty smoothly, with no major issue discovered till now. By moving from EdgeHTML to Chromium, Microsoft can make Edge browser available cross-platform, and after releasing the preview builds on Windows 10, the company now wants to ship similar downloads for macOS and for earlier editions of Windows. Windows 7 and 8.1 will also be able to run Edge since it lands as a Win32 installer, albeit no ETA is available in this case as well. You can download Microsoft Edge Canary for macOS directly from Microsoft using this link. UPDATE: Microsoft Edge for macOS Dev is also up for grabs from this Microsoft page. Source
  4. Microsoft Reveals Even More Features Coming to Microsoft Edge Browser The Chromium-based Microsoft Edge project advances fast, and after Windows 10 preview builds, Microsoft has now quietly released an early version of the Mac browsertoo. And while the software giant is working on making its browser available for more testers, it’s also focusing on the new features that would debut in Edge at some point in the future. Among them is support for the dark theme, something that we have already spotted in the existing preview versions of Microsoft Edge, as well as PDF features. These features were highlighted by Microsoft in a dedicated Edge session at the Build developer conference (via Neowin) and are supposed to go live in the browser in a future update. Microsoft also says it’s working on a share button, spell checking (again a feature that’s now rolling out to testers) and an option to clear browsing data on exit.Features still under considerationBut at the same time, there are also several features that are currently under consideration and which may not make the cut. Among them, there’s tab preview, inking, a favorites hub button, and settings tabs aside. These are features that Microsoft claims it is “rethinking and evolving,” albeit as per the cited source, there’s a chance they might not be released at all. Needless to say, while they have previously been offered as part of the original Microsoft Edge feature, bringing them to the Chromium-based experience is much difficult, as Microsoft has a lot of work to do under the hood and Edge could be the only browser to benefit from it. Improving Chromium is more like teamwork now, with several companies, including Microsoft and Google, contributing to its development. Despite this, the Chromium-based Microsoft Edge is set to evolve in the coming months, so expect several new features to become available in the existing preview builds. Source
  5. Microsoft Edge Browser for Linux Possibly in the Works Microsoft is hard at work on migrating Edge browser from its very own EdgeHTML engine to Chromium, and after releasing preview builds for Windows 10, the company is now focusing on other platforms as well. For example, one of the short-term priorities for the software giant is to bring an early version of Microsoft Edge browser to macOS, and as we told you a few minutes ago, the download links are already live unofficially. Because it’s based on Chromium, Edge would be able to run on more than just Windows 10 and macOS, so it should technically land on any platform where Google Chrome is also available. According to a recent slide shown by Microsoft at the Build developer conference and spotted by Neowin, the Chromium-based Microsoft Edge could also make its way to Linux at some point in the future. The session, which was called “Moving the web forward with Microsoft Edge” focused on the efforts that Microsoft makes in the browser world and the features coming to the application.Chromium for LinuxThe slide you see here lists the platforms where Microsoft Edge will be able to run, and as you can see, it includes previous Windows versions, Windows 10, macOS, Android, iOS, and Linux. Microsoft Edge has already been confirmed on all platforms except for Linux, so it’s safe to assume that an announcement in this regard could follow very soon. Of course, we shouldn’t take this as a confirmation that Microsoft Edge is coming to Linux, albeit such a version of the browser simply makes sense. Chromium runs super-smoothly on Linux anyway, so there’s basically no reason for Microsoft not to bring its browser to the platform, especially given its Linux push recently. We have reached out to Microsoft hoping for a confirmation that Edge is coming to Linux and we’ll update the article when and if an answer is offered. Source
  6. Microsoft Announces New Microsoft Edge Browser Features Microsoft used the Build developer conference to announce a bunch of new features for its new Chromium-based Microsoft Edge browser. First of all, it’s Collections, a new feature that allows you to group content, like photos and text, into a central hub and then export it apps like Word and Excel. Collections uses cloud-power intelligence to keep the structure of your content, so, for example, you can easily transform things like a shopping list to a spreadsheet straight from the browser. This new feature is still in its early days, and it is supposed to arrive in the preview version of the browser at a later time. Additionally, Microsoft is introducing new privacy controls, including a dashboard concept with preset levels of information sharing. Users will thus be able to configure Edge with pre-defined privacy profiles suggested by Microsoft, and these include settings for trackers and cookies. MacOS preview “coming soon” The Redmond-based software giant is also introducing an early version of the Microsoft Edge-powered WebView, which brings Chromium to Win32 and UWP Windows apps. “For Windows developers, we’re showing a first look at our new Microsoft Edge powered WebView, which brings the fidelity of the Chromium platform to Win32 and UWP Windows apps, allowing for sophisticated hybrid apps that can blend native capabilities with your choice of an always up-to-date or versioned web platform. Interested developers can try our first preview of the Win32 WebView control and give feedback, and stay tuned for more updates the weeks and months ahead,” Microsoft announced. Developers are also provided with an Internet Explorer mode for full IE11 compatibility for internal sites and apps, a feature that’s supposed to come in handy particularly for enterprises who developed their own apps for employees. Microsoft Edge remains exclusive to Windows 10 for now, with preview builds only available for Microsoft’s latest OS. Testing builds for macOS and previous versions of Windows will launch soon, the company says. Source
  7. How to Enable Chromecast Support in Chromium Microsoft Edge Browser If you’ve just made the switch to the new Chromium-based Microsoft Edge browser after using Google Chrome for several years, you’re obviously expecting a similar experience, especially since both browsers run on the same engine. But while Microsoft Edge is indeed based on Chromium, it doesn’t mean that all Google features and services have been migrated to the new browser. In fact, Microsoft even rolled out a list of Google goodies that got the ax, and you can read more about this here. For those making the transition, this could be an indication that Microsoft Edge lacks Chromecast support. But in fact, Chromecast support is there, only that for the time being it’s disabled because everything just seems to be a work in progress. In other words, you’ll be able to enable Chromecast support using the steps detailed below, but keep in mind that there’s a high chance that some things may not work properly and instead hit bugs or even crashes that would otherwise be fixed in a future update. Enabling Chromecast in the existing versions of Microsoft Edge, however, only comes down to turning on two different flags in the browser. To do this, you first need to launch the application (both the Dev and Canary builds work just fine) and then type the following command in the address bar: edge://flags The two flags that we are going to use in order to enable Chromecast are the following: Load Media Router Component Extension #load-media-router-component-extension Views Cast dialog - #views-cast-dialog Type their names in the search bar at the top and enable them one by one. To do this faster, you can just copy the URLs below and paste them in the Edge address bar: chrome://flags/#load-media-router-component-extension chrome://flags/#views-cast-dialog These flags are at this point set to a Default value, which means they are Disabled since they are still a work in progress. So click the drop-down menu next to each of them and switch them to Enabled. A reboot of the browser is necessary to apply the changes. In order to stream content to Chromecast devices, you then need to head over to Microsoft Edge > More tools > Cast media to device, and the Chromecast device should show up in the menu after a quick scan. On the first run, you need to grant permissions for the process in the Windows firewall. Keep in mind that this feature isn’t officially supported at this point, so there are things that could go wrong after enabling it. According to this reddit post, for example, Chromecast support in Microsoft Edge could break down Microsoft account syncing, which is a key feature of the browser right now. In other words, if you logged in with a Microsoft account and find this a key feature of the new Microsoft Edge, you better not try out this guide or revert the changes to the original configuration after applying the changes. Microsoft says it worked together with Google on making some features happen, and there’s a chance that engineers are still giving the finishing touches to Chromecast support before it becomes available for everyone. “We still have a lot to learn as we increase our use of and contributions to Chromium, but we have received great support from Chromium engineers in helping us get involved in this project, and we’re pleased to have landed some modest but meaningful contributions already. Our plan is to continue working in Chromium rather than creating a parallel project, to avoid any risk of fragmenting the community,” the Microsoft Edge team explains. Source
  8. Try Out Focus Mode in Chromium-Based Microsoft Edge Browser While at first glance it looks like Microsoft is replacing EdgeHTML in Microsoft Edge browser with Chromium because the company can’t build its very own advanced engine, this migration comes with a series of benefits for the software giant and its users. And one of them is that the features already available in Google Chrome would technically be available for the Chromium-based Microsoft Edge browser too. As I said on several occasions, this begins with support for extensions. At this point, Google Chrome has the largest collection of extensions out there, so once it lands with support for Chromium, Microsoft Edge would become fully compatible with these add-ons as well. In addition to extensions, the Chromium-based Microsoft Edge will also support additional features, including here the recently-spotted focus mode. Not a long time ago, I told you that Google was developing a focus mode for Chrome and shared instructions on how to enable this feature before its official release. And according to the ones mentioned above, the focus mode will work in Microsoft Edge as well once the transition to Chromium is complete. What is focus mode?While Google hasn’t publicly announced focus mode and its purpose, the existing implementation in Chromium and the new Microsoft Edge provides us with a glimpse into its functionality. Basically, focus mode is nothing like the Focus assist feature in Windows 10 and which blocks notifications when running full-screen apps. In fact, the Google Chrome and Microsoft Edge focus mode is supposed to launch a specific tab in its very own dedicated window without any other controls. While at first glance this doesn’t make sense, it does when thinking about focusing on just a specific website without closing the others. The best example is probably the moment when you’re reading a longer article and you just want to keep one page in focus. Right-clicking this tab and triggering focus mode should allow you to do this easily. How to enable it in Microsoft EdgeBecause it’s based on Chromium, Microsoft Edge comes with focus mode too, and obviously, the steps to enable it are very similar to the ones in Chrome. First and foremost, launch the Chromium-based Microsoft Edge and in the address bar, type the following command: edge://flags Next, in the search box you have to look for the following flag: Focus Mode As an alternative, you can just copy and paste the following URL in the address bar of Microsoft Edge: edge://flags/#focus-mode In Microsoft Edge, the focus mode is currently set to default, which means that for the time being, it’s not enabled. Then click the drop-down menu and select Enabled. This will require a browser reboot to apply the changes. The next time the browser launches, you should see a new option in the tab context menu (when right-clicking a browser in Microsoft Edge). This will let you launch a specific tab in focus mode and thus read the content without any other options in the window. At this point, both the focus mode and the Chromium-based Microsoft Edge browser are a work in progress, so they should improve in the coming weeks before they become available to everyone. Microsoft Edge itself is expected to hit the shelves as a preview browser shortly, as Microsoft originally announced an early installer in the first months of 2019. The version that I’ve used for this tutorial is a leaked build, but it already works pretty smoothly, which itself is an indication that the release of the preview version is just around the corner. Source
  9. Completely Reset the Chromium-Based Microsoft Edge Browser The Chromium-based Microsoft Edge is now available for download, still unofficially since Microsoft hasn’t yet published the highly-anticipated preview build, so you can already find out what the software giant has been working on lately on the browser front. Technically, Microsoft Edge is Microsoft’s very own interpretation of Google Chrome, and because it’s based on Chromium, it comes with features that are similar to the ones in Google’s browser. The new Edge, however, retains the look and feel of the original browser, but given the switch to Chromium, there are also things that have changed versus its predecessor. One of them is the resetting option, which comes in handy whenever something goes wrong with the browser. And should you decide to install this leaked build, there’s a lot that may not work exactly as expected, especially because we’re still in the early development stages of the browser. So resetting the browser could be the only solution if the application stops working correctly. Before anything, however, I recommend you to try out the typical cleaning features that all browsers come with. This involves removing part or all the browsing data stored on the device, and this could help deal with issues that otherwise don’t seem to have a solution. To do this, you need to open the browser and then follow the next path: Microsoft Edge > Settings > Privacy and services > Clear browsing data Using this feature, you can basically remove things like cookies, history, passwords, and more, pretty much returning your browser data to zero bytes. When launching this cleaner, there are two different options, namely Basic and Advanced. Basic lets you clean browsing history, cookies and other site data, cached images, and files. The Advanced mode includes all of these plus download history, passwords, and autofill form data. You can also choose the time range for the cleaning, and when you’re done, just press the clean button and that’s it. On the other hand, if you want to perform a full reset of the browser, the option for this task is located at the following location: Microsoft Edge > Settings > Reset settings As the description of the feature reads, this option restores settings to their default values, and clicking the button here will provide you with a warning that explains what you are going to lose should you complete the process. “This will reset your startup page, new tab page, search engine, and pinned tabs. It will also disable all extensions and clear temporary data like cookies. Your favorites, history, and saved passwords will not be cleared,” this notification reads. If you’re ready to reset the browser, just click the button in the notification and that’s pretty much it. Obviously, there’s also the option of completely removing the browser from your device and then installing it once again, and you can always use it if the application encounters a bigger problem that cannot be resolved with the built-in resetting feature. I expect Microsoft to further refine the settings screen in the upcoming updates for the browser, especially as these are just early builds of the new Edge. Microsoft originally promised to publish a preview build of its Chromium-based browser in early 2019, so the release should happen any day now. As for the final version that would also run on older Windows releases and on macOS, nothing is certain at this point. Microsoft obviously wants to polish the browser as much as possible before it gives the go-ahead for the public launch, so expect further news in this regard later this year. Source
  10. How to enable dark theme in Chromium-Based Microsoft Edge Browser The new Chromium-based Microsoft Edge browser isn’t officially available for download, but as I told you not a long time ago, a leaked build lets us try out the application before the public launch. What’s important to know if you decide to download this version is that the new Edge browser is still in the development stage, so this particular build here is still an experimental release. In other words, while you can try out the Chromium-based Microsoft Edge in anticipation of the public release, many things could change by the time Microsoft gives the go-ahead. As several users who installed this Microsoft Edge preview discovered, the browser comes with a more refined look and features inspired by Google Chrome. But at the same time, it lacks some features that were previously available in the EdgeHTML-based Edge. One of them is a dark mode. Microsoft originally promised that the look and feel of the original Edge would be retained in the Chromium-based sibling, so the company is obviously working on migrating the dark visual style as well. And while it’s not yet available in this preview version of the browser, you can actually enable it thanks to a dedicated flag that you can find in the advanced configuration screen. Since Edge now runs on Chromium, enabling and disabling flags in the browser works just like on Google Chrome, so here’s what you need to do to enable the dark theme in this build. First and foremost, you need to launch the flags screen. And to do this, type the following code in the address bar: edge://flags The next screen should look just like the flag configuration interface in Google Chrome, so use the search box at the top to look for an option called: #edge-follow-os-theme As an alternative, you can just copy the code below and paste it in the address bar in Microsoft Edge to go directly to the flag you need to enable: chrome://flags/#edge-follow-os-theme As you can see in the description of the flag, its purpose is to allow the browser to adapt to the system settings in Windows 10. The original description is the following: “Use a light or dark theme (based on OS preferences) in your browser – Mac, Windows” As a side note, the description of the flag also serves a living confirmation that Microsoft is working on a Mac version of the new Chromium-based browser. In Microsoft Edge, this flag is set to Default, so you’ll just have to switch it to Enable to activate the dark theme. A browser reboot is required to save the settings. What you need to know is that this setting is tied to the system settings in Windows 10, so you need to activate the dark theme in the operating system as well to be able to use it in Microsoft Edge. To do this, you need to launch the Settings app on Windows 10 and navigate to the following path: Settings > Personalization > Colors > Choose your color > Dark Microsoft Edge toggles between visual styles as you make changes in Windows 10, so the new theme is applied immediately. By the time Microsoft Edge reaches the final development stage, I expect Microsoft to implement a more straightforward theme switcher, so you should technically be able to enable the behavior described here much easier right from the Settings screen. For now, however, there’s no ETA as to when the final build is projected to go live, and the only thing we can speculate at the moment is that a preview release is just around the corner. Source
  11. Details are about to emerge about a zero-day remote code execution vulnerability in the Microsoft Edge web browser, as two researchers plan to reveal a proof-of-concept and publish a general write up. Microsoft has not been told the details of this vulnerability. A tweet on November 1 announced that Microsoft Edge had been compromised once more. The proof was an image with the web browser that appeared to launch the popular Windows Calculator app. Exploit developer Yushi Liang informed his followers that the objective was to escape the browser sandbox and that he had teamed up with Alexander Kochkov to work on achieving it. The efforts of the two experts were hampered by a "crash bug in the text editor" Liang was using to write the exploit code. In a conversation with BleepingComputer, Liang said that they were focusing on developing a stable exploit and attaining full sandbox escaping of the code. The duo was also looking for a method to escalate execution privileges to SYSTEM, which would be the equivalent of taking complete control of the machine. The expert found the zero-day bug with the help of the Wadi Fuzzer utility from SensePost. He told us that he has already created the PoC (demo available below) code that validated his findings. Payouts for an Edge RCE exploit The market for 0days is robust and there are plenty of exploit brokers ready to offer attractive compensation to developers of fresh penetration code targeting web browsers. Zerodium pays $50,000 for a remote code execution (RCE) 0day exploit in Edge and doubles the payout for when sandbox escaping is achieved. Coseinc's Pwnorama payout program offers up to $30,000 for a previously undisclosed RCE exploit in Microsoft's browser and increases the reward up to $80,000 if it is accompanied by local privilege escalation. Vulnerability brokers are not the only ones offering juicy payouts for exploits. This year's edition of the Pwn2Own computer hacking contest Trend Micro's ZeroDay Initiative program offered $60,000 for a sandbox escape exploit for Microsoft Edge. Liang's web browser exploits Zero-days in web browsers seem to have captured Liang's focus lately as the developer recently wrote an exploit chain that achieved RCE on Firefox that took advantage of three bugs. The developer said that this proved to be a difficult task to wrap because of a third bug that required more work to get to obtain the coveted result. In another recent project, Liang set sight on Chromium browser where he was able to achieve code execution without sandbox escape, a task he relayed to a friend of his. To show that his PoC works, Liang shared with BleepingComputer the video below. To add a fun twist, the developer made Edge launch Mozilla Firefox and load the download page for Google Chrome: Source
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