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Dev channel update to 86.0.622.3 is live:
Hello Insiders! Today we’re releasing build 86.0.622.3 to the Dev channel. This is the final build for major version 86, give or take a few small patches, so this is what will be moving to Beta soon. Since we also released major version 85 to Stable recently, we also updated our security baselines. You can read more here: https://techcommunity.microsoft.com/t5/microsoft-security-baselines/security-baseline-for-microsoft-.... We also highlighted some improvements we made in the PDF highlighter tool: https://techcommunity.microsoft.com/t5/articles/highlighter-tool-for-pdfs-now-with-pen-support/m-p/1.... As for all the changes that are important enough to talk about:

Added features:
  • Added the ability to delete a downloaded file from the file’s entry’s … menu on the Downloads shelf.
  • Added an option to show or hide the Favorites bar from the Favorites management page.
  • Added more alerts when Password Monitor detects a compromised password.
  • Added a management policy for Internet Explorer Integration Testing Allowed. Note that this policy only applies if IE mode is also enabled, and that updates to administrative templates and documentation will come at a later date.
  • Added a management policy to Enable Edge Spotlight Experiences and Recommendations. Note that updates to administrative templates and documentation will come at a later date.
  • Enabled support for Default Sensors Setting, Sensors Allowed For Urls, and Sensors Blocked For Urls management policies from Chromium.
  • Enabled a management policy for Insecure Form Warnings Enabled from Chromium.
Top Feedback Summary for September 1:
Hey there, Insiders! The PDF scrolling improvements we talked about last week are now turned on by default! If you use PDFs in our Canary or Dev channels, try out scrolling to see how you like the changes. Remember, this is just our first step in improving scrolling in PDFs. As mentioned, this is considered a quality area that we will continuously work on, so let us know your thoughts by sending us feedback directly through the browser via the menu > Help and feedback > Send feedback.

This week, we are happy to announce that we now expect the ability to ink on web page content to appear in Canary starting in September. We are not only updating the status from Planned to Planned in September, but we’re also updating the feedback to be more clear. Starting this week, you will see we’re tracking Add the ability to ink on web pages as Add the ability to ink on web page content.

Additionally, we’re moving Restore tabs if Edge or the OS is restarted for any reason from Under Review to Planned! While we don’t have a timeframe on when you should see changes in Canary, you will see any updates we have to this item here first.

That’s it for this week! As is the case with all items on this list, if there’s no update we have nothing to share at this time. Any updates we have will be communicated in these posts, so be sure to check back here weekly to see the status of your top feedback.
 

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So we will get it soon?
Don't know. It's still on planned in the list at the top feedback summary:
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New Microsoft Edge gets open/save/cancel prompts for downloads:
Starting in Microsoft Edge 87, currently available on the Canary channel, Microsoft has changed the logic behind the browser's download behavior. The default behavior has not changed; if you have not changed download settings, file downloads will happen automatically just as before.
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Dev channel update to 87.0.634.0 is live:
Hello Insiders! Today we’re releasing build 87.0.634.0 to the Dev channel. As you can see, this is the first release for major version 87, and we have lots of exciting new features to share! But first, an important update about the end of Adobe Flash: Update on Adobe Flash Player End of Support. We also would like to extend a special invitation to anybody who doesn’t sign into the browser. We want to hear from you tomorrow (September 10th) live and not in person: https://techcommunity.microsoft.com/t5/discussions/not-signing-into-the-browser-why-or-why-not-we-wo.... Now, for those exciting features:

Added features:
  • Added the ability to Open and Save As for downloaded items on the Downloads shelf before they begin downloading.
  • Added the ability to view a PDF’s table of contents and use it to navigate to locations within it.
  • Added a Website Permission Setting for sites that ask to open an application after clicking on a link.
  • Changed ClickOnce support to be enabled by default.
  • Enabled support for a Printing Paper Size Default management policy from Chromium.
  • Enabled support for management policies for Default File System Read Guard Setting, Default File System Write Guard Setting, File System Read Ask For Urls, File System Read Blocked For Urls, File System Write Ask For Urls, and File System Write Blocked For Urls from Chromium.
Top Feedback Summary for September 9:
Greetings, Insiders! This is a pretty small update this week as we roll out Edge 86 into our Beta channel and Edge 87 into our Dev channel. Let’s get into it!

We’re excited to mark Provide run / open / save / save as options when downloading files as Addressed today. Our wonderful team member Kent posted a detailed article about this new feature now available to users in Dev and Canary channels. He explains how you can enable it and notes a new addition to download management, deleting downloads directly from the browser. Head over to his post to read more about this feature and drop a comment to let us know how you feel about the change!

As always, even when we mark something as Addressed, we still want to know your thoughts about our changes! Happy with what we implemented or have thoughts on how we can improve it more? Drop us some feedback directly through the browser via the menu > Help and feedback > Send feedback. The team is constantly reviewing feedback to find ways we can improve, so keep it coming.

Until next week!
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No, it's now in the Beta channel.
Planned release date for stable version of 86 is in the week of 8 October 2020:
No, still on planned with no deadline yet:
 

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Microsoft Edge 87 gets a big PDF reader feature upgrade:
Microsoft has added a major new feature to the PDF reader in the Edge Canary and Dev versions of the browser.

The update brings support for PDF Table of Contents, an essential feature for students which has been missing till now.

Microsoft has been working to bring the PDF reader in the new Edge up to the standard of the old Edge browser, and has so far added Smooth Scrolling, Read aloud, Highlighter tool, Digital Signatures, Dark mode, and PDF Forms filling.

The reader is however still missing features such as Search function, Two Page layout, and add Notes, so Microsoft still has some work to do.

The feature is currently in the Dev and Canary channel and should come to mainstream users in a number of weeks.
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Microsoft Edge is getting a built-in password generator:
Microsoft Edge Canary/Dev builds are updated frequently with new features that are hidden or not well known. One of these features is a built-in password generator that you can use to generate strong passwords when you've to signup for new online accounts.

It should come as no surprise that it is important to use unique and strong passwords and Microsoft's new feature will make your life easier if you frequently create online accounts.

While you can always use third-party extensions to generate secure passwords for your new accounts, the built-in password generator tool lets you complete the task without the use of a password manager.

In the latest version of Microsoft Edge Dev and Canary, you can use a feature called "Suggest strong passwords" to quickly generate passwords.
 

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Dev channel update to 87.0.637.0 is live:
Hello Insiders! Today we’re releasing build 87.0.637.0 to the Dev channel. It’s a small week this week due to the holiday last week, but we do have some fun things to share about the launch of the Surface Duo. Here, we have an overview of how Edge works better with multitasking: https://blogs.windows.com/windowsexperience/2020/09/10/the-new-microsoft-edge-on-surface-duo-showcas.... And for developers, we’ve got an overview of how those dual screen APIs work and how they can get them working in their own websites: https://blogs.windows.com/msedgedev/2020/09/14/introducing-dual-screen-foldable-web-apis/. Developers also get a bonus: an overview of our new source order viewer in the F12 tools: https://blogs.windows.com/msedgedev/2020/09/15/source-order-viewer-edge-devtools/. As for everything in the browser:

Added features:
  • Added the ability to swipe downward on touchscreens to activate Shy UI
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As always, you’re the ones who make all this possible! To better know how we can serve you, we’d love for you to take our quarterly survey here: Quarterly Survey: September 2020.
Top Feedback Summary for September 15:
Why, hello there, Insiders! This week, we’re going to close out a couple of items now that they are fully into our Dev channel. Let’s get into those details!

First up, we introduced a password generator into our Dev channel with last week’s update, so we are marking Enable automatic generation of strong passwords as Addressed. When you go to a website that wants you to create a new account in either our Canary or Dev channels, you will now see the option to create a strong password via the browser.

Additionally, in line with our PDF Roadmap, we’ve implemented the ability to navigate PDFs via a table of contents. To use this feature, click on the Table of Contents icon on the top left side of the PDF toolbar to open a pane containing a list of the different sections within your document, then click on any item in the list to quickly navigate to that section in the document. With that, we’re also marking Enable navigation of PDF files via table of contents as Addressed this week.

We still want to know your thoughts! Is there something you see with these new features that you feel can be improved? Let us know by submitting feedback directly through the browser via the menu > Help and feedback > Send feedback (or, if you’re on mobile, by tapping the button and scrolling to Send feedback).
 

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To translate selected text in a new Microsoft Edge browser
  1. Ensure you’re using the latest Canary or Dev
  2. Visit non-English web page
  3. Select some text and right-click and select ” Translate selection to English”
translate selection to English option in new Edge

translate selection to English option in new Edge
 

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Microsoft Edge’s new killer feature will stop tabs from eating RAM:
Web browsers like to use memory and give your computer a good workout if you keep a lot of tabs open on a regular basic. On a laptop or 2-in-1, this can have a negative impact on the battery backup of your device. Fortunately, it looks like Microsoft Edge’s next update will solve that problem by automatically freezing those unused tabs.

Microsoft is working on a new feature called “sleeping tabs” for Microsoft Edge that lets the browser tabs ‘sleep’ by freezing those tabs down when they’re not in use.

Last year, Google introduced a similar feature called ‘freeze tabs’ as a way to reduce the amount of RAM used by the browser. Unlike Chrome’s freeze tabs feature, Microsoft Edge’s sleeping tabs feature is more advance and it could help you reduce the memory usage on Windows 10 or macOS.

Microsoft Edge’s new killer feature doesn’t actually close your tabs. In theory, it only suspends/freezes tabs that you’ve left fallow. According to an experimental flag in Edge Canary, this feature will automatically put idle background tabs to sleep to save resources.

If you’re someone who keeps over a dozen tabs open at any given time, this feature could help you boost the performance of Windows 10, especially on low-end hardware.

In addition, when it’s time to revisit that tab, you need to simply click on it and you’ll be able to access the tab again.

“Windows Sleeping Tabs should consider observed site characteristics as heuristic violations when opting-out domains. These characteristics are related to background notification such as modifying the tab title text, favicon, or playing audio while backgrounded,” Edge flag description reads.

Microsoft will also allow you to configure a timeout setting to decide when to put the background tabs to sleep automatically.
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Microsoft Edge is coming to Linux in preview in October:
"Our mission to bring Microsoft Edge to the platforms our customers use daily takes its next step: starting in October, Microsoft Edge on Linux will be available to download on the Dev preview channel. When it’s available, Linux users can go to the Microsoft Edge Insiders site to download the preview channel, or they can download it from the native Linux package manager," Microsoft announced at the Ignite 2020 conference.
 

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Microsoft explains how they’re making Chromium Edge faster:
Microsoft’s new Edge is slowly heading to all devices via Windows Update and it also comes pre-installed with Windows 10 October 2020 Update. While Chromium underpinnings enable access to more extensions and a couple of new features, all these improvements come at cost of performance.

Microsoft Edge has always been faster than Google Chrome, but after switching to Chromium, Edge’s RAM usage also increased. To reduce the impact, Microsoft started working on a number of new features that enable better memory and CPU management.

Microsoft Edge browser now comes with two under-the-hood features called “Profile-Guided Optimizations” and “Link-Time Optimizations”.

These features have helped Microsoft improve the benchmark scores of Edge by 13%. In April, Microsoft says they added several scrolling features to improve touch, scrolling and clicks accuracy on Windows.

With Windows 10 May 2020 Update, Microsoft Edge’s memory usage also reduced significantly. The company claims Chromium Edge memory usage dropped by up to 27% after the developers implemented “SegmentHeap”, which is a new feature available for Win32 apps.

Since Edge is faster after implementing SegmentHeap, Google has also decided to use the same feature for Google Chrome, which is also built on the Chromium platform.

Last year, Microsoft also shrunk the size of their browser by almost 50%.

While reducing RAM usage in any browser is important, it appears that Microsoft is working on other areas to make Edge faster. Microsoft says they’ve just “started” and more performance improvements will be released in the coming months
 

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Dev channel update to 87.0.644.4 is live:
Hello Insiders! Today we’re releasing build 87.0.644.4 to the Dev channel. We’ve also got some exciting announcements to make in the wake of Ignite:
As for all of the noteworthy features and fixes this week:

Added features:
  • Added dark theme support to sidebar Search.
  • Rolled out support more broadly for new Kiosk Mode features like idle timeout and automatic download deletion via management policy.
Top Feedback Summary for September 23:
Hello, Insiders! We have some big news to share today, something y’all have been patiently waiting for, so let us jump right into it. Note: This post is going up before our Dev channel update has been pushed out. That has been delayed and we expect to update our Dev channel tomorrow.

First up, we have two new items being added under Planned this week. Enable customers to pin Favorites menu to the side of the screen has been an ask from users who were used to the favorites management in Edge legacy. We’ve also heard that Some passwords are not saved for some users, and we plan on addressing that. While we don’t have any details for these items right now, you will see info about these first here.

As you may have heard yesterday at Microsoft Ignite, we’re excited to announce that the Dev channel for Edge on Linux will be available next month! We are updating Make Edge available on Linux from Planned to Planned for October.

We’ve had questions about the distribution for Linux once it’s available. For the initial launch, we are supporting Ubuntu, Debian, Fedora, and OpenSUSE. Starting next month, you will be able to download and install both .deb and .rpm packages from our Microsoft Edge Insider website.

We’re sure you’re curious about what is available with this version of Edge! While we are working to ensure that every feature in our Windows and Mac Dev channels is available in our Linux version, there are a few features that will not be available at launch. Sync (and its related services), read aloud, and differential updates will not be available immediately with Edge on Linux. We are working hard to bring these to users as quickly as possible, while also ensuring it’s done right. Once we know these changes are implemented, you will see them mentioned in Josh’s summary posts. Additionally, if any of this changes before we launch, we will work to ensure y’all are notified.

We continue to shape this browser based on your feedback. Have something you feel would improve your browsing experience? Let us know by submitting feedback directly through the browser via the menu > Help and feedback > Send feedback (or, if you’re on mobile, by tapping the button and scrolling to Send feedback).
Introducing Sleeping Tabs Experiment: Improving Memory Usage in Microsoft Edge:
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