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Microsoft is working on a new feature that integrates the company's Microsoft Edge web browser better with the company's Windows 10 operating system.

Called "share browsing data with other Windows features", it is designed to share data from Edge, such as Favorites or visited sites, with other Windows components. Search is a prime target, and highlighted by Microsoft at the time of writing.

Basically, what this means is that users who run searches using the built-in search feature may get Edge results as well.

The new feature is being rolled out in Edge Canary currently, and it is not even activated yet even on rolled out systems. [...]
 

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Dev channel update to 91.0.831.1 is live:
Hello Insiders! Today we’re releasing build 91.0.831.1 to the Dev channel. To start out, we’ve got two big features we’re excited to unveil, as well as some other exciting community updates:

As for all of this week’s new features and fixes:

Added features:
  • Added an option to the right-click menu to open the current page in Immersive Reader. Note that this option is only available on pages that are eligible for Immersive Reader to begin with.
  • Added the ability to use the system theme on Linux.
  • Added a management policy to control opening a PDF in Secure Mode. Note that updates to documentation or administrative templates may not have occurred yet.
  • Added a management policy to control if New Tab Page Content is Enabled, specifically content from Microsoft News. Note that updates to administrative templates or documentation may not be available yet.
Top Feedback Summary for March 23:
Hey there, Insiders! If you are one of our Canary users, you may have spotted last week that you now have your own update page. Our Dev and Beta channel users have been seeing these update pages whenever the channels receive a major update (for our Dev users, this is weekly), and we’re excited to bring that same level of details to our Canary users.

While not on this list but directly related to feedback from you all, the team wants to talk to Collections users! We have a survey running right now where you can apply to be a part of a research study about Collections – you even have a chance at earning some money! Talking with you all about your feedback during one-on-one conversations really helps us understand at a deeper level what your needs are, so we encourage you to sign up to chat with us!

In other “not on this list” news, today’s Dev channel update brings Microsoft account sync to Edge on Linux! This is something we have been working hard on, and Sean goes over the details in his forums post here.

Now, for this week’s updates to the list! Not much is being shuffled around this week, however we are marking Add a dictionary to the PDF reader as Addressed! Aditi’s PDF roadmap post talks about what we’re working on next for our PDF reader, and we encourage you to give it a read to see what we’ve done.

If you haven’t spotted it yet, we’ve implemented some more browser themes! William talks about this update here. This is part of the work around Users would like more theme and customization options, however we are continuously listening as we make adjustments in this space. Please continue to submit feedback to us about customization requests via the menu > Help and feedback > Send feedback. We still plan on work around this so we are going to keep this status as Planned for now.

That’s it for this week! We’ll see you all for next week’s update to your top feedback.
Personalize Microsoft Edge with built-in theme colors:
A few weeks ago, we officially kicked off our theming journey with the release of two dozen themes on the Microsoft Edge Add-on site. These themes allow you to change the look and feel of your browser profile with colors and imagery inspired by Microsoft 365 and some of your favorite Xbox franchises like Halo, Sea of Thieves, Microsoft Flight Simulator, and more. Sometimes, however, you just want a splash of color. Today, we’re excited to announce that we’ve made it even easier to personalize Edge with 14 brand new theme colors in Settings.

Beginning with today’s Dev channel update, we’ve updated the Appearance page in Settings to make it easier than ever to theme your browser. The Overall appearance section changes the primary look of the browser, including new tabs, pages, dialogs, and other menus. By default, Edge will try to match the appearance of your operating system, but if you prefer to always live in light or dark mode you can do that too. Like other Chromium browsers, this setting applies to all of your profiles.
 

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"Microsoft Edge gets option to fade Sleeping Tabs"
Microsoft added a new option to the latest Edge Canary version. In case you are wondering, I discovered the feature in Edge Canary 91.0.838.0.

Fade Sleeping Tabs is listed as a new feature on the page. It was enabled by default in the Edge Canary test version.

The feature fades the icons of sites that are put to sleep in Edge. It is easy to overlook at first, but if you check the tab bar or sidebar listing after some use of the browser, you may notice that some of the icons are faded while others are not.

Faded tabs use fewer resources than loaded tabs. It is a visual distinguisher that makes it easier for users to distinguish between sleep mode tabs and tabs that are active.
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Dev channel update to 91.0.838.3 is live:
Hello Insiders! Today we’re releasing build 91.0.838.3 to the Dev channel. Before we get started, we wanted to make sure you’re aware of an opportunity we mentioned last week. If you’re a Collections user, we’re running a survey to learn more about how you use them, and as an incentive to contribute, you may even win some money! To contribute to our research, take the survey here: https://microsoft.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_eWkUzl9D05MxqUS.

We also are aware that people are continuing to see Edge sometimes display its UI in an unexpected language. If that’s the case, we’d love to know more about it, and have started a discussion here so we can learn more: https://techcommunity.microsoft.com/t5/discussions/discussion-edge-displays-in-an-unexpected-languag.... As for everything that’s new in the product:

Added features:
  • Sign-in and sync for personal Microsoft accounts is now turned on by default on Linux! See our announcement from last week for more details: https://techcommunity.microsoft.com/t5/articles/users-can-now-sign-in-and-sync-their-favorites-with-....
  • The PDF mini menu is gaining two new options! When you highlight a word, you’ll now see an option to search for that word or to define it. Those two options have been promoted from the full context menu due to common use, and you can read more about it here: Introducing Dictionary for PDF mini menu.
  • Added the ability to open the Favorites, History, etc. management pages by clicking the Favorites, History, etc. name at the top of their respective popup menus.
  • Added a setting to control whether or not Sleeping Tabs appear faded.
  • Added a notification to switch profiles when a website or PWA is installed in one browser profile and you try to install the same one again in another profile. Note that this has been rolling out over the past few weeks, and is now enabled by default.
  • Added a management policy to control if Application Guard Traffic Identification is Enabled, which controls if Application Guard windows send extra headers to identify to web pages that they’re being showing in an Application Guard window. Note that updates to documentation or administrative templates may not have occurred yet.
A special thanks to all our Linux users for helping us get to the point where we could turn on sign-in and sync!
Top Feedback Summary for March 31:
Hello, Insiders! We have one new item we’re adding on today Under Review and another item is moving into discussion, so let’s just hop right into it.

This week we’re adding on a new vertical tabs item: Users can move Vertical Tabs to the right side of the screen. This is something we’ve seen requests not only submitted to us directly but also on our social channels! The team is currently reviewing this item, but once we have more details to share about this bit of feedback we will update here.

We are moving Enable option to match Windows display language from Under Review to In Discussion. Kofi posted a discussion thread here to talk about how this works in Edge now and how we can better understand this feedback. Please hop over to that thread to detail your experience with languages on Windows!

While not on this list, our Edge on Linux users will be excited to know that sync no longer needs the flag we mentioned last week! Continue to report any issues you spot or any suggestions you have about improving the browser through our feedback tool by holding Alt+Shift+I on your keyboard with Edge in focus.

That’s all for this week! We will chat at you for next week’s update.
 

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Microsoft testing feature to secure autofilling passwords on Edge:
What you need to know
  • Microsoft Edge Canary now lets you enable an option to require passwords before it autofills passwords.
  • The feature will help secure the browser from people who gain access to a PC.
  • It appears to be an optional feature.
Microsoft Edge gets Assistance Menu and a unified Startup & New Tab Settings Page:
Microsoft wants users to know Edge users about browser features, tips, and announcements through a dedicated menu from the toolbar. You’ll find the new Assistance menu similar to Download, History, and Favorites flyouts. And, the Redmond Software giant is creating a one-page –edge://settings/startHomeNTP” – to manage Edge’s On startup, New Tab, and Home page settings.

Seems Microsoft is fetching content from the Edge tips page and showing through Assistance Hub.
The Assistance Home is a controlled rollout feature in Edge Canary. Not enabled by default.

Settings are something that is not permanent. From time to time, Microsoft makes changes to them.
Some will be moved to a new place and some get merged into other related component’s Settings.
Till now on Startup and New Tab Page are separate Settings.
Microsoft combined them into one at settings > Start, home, and new tabs by bringing the Home button under Customize toolbar in Appearance Settings.
 

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Dev channel update to 91.0.845.2 is live:
Hello Insiders! Today we’re releasing build 91.0.845.2 to the Dev channel. In community news this week, it’s a little quiet, but we’ve got lots of exciting features and fixes to talk about:

Added features:
  • Added the ability to select and delete multiple passwords at the same time from edge://settings/passwords.
  • Added the ability to quickly toggle between two tabs on Mac via a keyboard shortcut. Note that this is already available on Windows via Edge’s tab integration into the Alt+Tab switcher.
  • Added a Certificate Management Settings page on Linux.
  • Added a message to explain that Vertical Tabs can’t be collapsed when IE mode tabs are open.
As always, we couldn’t do this without you!
Top Feedback Summary for April 7:
Greetings, Insiders! As is customary with the first update of the month, we have a few items shuffling around with two being addressed! Let’s dig in!

First up, moving from Planned for March to Planned for April is Provide an option to prevent auto-play of video and audio when you open a website. We have done some work around this, and Insiders like yourselves have spotted that. We’ll take this moment to remind everyone of our definitions for these statuses. Planned for … is designated for when an item should appear in Canary, not necessarily when they will be marked as Addressed. If you’re curious about the definitions for the other statuses, scroll down below the table for those details.

Next, two items are being marked as Addressed. One we highlighted with the Dev channel update last week, Ask users if they want to close all tabs when they close a browser window. This is a setting that is off by default, and a request from users who were used to seeing this in Edge legacy, so we’re excited to bring this to users. Some web page fonts are blurry is also now Addressed, an item where some users had spotted specific non-Romanized languages were blurry. If you see any blurriness with fonts/text going forward, remember to send in feedback with a screenshot and details in the description of what you are seeing so that the team can dig in further.

Want to know how to get an item onto this list? Submit feedback! The easiest way to do that on Windows or Linux devices is by holding Alt+Shift+I to bring up the feedback tool, but all desktop users can find this by heading to the menu in the top right > Help and feedback > Send feedback. We’ll chat at you all next week.
 

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Project Robin comes to Microsoft Edge:
A new and mysterious flag has shown up on Microsoft Edge Canary. Called Project Robin, its description is cryptic, to say the least.

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The entry notes that the Project Robin flag enables Project Robin features, which is rather unhelpful.
Thankfully one of the changes it enables is not that difficult to spot. Project Robin adds a new New Tab entry, letting users open a new Robin tab.

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When you try and open the tab, it tries to open the page via https://dev.browse.trafficmanager.net. Traffic Manager is a Microsoft load balancing system.



An honoured contributor at Microsoft’s Edge forums suggests that Microsoft may be looking at bringing untrusted sites sandboxed by Windows Defender Application Gaurd to the same tab strip as your regular browser. Currently, such sites are loaded into their own window.
At present no further information is available, but I am sure it will not be long before the usual hackers tear the feature apart and reveal all the details.

Thanks, Patrick for the tip.
 

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Microsoft is working on its own version of Chrome Tab Groups called Edge Workspaces:
One of our favourite Chrome features is Tab Groups, which allows users to organize their browsing and reduces clutter in your tab strip.
Microsoft is finally working on its own version of Tab Groups, and it is called Workspaces.
Similar to tab groups, users will be able to create a workspace and add tabs to it.



Groups will then be accessible via the W icon in the tab strip.



Unlike Tab Groups however it seems each Workspace is being treated more like a virtual desktop than simply a way to group tabs, which will likely make the feature unpopular due to requiring a higher cognitive load.
What is nice about Microsoft’s implementation is that Workspaces are automatically persisted between sessions unless you explicitly close them.



The feature is currently in Edge Canary but only to some as part of a controlled roll-out.

Source: Leo Varela
 

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First Look at Microsoft Edge's Workspaces feature:
Microsoft Edge is getting a new feature called Workspaces. Workspaces are designed to improve the manageability of open sites in the browser, by using different workspaces for different tasks. The feature is being tested in Microsoft Edge Canary builds currently, but only available in some installations at the time of writing; there is a way, however, to unlock it in the browser.

Users who want to give it a try need to launch Edge with the parameter --enable-features=msWorkspaces.

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A Workspaces icon is displayed in the top left corner of the Microsoft Edge screen when the feature is enabled. A click on it displays information about the feature -- Organize your browsing activities with Workspaces -- and an option to create a new workspace.

You may specify a name and a color for a workspace that you create in the browser. All tabs open of the browser are moved into the first workspace that is created. Additional workspaces start with a new tab open, only. Each additional workspace is opened in a separate window, while all existing workspaces stay open.

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You may use each workspace just like a regular browser window. Microsoft Edge remembers each Workspace when you close the window, and you get options to reopen a workspace at any time, even after a complete browser shutdown. Workspaces don't get opened automatically on a new browser start; instead, a blank non-workspace instance is opened by default.

In other words: Edge remembers the sites and tabs that are open in a workspace, and provides users with options to launch these at any time. Workspaces can be removed as well, which deletes them permanently.

It seems that Microsoft Edge will support two tab management features in the near future: workspaces to use permanent separate browsing windows, and tab groups, to group tabs displayed in a window.

Workspaces is not an entirely new feature. Opera Software introduced Workspaces in Opera 67 back in February 2020 to improve tab manageability. Microsoft's version is not an identical copy but it works similar nevertheless.

Closing Words

Tab management options, like groups, containers, or workspaces, are being added to many browsers these days. The Workspaces feature fits perfectly, especially since it is adding permanent spaces to the browser that users can open whenever they need to access a specific workspace.
 

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Tab management options, like groups, containers, or workspaces, are being added to many browsers these days. The Workspaces feature fits perfectly, especially since it is adding permanent spaces to the browser that users can open whenever they need to access a specific workspace.
Interesting development. Workspaces alongside Chrome's tab groups. I am intrigued by the word "permanent" this could also add additional privacy separation between different workspaces like Firefox containers now offers. (y) Microsoft Edge offers two security improvements over Chrome and only one privacy feature (anti-tracking). With Chrome way ahead in installs and Edge just passing Firefox, it might be a good tactic to implement the cherries on the cake of Firefox into Edge to attract Firefox users.
 

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Another web article about workspaces:
 

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Dev channel update to 91.0.852.0 is live:
Hello Insiders! Today we’re releasing build 91.0.852.0 to the Dev channel. We’ve got lots of exciting changes to talk about today, but first, an opportunity for extension developers. If you’re shipping an extension from our Add-Ons website, and would like to have it featured on the site’s main landing page, check out how here: https://techcommunity.microsoft.com/t5/articles/get-your-extensions-featured-on-the-microsoft-edge-a.... As for the changes:

Added features:
  • Added the ability to open the History, Favorites, Downloads, etc. management pages by middle-clicking or ctrl+clicking their respective buttons on the toolbar or in the browser’s … menu, or by using the new entry in both of their respective context menus.
  • Added a button to the main Feedback dialog to attach files. Note that this functionality was previously present, but hidden behind the “diagnostic data” link.
  • Finished rolling out Password Monitor.
  • Enabled Rebates when shopping by default now that it’s completed its rollout.
  • Enabled support for the management policy from Chromium to control the Import Startup Page Settings, which controls whether or not data import from another browser includes importing startup settings.
Version 91 is coming to a close, and we expect next week’s builds to be the last for it in Dev. Thanks for helping us get here!
Top Feedback Summary for April 13:
Hey there, Insiders! We have a couple new items we’re adding this week, and shuffling around another one from March to April. Let’s hop into it!

As we continue work on the top sites for the new tab page, we’re updating that status from Planned for March to Planned for April. There have been some Canary Insiders who have spotted this change last month, so continue to send in feedback when you see this update to the new tab page hit your browser!

Two new items this week are around vertical tabs, and both are currently Under Review. Users can organize Vertical Tabs into groups is an item that the team is reviewing to ensure it falls into the same situation as Users can find and manage their tabs more easily by organizing them into associated groups. We’re also adding Users can easily close Vertical Tabs based on feedback from users like yourselves, and the team is reviewing this one. Once we have more information on any of the items that are currently Under Review, we'll share them here!

That’s it for this week! Come back next week to see what gets updated.
 

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Windows 10 gets Microsoft Edge Performance mode & Add text to PDF features in Canary:
Two new Microsoft Edge features have arrived on Windows 10. Microsoft Edge performance mode and capability to add text to PDF are now available for Edge insiders in in the Canary channel.

Microsoft Edge performance mode:

Microsoft Edge has a new performance mode that can be toggled “on” in settings. It is part of a controlled feature roll-out and one needs to be on Canary Build 91.0.856.0 or higher for a chance to get this feature.
The blurb provided in the description reads,Performance mode helps you optimize speed, responsiveness, memory, CPU and battery usage. Performance improvements might vary depending on your individual specifications and browser habits.”
When you turn on Performance mode by using the toggle, sleeping tabs timer becomes unavailable. While it is a a controlled feature rollout, you can turn it on using the below code.
–enable-features=msPerformanceModeToggle

Add text to PDF:

This feature has landed with Microsoft Edge Canary build Version 91.0.859.0. Using this feature, you can add text to any PDF opened in Microsoft Edge with your keyboard. Though the feature works with pen too for touch screens.
 

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Microsoft is testing a new Tab Action Menu in Edge Canary:
Microsoft is trying to declutter the Edge browser’s toolbar by combining functions into a single mini-menu.
The new button is called the Tab Actions Menu.
The menu consolidates 3 functions – turning on vertical tabs, re-opening recently closed tabs and adding all tabs to a new collection.
The feature is in the latest Edge Canary, but appears to be part of a controlled roll-out, with not everyone having access to the new feature.
 

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Microsoft Edge is getting better looking fonts on Windows 10:
Microsoft Edge seems to be getting a new feature that will make the text you see on the webpage smoother, clearer, and easier to read. The feature is called “ClearType“, which is a Windows-only technology that improves the readability of texts, especially on LCD monitors.

A flag for ClearType was added to Microsoft Edge with Canary build 91.0.862.0, but it seems to have been removed with today’s update (91.0.863.0). In the flags description, Microsoft noted that the feature is exclusive to Windows 10 and users can enable it to adjust the contrast and gamma settings.
 

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I have enabled "ClearType Text Tuner" in my Windows 10 before. So I don't need to enable any flags in my Edge stable 90.0.818.42, right?
As far as I'm concerned, ClearType is usually enabled on most Windows 10 devices. The shared news is about Edge Canary. I believe by the time this feature reaches the stable version, it will be enabled by default. So don't bother looking for anything related to this in the flags.
 

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Dev channel update to 91.0.864.1 is live:
Hello Insiders! Today we’re releasing build 91.0.864.1 to the Dev channel. This is our final build for version 91, give or take a small patch or two, so this is what’s coming soon to a Beta near you! Since it’s the end of a release, there’s not much to talk about, although we do have a small announcement for our mobile Insiders who have Apple devices: https://techcommunity.microsoft.com/t5/articles/microsoft-edge-insiders-and-our-ios-testflight-app/m.... As for what’s new in the product:

Added features:
  • Added options to print documents at their actual size or to fit them to the page.
  • Added an option to prompt before closing a window with multiple tabs open.
  • Added the ability to clear Media Foundation data on demand. Note that on-exit is coming later.
  • Enabled Math Helper by default on Mac and Windows now that the rollout has completed.
  • Added a management policy to enable Math Solver.
  • Enabled support for the Chromium management policy to control Explicitly Allowed Network Ports.
  • Added support for ClickOnce on Windows 7.
Those of you running Stable may have noticed that it also recently updated to version 90, and we couldn’t have gotten there without you!
Top Feedback Summary for April 21:
Hello, Insiders! As we continue to move our way up the ever-increasing number of versions we release, there’s a few things getting shifted around this week. Some are expected, one is getting merged, and we’re moving a couple up to Planned! Let’s jump into it.

As we work on this item, Bring the tab preview feature from the current version of Microsoft Edge is being moved from March to Planned for May. This is a feature that is available to some of those using Canary or Dev, but it’s currently not available for everyone.

On the same subject as tabs, we are merging the Users can organize Vertical Tabs into groups item into Users can find and manage their tabs more easily by organizing them into associated groups. After an internal discussion, the team confirmed that both vertical and horizontal tabs are being considered in this latter grouping item. More tabs news: Both Users can easily close Vertical Tabs and Hide or shrink the title bar when vertical tabs are enabled are moving from Under Review to Planned!

In other feature spaces this week, we’re updating Allow users to turn off the “Disable developer mode extensions” notification from Planned to March to Planned for May.

Next week is the last week of April and we expect to see Edge 92 move into the Dev channel while Edge 91 moves into our Beta channel. Items appear on this list based on the feedback users like yourselves send us. Want something on this list? Submit your suggestions directly through the browser via the menu > Help and feedback > Send feedback so the team can consider your feedback.

We’ll be back with the latest updates next week!
 

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Microsoft Edge to make it easier to move tabs to different windows and Profiles:
Microsoft Edge is about to make moving tabs between windows and different profiles a lot easier than before with the new “Move tab to” menu item in the tab context menu. The feature is available behind a flag in Edge Canary, here is how you can enable and make use of it.

With Microsoft Edge, if you’ve plenty of tabs open, Edge allows moving an active tab to a new window or another open window.
If you’ve set up multiple profiles in Edge, the browser allows sending tabs to different profile windows when you use the option in the tab context menu.
In both instances, you need to right-click the tab and select “Move tab to new window” and “Move tab to profile window”.

In related news to Edge browser, Microsoft continues to experiment with new features in Canary. To the latest,
  • The company is working to make the text on the web page look clearer, sharper, and readable
  • Replacing the vertical tabs button with a new action menu that allows users to close vertical tabs, open recently closed, and add tabs to the new collection.
  • Edge now allows adding screenshots created and saved with Web Captures to Collections.
  • Microsoft promised it will let users create Vertical tabs as groups. The company recently said “users can find and manage their (vertical) tabs easily by organizing into associated groups. The Redmond software giant here could be hinting about the workspaces feature available to select insiders in canary.
 
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