- Apr 24, 2016
Microsoft has announced that it has analysed dozens of types of notifications that could be considered abusive and now attempts to block them for Edge users. It said that during this process, it identified websites that like to spam visitors and removed their notification privileges so they can’t harass users.
The company said that since May with the release of Edge 113, it has also been showing the first notification request from unfamiliar sites quietly with a subtle message in the address bar. Since making the change, the company has seen a significant decrease in the number of customers reporting notification issues.
On websites that Microsoft has not explicitly banned notifications on, users will still be allowed to see notifications if they’ve already accepted them. If you visit a website regularly, you’ll also be able to accept notifications from the website too.
If it’s your first time on the website and Microsoft Edge silenced the notification prompt, just look in the URL bar for a bell icon with a red cross. If you tap this, you will see an option to allow notifications on the website and another to manage notifications.
Microsoft said it has been taking drastic actions against websites that send spammy notifications out to users. Edge now bans some sites from sending notifications and silences other websites.