After releasing Edge Preview builds, Microsoft Edge team is working to bring new features and improvements to Chromium-based Edge browser. The team has looked into the feedback received via smiley button, insider forum, and their twitter handle and has decided to come up with a post by summarizing significant feedback and provide an update on the status on each of the item.
Microsoft says user feedback helped them to bring these notable improvements to Edge in Canary channel. The company gives a dark theme, Translation featured powered by Bing Translator, Privacy controls in Settings including the option to choose what to clear when you close the browser, reading view, sign-in and Sync of AAD accounts, etc as examples.
Microsoft Edge team’s David Rubino says, based on top feedback they’re planning to bring following improvements to Edge Canary in the next two months.
Edge Canary Channel in September 2019 could improve blocking of media autoplay, scrolling experience and could bring a new favorites button.
1. An option to prevent auto-play of Video and audio when you open a website.
2. A round of improvmeents to scrolling experience
3. A favorites button on the toolbar for quick access to favorites
Microsoft has planned to address the following in Canary version in October 2019
1. Inking on PDFs
2. When you sign in the browser, your sign-in profile picture will accurately be kept up to date.
3. If you have more than one profile, Edge to allow Appropriate profile to handle links and attachments
4. An option to set your own Photos as background images of the New Tab Page ( Chrome Canary has this feature already available)
5. Enable Search in Microsoft Insider Edge Extensions store
6. Fix for a bug that often appears to users with message ” Administrator mode detected”
7. ClickOnce deployment of Windows Applications from web pages.
The company said they received the following feature requests, they’ll let the users know when they’are ready to land in either of the channels.
New feature requests:
2. Bring features from current Microsoft Edge such as set tabs aside, tab preview, ask Cortana and reading list.
3. Allow sharing web content from with other users and other apps. We’ve covered the Share button already available to some users via controlled rollouts.
4. Provide an option to set the custom home page
5. Update the browser UI with Fluent design system, including less rounded tabs.
6. Support themes from Chrome Web Store. By default, Edge supports installing extensions from Chrome Web Store, but not themes as they’re not compatible, but still, you can install them, read this.
7. Allow sign-in to a browser with Google account
8. Provide different options for sorting favorites
9. Provide run/save/ Save as options when downloading files.
Microsoft promises they’ll ensure Edge to consume less memory and CPU, improve scrolling and make updating Edge more reliable.