Latest Microsoft Edge Dev Update improves media casting

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Email Twitter: @abacjourn May 19th, 2020 inNews

The focus of the day might be Microsoft’s Build developer conference, but Microsoft is still pushing out new Edge Insider builds, too. As on schedule, a new update for the Edge Dev channel was released today, and it brings some minor changes to media casting as well as the usual reliability fixes.

Starting first with what’s new, you will see that there’s now a UI which helps to enable media casting if users attempt to use it while its disabled. Casting is still only currently supported via ChromeCast devices, though. Some other new stuff includes support for quieter notifications in the edge://settings/content/notifications page. There’s also an improved UI when picking a certificate for website authentication. Finally, you’ll find a website permissions settings page for when a website wants to access serial ports.

Next up is the reliability improvements and changed behaviors. In this area, there are some fixes for a crash when typing in the address bar. Other fixes cover issues with IE mode, and the Edge installer. You’ll also find that there are fixes for Immersive Reader, the Password Settings page, and more. You can find the full list at Microsoft, but we’ve included some highlights below:

  • Fixed a crash when typing in the address bar.
  • Fixed a crash when closing the browser.
  • Fixed an issue where opening an Application Guard window sometimes crashes the browser.
  • Fixed an issue where IE mode doesn’t work or tries to launch IE as its own window instead of inside an Edge tab.
  • Fixed an issue where the Immersive Reader toolbar sometimes is blank.
  • Fixed an issue where the deletion of certain browsing data like passwords sometimes isn’t synced to other devices until Edge is restarted.
  • Fixed an issue where the Passwords Settings page is blank on Mac.
  • Changed password autofill behavior to no longer autofill passwords if there are multiple possible passwords. Instead, the correct password must be selected.
  • Fixed an issue where passwords can’t be copied out of Settings once they’ve been shown.

The known issues in this release are pretty much the same as it has been in the past. You’ll find the same issues with tabs being too small, Kaspersky Internet Suite, and favorites getting duplicated. The issue with a wobbling experience when scrolling, Edge windows being black still persists, too.

We’ll also like to remind you of some news outside of Edge Dev. It was announced this morning that the standard non-beta version of the new Chromium Edge will be rolling out to everyone via Windows Update within the next few weeks. Edge insiders testing the other channels of the browser will also soon enjoy some new features like Pinterest and OneNote integrations in Collections, and a new Contextual Search option.

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