Latest Microsoft Edge Dev update introduces improvements for the Collections feature and extensions

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Email Twitter: @abacjourn Jul 15th, 2020 inNews

After a two week pause, Microsoft is back with a new Edge Dev release. Coming in at version 85.0.564.8, today’s build will be the candidate for the next Edge Beta, with smaller fixes coming next week. It also brings improvements to Collections and the extensions experience. Here’s what you need to know.

As always, we’ll start with what matters most, the new stuff. Here, Microsoft has added the ability to undo certain actions in Collections. They’ve also added the ability to reorder the extension icons on the toolbar using the Alt + Shift + arrows keyboard shortcuts. Other new features can be seen below.

  • Added a button to the PDF toolbar for highlighting text.
  • Added an option to the … menu for each item that appears on the Downloads shelf to report it as a safe or unsafe file (which option appears is dependent on SmartScreen’s determination of the file’s safety).
  • Added the ability to import certain settings and cookies from Internet Explorer.
  • Added a management policy to Exempt Domain File Type Pairs From File Type Download Warnings. Note that Administrative Templates will come later.
  • Added a management policy to control New Tab Page Allowed Background Types. Note that Administrative Templates will come later.
  • Added a management policy to control pre-rendering of the new tab page. Note that administrative templates will come later.
  • Enabled support for the Chromium management policy for Intensive Wake Up Throttling.
  • Added support for the Chromium management policy to Auto Launch Protocols From Origins, which allows admins to define a list of protocols that can launch an external application from listed origins without a prompt.
  • Added a feature to Kiosk Mode to close the browser when it’s idle (with the time limit being adjustable).
  • Added an alert to the … menu of installed websites and apps when Edge has an update ready to be installed.

Next, are reliability and changed behaviors. There’s quite a lot here, but the majority of the fixes are for crashes when closing the browser, using IE mode, signing into the browser, or moving tabs when the search sidebar is open. As for changed behaviors, they cover an issue where data imported from other browsers during the first run experience sometimes isn’t deleted properly. You can see some below, and check here for the full list.

  • Fixed an issue where attempting to print a PDF sometimes crashes the tab.
  • Clicking links from external applications while Edge is waiting to restart to apply an update sometimes results in those links not loading properly.
  • Fixed an issue where the Kindle reader website doesn’t load.
  • Fixed an issue where data imported from other browsers during the first run experience sometimes isn’t deleted properly if the browser is closed before the first run experience is completed.
  • Fixed an issue where the top border of the window can’t be used to resize it.
  • Fixed an issue where the Pull To Refresh flag from upstream Chromium disappeared.
  • Fixed an issue where clicking on the Switch button in the Guided Switch dialog sometimes does nothing.
  • Fixed an issue where pinning an Edge shortcut to a specific profile or website to the Taskbar sometimes results in that shortcut not opening to the correct profile or website.
  • Fixed an issue where pages sometimes try to translate into the same language they’re already in.

When it comes to known issues, there are some new ones this week. Microsoft says that attempting to watch videos in fullscreen will sometimes not work properly.  The other known issues with ad-blocking extensions and YouTube, Kaspersky Internet Suite, duplicate favorites, Edge windows becoming black, wobbling when scrolling also still persist.

Things are shaping up to look good for Microsoft. Its new browser is only a few months old, but it’s already quite secure. As we last reported, Edge beats out Chrome and Firefox in some malware testing.

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