Microsoft Edge 95 reaches Stable channel new Efficiency mode and PDF improvements

Laurent Giret

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Microsoft Edge 95 has landed in the Stable channel yesterday, and it’s the first Edge update to be released on the browser’s new 4-week release cycle. There are no big flashy new features in this update, though the new Efficiency mode that is now rolling out gradually should nicely complement Edge’s Sleeping Tabs feature.
With Efficiency mode is active, Microsoft Edge will manage resources more carefully to save battery life on laptops. The feature will be automatically activated when a laptop enters battery saver mode, though Edge users will also be able to turn it on all the time or when a laptop is unplugged.
This new Edge update also brings several PDF improvements, including the ability to pick up where you left off when you reopen a PDF. The web browser also add supports free form text boxes to fill in forms and add notes to PDF documents.
Microsoft Edge 95 also brings the Windows 11 fluent design look to the in-browser menus and right-click menus, which also have rounded corners now. This release also brings improvements to the Collections, Downloads, and Passwords experience, and you can check out the full release notes below:
  • View in File Explorer support for SharePoint Online libraries in Microsoft Edge. Now you can enable the View in File Explorer capability on SharePoint Online Modern Document Libraries. For this experience to be visible and work for your users, you need to enable the Microsoft Edge policy Configure the View in File Explorer feature for SharePoint pages in Microsoft Edge and update your SharePoint Online tenant configuration. Learn more: View SharePoint files with File Explorer in Microsoft Edge.
  • Intranet zone file URL links will open in Windows File Explorer. You can allow file URL links to intranet zone files originating from intranet zone HTTPS websites to open Windows File Explorer for that file or directory. You can enable this experience using the IntranetFileLinksEnabled policy.
  • Improvements to the downloads experience. Support for the download user experience is extended to progressive web applications PWAs and WebView. We will also begin to support drag and drop to the File Explorer and Desktop.
  • Pick up where you left off on PDF documents. You will now be able to resume reading from where you last closed your PDF document.
  • Efficiency mode extends battery life when your laptop enters battery saver mode. Efficiency mode will become active when your laptop enters battery saver mode to allow the browser to manage resource usage to extend the battery life of your machine. You will have four options when efficiency mode becomes active: Unplugged and low battery, Unplugged, Always, and Never. Note: This feature is a Controlled Feature Rollout. If you don’t see this feature, check back shortly as we continue our rollout.
  • Free form text boxes added to PDF documents. We now support adding free form text boxes to PDF documents. You can use these boxes to fill in forms and add visible notes.
  • Citation support added to Collections. We’ve improved the Collections experience, especially for students and researchers. Collections will start supporting citations and reading lists.
  • Update your passwords faster and with fewer clicks. The browser will now take you directly to the Change Password page for a given website. This action saves you time and clicks by removing the need to navigate to the page manually. After you’re on this page, the browser will also autofill your existing password and suggest a strong, unique new password. Note: Currently this feature is only available on a limited number of sites.
  • Auto-account creation. We now provide additional support on Sign-Up pages by allowing you to create an online account with one click. You can do this by selecting the suggestion drop-down when you click on any form field in the Sign-Up form. Doing so will show not only information relevant to the Sign-Up form, but also a strong new password suggestion. Upon selection, all the relevant information gets populated in the respective fields and the suggested password will be automatically stored on submission to the website. Note: Currently this feature is only available on a limited number of sites.

Microsoft Edge 95 should be installed automatically on your PC or Mac, but you can also force the update by checking the About page. Both Microsoft Edge and Google Chrome are now being updated every 4 weeks, and Chrome 95 was also released earlier this week. For organizations that prefer a slower release cycle, a new 8-week “Extended Stable” release cycle option is also available.