Microsoft Edge Dev channel gets back on track, updated with downloads improvements

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Email Twitter: @abacjourn Mar 31st, 2020 inNews

Just four days after the launch of the last update, Microsoft has pushed out a new Edge Dev release. Coming in at version 83.0.467.0, Microsoft says that today’s update should bring the release schedule for the Dev channel back on track. It delivers some fairly minor tweaks to the download management page and comes with the usual improvements, reliability, and fixes.

The only added feature in this release is the ability to resume a download from the Downloads management page. There are also some reliability improvements, relating covering watching protected videos, and using the Collections and Tracking Prevention features. Have a look at these below:

  • Fixed an issue where watching protected video on certain devices sometimes causes a bluescreen. Note that this fix temporarily prevents certain video features from working until a more permanent fix can be put into place.
  • Fixed an issue where navigating to certain websites sometimes crashes the browser.
  • Fixed an issue where opening the Collections pane sometimes crashes the browser.
  • Fixed an issue where adding an item to a Collection sometimes crashes the browser.
  • Fixed a crash when exporting a Collection to a Word document.
  • Fixed an issue where certain websites experience hangs when Tracking Prevention is enabled.

As for changed behavior and known issues, these cover inactive tab colors, the Favorites bar, and more. Some of these can be seen below. We’d also like to remind you that the favorite duplication, Edge windows becoming all black, and wobbling when scrolling problems still persist.

  • Fixed an issue where inactive tabs no longer use the Windows accent color if it’s set to appear in title bars.
  • Removed the ability to install or launch apps or PWAs from the … menu in InPrivate windows.
  • Changed the link that appears on the Favorites Bar if there are no favorites there to go to the Favorites Management page instead of the Import page.
  • Changed the behavior of installing websites as apps to no longer create a desktop shortcut as part of installation.
  • Fixed an issue where certain websites report a problem with cookie settings.
  • Fixed an issue where folders on the Favorites Bar sometimes don’t open.
  • Fixed an issue where inking on a local PDF file and clicking the save button unexpectedly shows the Save As dialog.
  • Fixed an issue on Mac where the video scrubber on the Touchbar was appearing for webpages that don’t have any video content.
  • Fixed an issue where videos sometimes aren’t added properly to a Collection.
  • Fixed an issue where adding an item from the new tab page to a Collection results in the wrong favicon being shown in the Collection.
  • There are some issues where users with multiple audio output devices sometimes don’t get any sound from Edge. In one case, Edge becomes muted in the Windows Volume Mixer and unmuting it fixes it. In another, restarting the browser fixes it.
  • At certain zoom levels, there is a noticeable line between the browser UI and the web contents.

In case you missed it, Microsoft also said today it will be resuming usual updates for Edge Stable, despite its previous announcement of a delay. You can expect Edge 81 to be released in the stable channel come early April, falling in line in Google Chrome 81. You also can expect to see some new features for Edge very soon, ranging from vertical tabs, Smart Copy, and a new Password Monitor.

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