Microsoft Edge Dev channel now syncs Tracking Prevention exception settings and adds new PDF inking capabilities

Arif Bacchus

Microsoft just announced the release of build 82.0.439.1 for the Edge Insiders in the Dev Channel. There’s a couple of changes, ranging from syncing improvements, more ways to ink on PDFs, or a new button to make Edge the default browser. Here’s everything you need to know.

We’ll be starting first with the newly added features. Starting with this version of Edge Dev, Tracking Prevention syncing exceptions will now sync across your devices. In addition, Microsoft has added a service that now suggests an address for you to try when navigating to a website fails due to a typo, as well as the ability to customize the size and color of ink when annotating PDFs. These PDF improvements should be a welcome addition for those of you think that the new Edge doesn’t have the same inking features as the old Edge. Lastly, there’s a new button in the Settings which will let you make Edge the default web browser on your PC.

Now, for the reliability improvements: On this end, Microsoft has fixed an issue where typing in the address bar might cause the browser to crash. There is also a fix for an issue where selecting text in the address bar might cause a crash. Other issues where Collections and websites that are displayed in an IE mode might crash have also been fixed. You can read more about all the fixes here at Microsoft, but we’ve picked out a few and changed behaviors below:

  • Fixed a browser crash when opening an IE mode website from a pinned shortcut.
  • Fixed an issue where hitting F6 sometimes crashes the browser.
  • Fixed an issue where undoing an action taken by the Favorite deduplication tool crashes the browser.
  • Fixed an issue where declining to save a password via the dialog sometimes crashes the browser.
  • Fixed an issue on Mac where some Appearance Settings are missing.
  • After saving a PDF file from within the PDF viewer, the saved file will become the currently-viewed one instead of the original one.
  • Fixed an issue where recently visited sites don’t appear in the address bar as search suggestions.
  • Fixed an issue where the Windows dialog to choose an application to use when opening a particular type of file keeps opening in a loop when selecting Edge as the application.

As always, we will end with the known issues. These have been the same in the past few releases and haven’t really changed. The list includes favorites being duplicated, and the STATUS_ACCESS_VIOLATION error for users of certain security software packages. Problems where Edge windows might become all black, where users with multiple audio output devices sometimes don’t get any sound from Edge still persist too. That’s it for this week, let us know in the comments if you like the new features in this build.