Microsoft Edge Dev Channel updated with improvements to Collections, other fixes

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Email Twitter: @abacjourn May 12th, 2020 inNews

If you’re an Edge Insider, it is once again time to download another Dev Channel update. This week, coming in at version 84.0.508.0, the latest build of the browser brings some improvements to Collections and the usual fixes, too. Here’s a look at what you need to know.

As usual, we’ll be starting first with the new features. In regards to Collections, Microsoft has added the ability to attach text notes to specific items in a Collection. Also new is the ability to change the background color for general notes. Elsewhere, there are now more warnings when you download inherently dangerous file types like DLLs.

Now, for the reliability, changes behaviors, and fixes. Microsoft says it has fixed an issue where running the favorites deduplicator sometimes crashed the browser. They’ve also changed some behaviors when it comes to learning browsing data, the address bar being populated with old search terms, and where credential prompts are sometimes not shown. Have a look at these below, and check the full list here at Microsoft:

  • Fixed an issue where clearing browsing data sometimes misses some things.
  • Fixed an issue where the address bar on new tabs is sometimes populated with old search terms instead of being empty.
  • Fixed an issue where InPrivate windows are sometimes blocked for users of Family Safety even though they shouldn’t be.
  • Fixed an issue where credential prompts are sometimes not shown, for example if they’re initiated from within an extension instead of a webpage.
  • Fixed an issue where adding certain language packs to Windows causes Edge spellcheck to be disabled due to an error downloading the spellcheck files.
  • Fixed an issue where enabling extension sync sometimes causes extensions to no longer be able to be installed from the Chrome web store because the setting to do so inadvertently gets turned off.
  • Fixed an issue where extensions that have been synced from one installation to another sometimes can’t be removed from the installation they were synced to.
  • Fixed an issue where Read Aloud sometimes doesn’t stop when it should.

When it comes to known issues, there’s one new one this week where tabs sometimes might appear squished or too small, even when there are only a few of them.  Microsoft says this is most often caused by clicking a link in a different program that opens a new tab in Edge and can usually be fixed by changing the size of the tab band, for example by resizing the window.

The other known issues from past releases, such as problems with Kaspersky Internet Suite, favorites being duplicated, Edge windows becoming all-black still persist. There’s also the same known issue with the wobbling behavior when scrolling, and where users with multiple audio output devices sometimes don’t get any sound from Edge.

In other Edge news, if you’re beta testing the Canary Channel of Edge, you might want to check out Read Aloud feature, as noted by Techdows. Microsoft has brought back the Read Aloud feature for PDFs, though you need to toggle the #edge-read-aloud-pdf under edge://flags to get it. This is a much-loved feature from the old version of Edge, and it’s nice to see it making a return.

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