The first major version 91 build has just landed in the Microsoft Edge Dev channel. This release is a bit small in scope, but there are some notable fixes and improvements to take note of. More importantly, it also means that Edge version 90 will be moving to the more stable Beta channel soon. Here’s what you need to know.
First off, there are the added features: Microsoft has added the ability to read Wikipedia pages in Immersive Reader with support for their built-in Table of Contents. They’ve also finished the rollout of on-demand password generation from the context menu.
Other improvements include read aloud now skipping extraneous content on some webpages. Also, there’s a new management policy to control if New Tab Page Quick Links are Enabled. There’s even a new Chromium management policy to control Fetch Keepalive Duration On Shutdown.
Now for the reliability improvements, and changed behaviors: This week Microsoft fixed an issue where the browser would crash on launch. Also fixed is the crash when searching in the context menu, and the issue where pinning the Web Widget sometimes crashes it. See below for some other notes, and check the full list at Microsoft here.
- Fixed an issue where Edge doesn’t launch on devices that have certain VMware software installed.
- Fixed an issue where Edge sometimes launches to a new profile if the shortcut used to launch it doesn’t specify what profile to use, causing users to think their data is gone even though it’s not.
- Fixed an issue on Linux where push notifications from websites don’t work.
- Fixed an issue where smooth scrolling doesn’t work on certain devices. Note that this fix reverts back to prior scroll behavior, which will likely regress recently fixed behavior for other users. Work in this area is ongoing to provide a flag to enable on-demand switching between old and new behavior in order to provide all users with a way to ensure correct device-agnostic scrolling behavior.
- Fixed an issue where Smart Copy sometimes doesn’t copy all selected content if some of the selected area is scrolled offscreen.
- Fixed an issue where keyboard shortcuts to switch tabs in Kiosk mode sometimes don’t work.
- Fixed an issue where the window title for the Web Widget Taskbar icon is blank.
- Fixed an issue where certain buttons in the Web Widget sometimes aren’t visible.
Once again, known issues are the same as it has been in previous releases. There isn’t anything major to note this week as Microsoft hasn’t reported anything new, but that’s always subject to change based on your feedback and submissions. You can download the update now to try out this release, and submit your own feedback by tapping the Send Feedback icon in the menu bar.