Microsoft Edge Dev Insiders graduate to the first build for Version 103

Microsoft Edge Insiders in the Dev Channel finally graduated to build 103 today with the rollout of build 103.0.1253.0. The release notes for the previous build, 102.0.1245.3, suggested that the shift to 103 was on the way so this isn’t that much of a surprise but it’s likely still very much appreciated for passionate Insiders.

In addition to the jump from 102 to 103 in the build name, 103.0.1253.0 also features some rather interesting changes and additions to this test version of the Microsoft Edge web browser such as the ability to pin progressive web apps (PWA) to the taskbar from their own menus and support for natural language searches in the History popup.

Here’s the full release notes for Microsoft Edge Dev Channel build 103.0.1253.0:

Added features:

  • Added the ability to pin PWA/websites installed as apps to the taskbar from their … menus.
  • Enabled by default the ability to search in the History popup using natural language (for example, “Youtube from last week”).
  • Added a management policy to set the Internet Explorer mode Zoom Display type, which controls if the browser’s zoom level takes into account the current display scale like IE used to (for example, if display scaling is set to 150%, then IE’s default zoom level would show 150%).  Note that updates to documentation and administrative templates may not have occurred yet.

Improved reliability:

  • Fixed a crash on launch.
  • Fixed a crash when visiting certain websites.
  • Fixed a crash when adding items to Collections.
  • Fixed a crash when switching profiles in the Edge Bar.
  • Fixed a crash in WebView2 applications when adding Status Bar text (Issue 2414).

Changed behavior:

  • Temporarily disabled the search box in the Alerts and Tips popup.
  • Fixed an issue where the browser sometimes doesn’t respond to links clicked from other applications if it’s not already open.
  • Fixed an issue where the browser isn’t brought into the foreground if it’s minimized when clicking on a notification in the Windows Action Center.
  • Fixed an issue where previously-opened tabs are sometimes restored when first opening the browser even though they’re not supposed to be.
  • Fixed an issue where vertical tabs are improperly colored when using custom themes.
  • Fixed an issue where the Find on Page UI is red.
  • Fixed an issue where navigator.mediaCapabilities sometimes doesn’t report proper decodingInfo to websites.
  • Fixed an issue where app or popup windows opened from IE mode tabs don’t automatically resize when they’re supposed to.
  • Fixed an issue in WebView2 apps where the on-screen keyboard sometimes doesn’t appear (Issue 460).

Known issues:

  • Users of certain ad blocking extensions may experience playback errors on YouTube.  As a workaround, temporarily disabling the extension should allow playback to proceed.  See this help article for more details.
  • Some users are still running into an issue where all tabs and extensions immediately crash with a STATUS_INVALID_IMAGE_HASH error.  The most common cause of this error is outdated security or antivirus software from vendors like Symantec, and in those cases, updating that software will fix it.
  • Users of the Kaspersky Internet Suite who have the associated extension installed may sometimes see webpages like Gmail fail to load.  This failure is due to the main Kaspersky software being out of date, and is thus fixed by making sure the latest version is installed.
  • Some users are seeing “wobbling” behavior when scrolling using trackpad gestures or touchscreens, where scrolling in one dimension also causes the page to subtly scroll back and forth in the other.  Note that this only affects certain websites and seems to be worse on certain devices.  This is most likely related to our ongoing work to bring scrolling back to parity with Edge Legacy’s behavior, so if this behavior is undesirable, you can temporarily turn it off by disabling the edge://flags/#edge-experimental-scrolling flag.

Thanks for helping get us to version 103, we couldn’t do it without you!

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