Microsoft Edge Dev updated with ability to install themes from Google Web Store

Arif Bacchus

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Microsoft has just released another Edge Dev build. Coming in at build 86.0.594.2 this week, this latest release is adding the ability to install themes from the Google web store. It also has the usual reliability fixes and other improvements. Here’s a look at what you need to know.

First up, there is the new stuff. Along with the ability to install themes from the Google web store, there is also a new flag for those who like to tweak things in the browser. Microsoft has added a flag that will allow the Backspace key to navigate a webpage back or forward when combined with Shift. The flag is disabled by default, and needs to be manually enabled. Also added is the option in settings to turn off suggestions from history and favorites when searching in the address bar. See below for some of the other added features wrapping up this release.

  • Added website permissions for virtual and augmented reality.
  • Added a link between the Passwords Settings page and the Password Monitor Settings page.
  • Added a management policy to Save Cookies When Microsoft Edge Closes. Note that this policy is intended to be used in conjunction with policies to clear data when the browser is closed, and administrative templates will be updated later.

Next are the reliability fixes and changed behaviors. On this front, there are fixes for the well-documented issue where typing in the address bar would crash the browser. Also fixed is an issue where closing a tab might crash the browser. As for changed behaviors, there is a fix for an issue where full-screen videos sometimes don’t display properly. There is also a fix for an issue where not app passwords are migrated from IE to Edge on versions of Windows older than Windows 10. We invite you to check out the full list of fixes and changed behaviors at Microsoft. Have a look below for some other notable ones.

  • Fixed an issue where switching tabs sometimes crashes Edge on Insider versions of Windows.
  • Fixed an issue where visiting certain sites in IE mode tabs sometimes crashes the browser.
  • Fixed an issue where tabs sometimes crash upon loading.
  • Fixed an issue where the address bar sometimes stays in the “translating” state after translation of the webpage is complete.
  • Fixed an issue where items sometimes aren’t added to Collections correctly.
  • Fixed an issue where Ctrl + F sometimes leaves highlighting on a page.
  • Improved the UI when installing PWAs.

As for the known issues, there’s a few this week to take note of. Mac users may see an issue signing into the browser or syncing their data. A cause has been identified and Microsoft is working on a fix for the next build. The other issues with ad-blocking extensions, Kaspersky Internet Suite, duplicate favorites, users seeing black windows, and wobbling when scrolling all still persist, too.

It’s really great to see that Microsoft Edge has now finally gotten the ability to install themes from the Google web store. This will likely be appreciated by those who prefer to customize their browser. Happy downloading, and let us know if you’re seeing any issues with this release by dropping us a comment below.