Microsoft Edge expands Immersive Reader support to Wikipedia

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Microsoft has made some important announcements on its Edge Insider blog this morning. First of all, the company is expanding Immersive Reader support in its Edge browser to the Wikipedia website. This update is now available in preview in the Canary and Dev channels, and it also brings some optimizations to the built-in tool for Edge Insiders.

“We’ve been working to bring Immersive Reader to more and more pages across the web and today we’re excited to announce that Microsoft Edge just made more than 55 million web pages more accessible. You can now open all Wikipedia webpages in Immersive Reader by clicking Immersive Reader (book and speaker) icon in the address bar,” the Edge Insider team explained.

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The first of the improvements being made currently to the Immersive Reader view is the addition of the Table of Contents. The firm says that it should make it easier for users to navigate through Wikipedia pages while using Immersive Reader in the browser. Users can now click on the thumbnail image 3 of blog post titled Make reading Wikipedia content easier and more accessible with Immersive Reader in Edge icon on the Wikipedia page and then select any label to view additional details.

The firm has also added an option for users to expand or collapse data tables that might not be relevant for them. Users will need to click the “Show more” button in order to see the hidden rows in the table. This change should help the readers to quickly scroll through the content on a webpage in Immersive Reader.

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Microsoft urges Edge Insiders to try out these features and provide feedback. The team notes that these updates are rolling out in phases, so not everyone will get them immediately. Have you received the new Wikipedia support in Edge on the Dev or Canary channels? Sound off in the comments section below.

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