Earlier today Microsoft announced that it was opening up access to its artificially intelligent social media content platform Microsoft Designer to the masses, and it looks like the company’s second order of business today is to promptly nestle the service into the Edge browser.
Microsoft Designer was first teased back in August of 2022 and given its first preview window in January of 2023.
Microsoft’s Canva-like designer tool is a relatively inexpensive one-stop-shop for producing online content such as social media posts, greeting cards, branding, alerts, promotionals, and more.
Microsoft Designer will now feature in ‘preview-mode’ alongside Bing Chat, AI-powered Image Creator, Microsoft 365 and a handful of other tools tucked away in the sidebar of Edge.
Instead developing a separate app for Windows that would need to be maintained in various versions of the Microsoft Store within differing iterations of the operating system, the company has jumped straight into progressive web app development for Microsoft Designer.
From the Edge browser, users will be able to manage and create visuals, text, animations, and design templates specifically made to share on social media sites like Facebook, Instagram, and TikTok.
With Designer in Edge, we are bringing these capabilities into the web browser, too. It’s built natively into the Edge sidebar and can be accessed by clicking on the Designer icon, making Edge the first and only browser with an integrated, AI-powered graphic design app. You can create unique designs instantly by simply describing the graphic you want. You don’t need to leave the page you’re on, switch windows, or download an extension to your browser to start working on an idea when creativity strikes. With Designer in Edge, you can also create high-quality, unique content without interrupting your workflow. As you’re drafting a post on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest, Designer in Edge will provide AI-powered design suggestions to include in your post, which you can customize and publish without ever leaving your browser window.
Microsoft has not given a timeline on the rollout of a non-preview version of Microsoft Designer to Edge, but with the news of the platform coming out of preview, it shouldn’t be much longer until browser users are creating, editing and sharing their next Instagram post all straight from the desktop.