Microsoft won’t bring back Reading List functionality to its new Edge browser due to low usage

Rabia Noureen

windows 2019 aug 20

If you were missing the legacy Reading List feature in Microsoft’s new Chromium-based Edge browser, you’re out of luck. In a previous blog post from December 2019, the Edge team explained that it was looking for feedback before bringing back the feature to the new Edge, but the team has since changed its mind.

As explained in a comment from April 15 (via MSPoweruser), the team explained that Reading List isn’t coming back due to low usage in the old Microsoft Edge. As an alternative, Microsoft now recommended its users to use Edge’s collections feature, or 3rd party extensions such as Pocket.

We wanted to thank everyone again for their feedback around Reading Lists. We have internally acknowledged that Reading List as a feature was not able to meet the needs of our users. While we do have some very passionate users of this feature, the truth is that it wasn’t used much in Legacy Edge. With these things in mind, we have decided to not implement this feature into chromium-based Edge.

For those don’t know, the Reading List feature allowed Legacy Edge users to save videos, articles, and more to access later. It is worth noting that those Legacy Edge users who have just migrated to Chromium Edge can access their Reading List data from Favorites >> Other favorites >> Reading list section.

In the meantime, Microsoft also seeks feedback about the new features you would like to see in the new Microsoft Edge. Did you like the Legacy Edge’s Reading list feature? Sound off in the comments down below.