During the Microsoft Ignite keynote at New Zealand on September 1st, Microsoft’s Joe Belfiore accidentally revealed an upcoming feature for the Edge browser — tab previews! During the event Joe was showcasing how Cortana can make your searches easier on the Edge browser when he accidentally showcased a thumbnail preview of an open tab. Joe played it off and continued talking about Cortana, but eventually introduced the feature.
“You might have noticed there’s one other thing in the Edge browser that I mistakenly revealed as I was doing this [showcasing Cortana on Edge] is a small feature we have not shown anyone yet but is coming to our Insider builds really soon and that is this tab preview feature,” said Joe during his Ignite keynote.
As you can see from the images below, which came out blurry due to the quality of the keynote video, the tab preview feature is similar to the thumbnail preview feature on the Windows taskbar, which is fairly nice. According to Joe, those of you participating in the Windows Insider program will receive this feature soon. Hopefully we get to play with this neat feature in the next Windows 10 build!
This is definitely a useful feature for those of you who typically have numerous tabs open in Edge. At the moment, Chrome and Firefox lack the ability to see tab previews without a third-party plugin, so this feature would definitely be unique to Microsoft’s browser. We’ll have more on this as it develops.
Update: It appears that Microsoft has shown off the new tab preview feature in the past, although if you blink you probably would have missed it. There hasnt been much news on the topic until September 1st during Joe’s keynote. Check out the video below showcasing the tab preview feature:
Thanks for the tip, Helena!