Latest Microsoft Edge Dev Channel Update Reportedly Crashes Thousands Of Browsers

Microsoft released another update for Edge Insiders on the Dev channel this week. The latest update bumps the current version of MS Edge to build 80.0.355.1.

Unlike the previous release, this time Microsoft focused on bug fixes and stability related improvements. Furthermore, the update brings some new features as well. Some major highlights of this update are a new prompt for account verification and a new spacing option added to the Reading View.

With the installation of this update, Chromium Edge allows you to open items in a Collection in new tabs. Apart from these useful features, the Dev channel brings some frustrating bugs for Windows 10 users. According to the user reports, the browser crashes as soon as it is opened on production machines.

The OP who reported the bug on the Microsoft Community forum explained the problem in the following manner:

“The Dev branch of Edge on my Surface Go is now crashing within seconds of opening, I’ve tried In Private as well. The only change I’ve made yesterday was to enable the Collection Sync as it wasn’t enabled on that instance. The same version is running fine on my other PC.”

The replies to the thread revealed that other users have also experienced the sync related crash issues during the past few days. Some frustrated and angry users complained that they can no longer use the browser.

At the time of writing this article, Microsoft has not acknowledged the bug. Moreover, the exact cause behind the bug is still unknown. However, some smart MS Edge users found a workaround to fix crashing issues.

  1. First turn off your internet connection.
  2. To turn off sync feature open the Microsoft Edge browser.
  3. Go to the three dots menu (…) and click Settings.
  4. Scroll down to the Account section and use the toggle button to turn off Sync your favorites, reading lists, top sites and other settings across your Windows Devices option.

If in case the browser crashes before the sync is turned off, navigate to Start > Settings > Accounts > Sync your settings to turn off Sync settings and Internet Explorer settings toggle buttons.

Microsoft is gradually rolling out the update, and it may take some time to show up for those who are running the Edge Dev channel. You can visit the About section of your Settings menu to download the update. However, the latest Edge Dev update will be available automatically if you don’t want to download it manually.

Alex Schoff
Alex is a technology reporter with a particular interest in Microsoft and Windows. He keeps a close eye on major developments related to Windows 10, Google Chrome, Office 365, and more.