Microsoft Edge Beta Version 83 Available To Download With New Extensions Sync And Collections Features While v84 Enters Dev Channel

Microsoft Edge web browser has been updated to version 83 in the Beta channel. The new beta version of the Microsoft Edge browser comes with some interesting new features along with bug fixes, stability improvements, and performance enhancements. While the Edge v83 is in the beta stage, v84 has entered the Dev channel and that too comes with several new additions.

After spending considerable time in Canary and Dev channels, the latest update to the Microsoft Edge web browser has entered the beta testing phase. This means users who have participated in the beta testing program can download the new version of the Edge browser and evaluate the new features and other improvements. This Version 83.0.478.13 comes with extensions sync, more customizations for the PDF pen tool, line focus in Immersive Reader, and the ability to add multiple tabs to a new collection features.

Microsoft Edge Web Browser v83 Comes To Beta Testing Channel With New Extensions Sync And Collections Features:

Microsoft announced on Twitter that it is releasing the Edge web browser v83 to the Beta channel. Interestingly, the browser replaces Edge v81, as Chromium v82 was skipped over for all Chromium-based browsers. Edge web browser users who participate in testing the Dev and Canary Builds have already sampled the features that the Edge v83 includes. However, for reasons yet unknown Microsoft hasn’t updated the release notes for Edge v83 Beta yet.

The Edge Beta development channel sees updates every six weeks. This means the web browser spends a considerable amount of time with the Canary and Dev channel Insiders. Although there are no release notes yet, Microsoft did offer a brief summary of the new features inside Edge v83 beta.

“We are excited to promote Microsoft Edge 83 to our Beta channel. There are a ton of features coming at you in this update including extensions sync, more customizations for the PDF pen tool, line focus in Immersive Reader, and adding multiple tabs to a new collection! In addition to these, we’re highlighting a blog post with working from home tips and some hints on how to easily access your recently closed tabs.”

One notable new feature is advanced inking or annotation options for PDF. Users can now choose the colors that they want to ink with. Immersive Reader now has a line focus, and users can add multiple tabs to Collections. Let’s look at the most notable feature additions in Microsoft Edge v83:

Updated Collections feature:

Users can now quickly save all their tabs and reopen them using Collections. To save the tabs to a collection, simply right-click on a tab and select ‘Add all tabs to a new collection’. Tabs in the active window will be added to a new collection with the option to rename it. To reopen those tabs, right-click on the collection and select either to open the items in the current window, a new window, or an InPrivate window.

Extensions Sync:

Users can now sync their extensions across all of their supported devices. Extensions from both the Microsoft and Chrome Stores will sync with Microsoft Edge. To take advantage of the feature, navigate to the ellipses menu, select Settings, and then navigate to the Sync options. Here users should see the option for Extensions sync now available to use.

Selection-based Reading View:

While on any webpage, users can simply highlight the content that they want to read in Immersive Reader, and right-click to bring up the right-click context menu, and select Open in Immersive Reader. The content will appear in Immersive Reader in a clutter-free manner. Additionally, users can use all of the reading and learning tools on this content, like ‘Read Aloud’ and ‘Line Focus’.

Although not an important or critical feature, the error page will have a button that links to the Surf game which is included in the browser. Users can always access the game by going to edge://surf. Apart from these features, there are multiple bug fixes and several new but minor features. These will become clearer after Microsoft publishes release notes for Edge web browser v83. The new version should be downloaded and updated automatically in the background. However, users can always force the update by going to About Microsoft Edge within the settings page.

Alap Naik Desai
A B.Tech Plastics (UDCT) and a Windows enthusiast. Optimizing the OS, exploring software, searching and deploying solutions to strange and weird issues is Alap's main interest.