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Microsoft Updates Chromium-Based Edge Browser With Several New Features

The new Chromium-based Edge browser within Windows 10 is getting some new and important features. Users on the Dev Channel will be the first one to get the updates, but those relying on the Microsoft Edge Canary channel will also get some of the many improvements. In addition to new features, the update, which is gradually being rolled out, will also get various bug fixes.

Microsoft recently moved the Edge browser, which replaced the decades-old Internet Explorer, onto the Chromium base. This has allowed the company to accelerate the deployment of several new features and adopt the new development pathway. The new Microsoft Edge Dev version is 76.0.152.0. Meanwhile, the Microsoft Edge Canary is on version 76.0.161.0.

Users who update their Microsoft Edge browsers will notice the altered, simplified and intuitive download manager. Starting with the latest update, the browser will intelligently recognize aborted or canceled downloads. Previously, the browser displayed greyed out options such as Open, Always open files of this type and Show in folder. Although they couldn’t be selected, the options were a needless distraction. Now the users will merely see a single option that allows them to copy the download link.

The second noticeable change is Microsoft Edge built-in PDF reader. A new option allows users to save a local copy of the PDF document. Additionally, there’s an icon next to the “Add to dictionary” context menu option.

Microsoft Edge will now display an icon that denotes the first letter of the website if the latter does not have a site icon. The profile flyout will now have larger text for easy readability. Additionally, the tab close button will appear at the center position when the tab is at minimum width. Essentially, Microsoft is attempting to simplify closing tabs for people who tend to keep a lot of tabs open.

One of the biggest feature improvements is the respect for Windows 10 default dark mode. In simple words, the Edge browser will adopt and accept Windows 10’s dark mode settings. The browser will no longer require separate activation. Previously, users had to activate Microsoft Edge’s Dark Mode separately from the ‘flags’ screen.

As with all updates, the latest one is gradually being sent out. Interested users can check if their Microsoft Edge browser is eligible for the update.


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