New Microsoft Edge Beta Brings Tab Grouping and Better Picture-in-Picture Support

Along with a bunch of other nifty upgrades!

Microsoft just announced Version 93.0.961.11 of their Edge browser along with a handful of enhancements that’ll come with it. The update is in beta right now, but it’s expected to roll out to the general public in an official update sometime later. This is the biggest update Microsoft Edge has had since June’s 92.0 release. Let’s look at everything that’s changing.

  • Starting off with the introduction of Initial Preferences. According to Microsoft, deploying and implementing Edge on an enterprise-wide scale will now become much easier thanks to Initial Preferences. As the name suggests, you’ll be able to set up preferences that apply to your enterprise when you initially deploy Edge.
  • For users who require Internet Explorer compatibility for legacy sites, IE mode is now a  “nomerge” mode. You first have to set the legacy sites that use session sharing as “nomerge” in settings, however. That means, whenever an application opens an IE browser window, it will open in a separate session, different from the current Edge session. For example, if you have YouTube and Facebook open on Edge, but then you use an IE mode application and that app launches a new browser window, that window will not open in the same session as your YouTube and Facebook. It will, instead open in a new IE mode session. That designated IE mode session will remain exclusively in IE mode until the all tabs using IE mode are closed on it.
  • Tab Groups will make their first appearance in Microsoft Edge after being introduced in Google Chrome a while ago. You will be able to customize the grouping exactly the way you want. This categorization ability will help users be more efficient and, thus, productive with their work as the grouping will help them focus on the things they need to. You can prioritize tabs in groups which can also aid in better management and overall organization of your work (or play!).
  • Edge added the feature to turn tabs vertical back in March. It proved to be a hugely successful feature as it allowed people to free up real-estate from the top of their screen and cram the title bar to the side. Well, that title bar is going to become even more invisible starting from Version 93 of Edge. You will now be able to hide the Vertical Tabs title bar by going into Settings > Appearance > Customize Toolbar.
  • Microsoft Edge already allows you to view videos in Picture-in-Picture mode on all sites. That functionality is getting expanded even more in the next update. Now, you can just hover your mouse over any video and as long as it’s compatible, you’ll see an option to view it in PiP mode right from the hover toolbar. Unfortunately, though, this feature will only be available to Mac users as of right now, Windows users have to wait a little longer. Microsoft does tell us to stay tuned, which means that Windows functionality is not far away!
  • Lastly, the TLS_RSA_WITH_3DES_EDE_CBC_SHA cipher suite will be getting removed in this update. This is not specifically a Microsoft removal, however. 3DES is leaving the Chromium project and Edge is based on Chromium so the change follows. To get more info on this, see the Chrome Platform Status Entry. As a good gesture, Microsoft will be temporarily adding TripelDESEnabled policy in Edge Version 93 to mitigate the removal of 3DES. The policy will leave in Version 95, which should be about 2 months later, so update your servers before then to preserve compatibly.

Microsoft also detailed a bunch of new policies that will be added in the next update of Edge, along with one deprecated and one obsoleted policy. You can check out the official blogpost here to learn more about those.

Huzaifa Haroon
Born and raised around computers, Huzaifa is an avid gamer and a Windows enthusiast. When he's not solving the mysteries of technology, you can find him writing about operating systems, striving to inform the curious.