Microsoft’s decision to build Edge on the Chromium engine was quite surprising. But now that the browser is here, the decision seems to have paid off. I have used Chromium Edge for a week now and I wouldn’t want to go back to Chrome if it wasn’t for the extension support. Chromium Edge Dev channel gets weekly updates and the browser is in beta stage right now. Yesterday the company rolled out Edge Dev Build 18.104.22.168, it includes some new features like Dolby AC3/E-AC3 audio decoding for some media playback sources and new filters for viewing history.
Here is the complete list –
New Features and Functionalities
- Spellcheck is now enabled by default for everyone.
- Downloads, Extensions, Favorites, History, and Settings all have refreshed colors and layout.
- Read Aloud will now select one of the new cloud-powered voices by default.
- The logic for quick links on the New Tab Page has been updated. Any site you add manually or edit will remain in the list unless you delete it, while other sites will continue to update based on your browsing history.
- Added support for Dolby AC3/E-AC3 audio decoding for some media playback sources.
- You can now sort favorites by name from the manage favorites page by right-clicking on the page background and choosing “Sort by name”.
- Favorites in the favorites bar can now be reordered using ALT+SHIFT+LEFT/ALT+SHIFT+RIGHT.
- When viewing history, you can now filter by time range and then search within the filtered results.
- While viewing history, CTRL+A will now select all items in the current list.
- The “Add a profile” flyout now uses dark colors in dark theme.
- The default profile icon now has a gray background instead of a white background in dark theme.
- Tooltip improvements for tabs: new tooltip for tab close button, keyboard shortcuts added to tooltips, and special tooltip notes when a tab is in an error state.
- The title of an InPrivate window now contains “[InPrivate]”.
There are also some bug fixes. Here are some of the important ones –
Bug fixes –
- The escape key now cancels profile creation.
- When the window width is small, the “Profiles” and “Appearance” items in the Settings navbar no longer overlap.
- Installed sites now show the “Customize and control” menu button in the title bar.
- Fixed a case where a page would scroll the wrong amount when using the keyboard to scroll in high DPI modes.
- Fixed a bug which could cause updates to stop if you upgrade to the next Windows 10 release.
- We fixed some problems with keyboard navigation through the toolbar and favorites.
- Fixed an issue where Netflix sometimes temporarily stopped playing video after seeking.
- When creating or editing a profile, the profile icon choices now appear in two tidy rows as expected.
- Site permissions for USB devices are now shown properly in Settings.
- When a web page is using your microphone, a microphone icon now shows instead of a camera icon.
- Fixed some dark text on dark background in the profile flyout in dark mode.
- In dark theme, disabled toolbar buttons are now much easier to see.
Some of the bigger changes, especially the enhanced privacy feature promised in Microsoft’s Build Conference this year are coming at a later date. Even at this stage, Edge Chromium offers a great user experience and we will highly recommend it, more so if you liked the old Edge browser. You can read the complete changelog for the update here.