So it’s almost been a month since Windows has released their Anniversary Edition of Edge. Edge has admittedly been a huge improvement over Internet Explorer in the Windows operating system so we were excited with such a big update to the new browser. We’ll cover our favorite five features of the update.
One of the biggest drawbacks to Edge was its lack of plug-ins and extensions that have become the norm on modern browsers. Well, this limitation is no longer, and Windows now has introduced its SDK so developers can create extensions and plug-ins for users. This move was almost certain, as a solid third-party add-on ecosystem makes Edge a much more viable browser.
Paste and Search
Ah, the true sign of a modern browser the ability to paste and search in one right click, right? Chrome, Firefox, and Safari have this feature and it’s actually pretty handy. Instead of copying text, pasting it into the URL bar and then hitting enter, you can just copy text and then right click to paste AND search in one swift motion. 2016: what a time to be alive.
Like many interfaces on Windows 8 and 10, you now can “pin” a tab to your taskbar or start menu. This is basically the evolution of bookmarks baked right into your operating system and are especially handy. Automatically pin your favorite news or sports site, or one of your many work hubs.
Everyone is short on notifications I’m sure, so Windows Edge now supports desktop notifications from websites you frequently visit. You’ll be asked for permission to share notifications, and have the ability to manage and shut off existing ones that may be annoying you. Chrome has recently been implementing notifications at the browser and desktop level, so the push to marry desktop and web browsing is not unique to Redmond.
Cortana gets Eyes
One of the smaller updates to Window’s Edge browser was reverse image search with Cortana. Right-click on an image and Cortana will do her best to let you know what is of, where it is, and more. As imagery technology continues to advance we’ll see it being baked into more normal processes: like browsing the web. Also, who could write a list of favorite updates to Edge without mentioning Cortana.
We have the latest version of Windows Edge to test on our platform. There are also big changes in how Flash content is handled, both from a security and from an end-user experience perspective. So start testing now…