Microsoft is pushing another update to the Dev branch for its next new version of Edge that will be based on the Chromium design engine. The company has added a handful of new features to help you get closer to its completion, in addition to reliability improvements and other improvements that include better form controls to improve touch screen usage and accessibility.
Perhaps the most notable new addition that many users are sure to appreciate is the smooth scrolling experience that the classic Edge was known for. Chrome-based browsers have never been the best in scrolling performance, so joining the new Edge is certainly welcome.
In addition, Microsoft has also added other useful additions, including new family safety features for those with Windows 10 In addition to an option in the new tab to access work or school content instead of general news. Mac users will also appreciate easier access to the latest features with the new button to access Microsoft AutoUpdate, as well as support for right-clicking menus. Here is the complete list:
- A configuration was added to show or hide the comment face of the toolbar.
- The first round of Family Safety features is now available on Windows 10.
- An option has been added to the New Page tab for users who logged into the browser with a professional or educational account to display Office content from Your organization instead of news content.
- A toolbar was added to the Reading View to easily access Read aloud and text display options.
- The Scrolling Behavior of the touch screen by which the existing version of Edge was known was added.
- A button was added in Settings on Mac to open Microsoft AutoUpdate.
- Added right-click support for menu items on Mac.
- Added the ability to automatically remove extensions from a user's device when they have been removed from the store where they were installed.
Microsoft has also driven numerous fixes and reliability improvements. This includes problems with CPU usage, Netflix streaming and browser blocking due to various actions. This is what has been improved:
- Fixed an issue where the browser used the CPU a lot when it was idle.
- Fixed an issue where the new tab page sometimes fails to scroll.
- Fixed a browser crash when the new tab page was used.
- Fixed a browser crash when using IE mode.
- Fixed a browser crash when using Collections.
- Fixed a browser crash when importing data from another browser.
- Fixed a webpage crash when viewing PDF documents.  Fixed an issue where web pages are sometimes blocked when entering passwords.
- Fixed an issue where Netflix shows error D7354 when trying to play a video.
- Fixed some crashes.
- Fixed an issue when trying to print a web page while in Reading View only prints the contents of a single document instead of the entire web page.
- Fixed an issue where certain voices read aloud did not work properly.
If you have the Dev version of Edge already, you can go ahead and hea d to browser settings and look for updates. The Microsoft Technology Community has more information about all the changes, if you are interested in all the details before going deeper.
What do you think about the changes so far? What would you like to see before the public launch of the browser? Share your thoughts in the comments area below.
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