Microsoft shares a bunch of new features coming to its Edge browser

Microsoft Edge will implement a bunch of new features later in 2021 to make your web-browsing experience even better, including such enhancements as automatic translation for unknown languages, tab groups, the ability to hide the titlebar and other perks.

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New Microsoft Edge features coming in 2021

Microsoft’s What’s Next page includes a feature roadmap of all the improvements coming to the Edge web browser later in 2021, with a bulleted version put together by a user on Reddit.

Free form text boxes added to PDF documents

Starting with version 94, we are adding support for free form text boxes to PDF documents that you can use to fill in forms and add visible notes.

Launch PWA instead of browser with URL links

Starting in Microsoft Edge version 97, you can opt into launching the browser in a PWA rather than the full native browser.

Tab groups

The ability to categorize tabs into user-defined groups helps you more effectively find, switch and manage tabs across multiple workstreams. To enable this, we are turning on tab grouping beginning with Microsoft Edge version 93

Citation support added to Collections

Starting with Microsoft Edge version 95, we have improved the Collections experience, especially for students and researchers. Collections will start supporting citations and reading lists.

New policy to support more flexibility in Microsoft Edge startup

Beginning with Microsoft Edge version 94, enterprise administrators will have more flexibility in the options they choose in their startup policy. This will include the ability to specify the start page, add/remove additional pages, and Continue where you left off” while ensuring that the set of pages specified by the policy are also opened.

Video Picture in Picture from hover toolbar

Beginning in Edge version 93, it will become even easier to enter Picture in Picture (PiP) mode. When you hover over a supported video, a toolbar will appear that allows you to view that video in a PiP window.

Freeform highlighting on PDFs

Starting in Microsoft Edge version 94, the PDF viewing and markup experience will be improved with the addition of freeform highlighters. This will allow you to highlight sections on PDFs that you may not have access to comment on as well as scanned documents.

Notification from web apps show as coming from the PWA

Beginning with Microsoft Edge version 94, notifications from progressive web applications (PWAs) will no longer show as coming from Microsoft Edge, but rather will display the name of the web app instead.

Hide the title bar while using vertical tabs

Get the extra few pixels back by hiding the browser’s title bar, while in Vertical Tabs. Starting with Microsoft Edge version 93, you can go to edge://settings/appearance and under the Customize Toolbar section select the option to hide the title bar while in Vertical Tab mode.

Automatic translation for unknown languages

Starting in Microsoft Edge version 94, when you navigate to a page that displays in a language that is not one that you have set up as known, Microsoft Edge will automatically translate the content of the page to your primary language. We will then give you the option to return to the original page or disable further automatic translations.

Initial Preferences in Microsoft Edge

Deploying Microsoft Edge to your enterprise will become easier starting in version 93, with the addition of Initial preferences.

Improved handoff between IE mode and the modern browser

Starting with Microsoft Edge version 95, the transition between the modern browser experience and the IE mode experience will improve. Referrer headers, post data, forms data and request methods will now be forwarded properly across the two experiences.

Control-flow enforcement technology

Microsoft Edge will begin supporting an even safer browsing mode that uses hardware-dependent control flow for browser processes on supported hardware (Intel 11th Gen. or AMD Zen 3). You can disable CET by manipulating Image File Execution Options (IFEO) using group policy.

Better Family Safety protection on sites like YouTube

Families using Microsoft Family Safety will soon see improvements to Content filters. Parents will also have more peace of mind knowing filtering settings for Allowed sites and Blocked sites will be improved for sites such as to prevent children from navigating to videos that aren’t allowed.

Family Safety: Allow many EDU sites with a single click

Families using Microsoft Family Safety will soon see improvements to Content filters. When using the “Only use allowed websites” mode, parents will see an option to add a list of educational sites to the allow list with one click.

Microsoft Edge availability

All of the aforementioned features are available in Microsoft Edge starting today.

Earlier this year, Edge implemented vertical tabs and other new features. Previously, Microsoft provided an Apple silicon-optimized version of the Edge browser to run natively on M1 Macs.

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