Microsoft just announced an extensive list of new features for its Edge browser, the default web browser in Windows 10. In a detailed blog post, the company said that all these new features would arrive when the Windows 10 Creators Update rolls out, which is due in April.
The company specifically focuses on how new features in the Windows 10 default browser will help users keep their web organized. Microsoft talks about a ‘Set Tabs aside’ option which lets users save their favorite or frequently used tabs for quick viewing. Along with that, Edge browser will allow users to access web previews by simply enlarging the tab button.
“The introduction of Microsoft Edge for Windows 10 was an important step towards delivering a browser that not only gives users better performance, battery life, and security, but also a browser that keeps up with the ever-changing demands of digital living,” Microsoft said in its official blog post.
Microsoft says that Edge’s tab management features will allow users to handle multiple tabs at once more easily. With powerful tab management features, users can quickly switch among many tabs without losing focus and stay immersed in the task, further added Microsoft in the blog post.
Apart from improved tab management features, the company also discusses features such as eBook support -a feature currently being tested by members of the Windows Insider program. The feature gives Edge the ability to real aloud eBooks. Users can do so by simply pressing the real-aloud’ icon at the top-right corner of the e-book. Microsoft says the “read aloud” button in Edge can read ebooks in 24 languages. Edge will not only get the ability to read aloud e-books purchased from the Windows Store but also organize and customize your experience with different fonts, layouts, themes, along with Cortana integration.
In addition, WebVR support is also coming which lets users watch Virtual Reality content on the browser. Microsoft says users can experience immersive VR content on the web with the help of a VR headset and upcoming Windows Mixed Reality hardware.
Also, Microsoft Edge will get a new payment system to make online shopping easier and hassle-free. Microsoft says its Payment Request API will work with Microsoft Wallet on Windows 10 PCs to make online shopping ‘easier than ever.’ Users will get to check out quickly using their payment information stored safely in Microsoft Wallet, doing away the need to enter the same payment and shipping information over and over again.
Finally, Microsoft says will continue to bring more extensions to improve security, speed, and performance of its Edge browser. The company has partnered with the likes of Ebates, Intel TrueKey, Read & Write, Ghostery, and RoboForm to bring more extensions to Edge.
We’re excited to bring these new features and improvements to Microsoft Edge with the Windows 10 Creators Update and, as always, to get feedback from old and new users to help guide the future of the browser.
Microsoft also notes that Edge will be much faster and responsive when the final version of the Creators Update rolls out in April.