Microsoft Edge extensions receive a major update with Windows 10 version 1803

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Fluent Design in Microsoft Edge

Microsoft rolls out improvements for Edge at a rather slow pace
and the browser is getting better with every release. Microsoft
Edge is getting most of the love in
Windows 10 April 2018 Update. The company last week
announced the new features that the extensions in Edge browser
have received with the latest version of Windows 10 operating
system.

Microsoft Edge replaced Internet Explorer in 2015 with Windows
10. The browser receives improvements and features only when
Microsoft ships a new version of Windows 10 operating system.
In other words, the Edge browser is updated twice a year,
but the security fixes are pushed twice a month. On the other
hand, the third-party browsers such as Google Chrome and
Mozilla Firefox benefit from a faster release.

The extension feature in Edge is getting a major update with
Windows 10 version 1803. The company says that Windows 10 April
2018 Update includes new features, APIs and for browser
extensions.

First and foremost, the extensions can now be enabled
in InPrivate browsing. Additionally, the update also
brings support for notifications API for extensions. It means
that the extensions can display the notification with
interactive controls.

“Beginning with this release, users can now choose to allow
extensions to run during inPrivate browsing on a case-by-case
basis – either when the extension is initially installed (by
selecting the ‘Allow for inPrivate browsing’ checkbox), or at
any later time by visiting the Settings page for a given
extension,” Microsoft said.

Microsoft says that the future releases will include more
improvements for Edge, and Windows 10 Redstone 5 update is also
expected to bring more refinements and features in this regard.

Microsoft Edge new Settings menu
Image Courtesy: Microsoft.com

For example, the latest
Windows 10 Build 17677 includes a new and improved settings
menu in Edge browser. Microsoft is using icons in the menu that
can be accessed from the pivot (three-dots), and
now it’s significantly faster to find an option that
you’re looking for.

Microsoft Edge is also getting support for Jump List which
means that you can right-click the icon in the taskbar to
access to the most visited sites. You can try the
aforementioned changes by joining the Fast Ring of the Windows
Insider program, but don’t install the preview builds on your
primary device. Microsoft Edge will continue to evolve
before the public release of Redstone 5 update in October.



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