Microsoft Edge is getting design improvements on Windows 11

Microsoft Edge for Windows 11

Microsoft Edge’s next interface update is coming with Windows
11, and more potential work has been spotted in the canary
builds of the browser. In Edge Canary, Microsoft is testing a
new experimental flag called “Enable Windows 11 visual updates”
which seems to improve the overall browser experience on
Windows 11.

According to the flags menu, Microsoft wants to enable
“in-progress” visual improvements for the currently installed
version of Windows. These changes will match the look and feel
of Windows 11, but at the moment the visual refresh is only
available for some menus and the browser’s window.

Microsoft Edge interface is getting minor improvement including
brighter menu and additional space around the minimize,
maximize or close icons, which are located at top-right.

Microsoft Edge window
Before and After

The experimental flag seems to promote a less cluttered feel,
and we’ve previously seen this window design in Windows 11
Settings app, Microsoft Teams and
Outlook mock-up shared on the company’s website. This
Microsoft Edge design was also teased during the Build 2021
developer conference.

Edge old vs Edge new
Before (Edge Stable) and After (Edge Canary)

In addition, Microsoft is also trying to make the menus in Edge
brighter on Windows 11 by updating the default fonts style and
size.

To try the updated look, you need to download the Canary build
of Edge and enable the flag “Enable Windows 11 visual updates”.

Edge flag for Windows 11

It’s worth noting that the company is still working on Windows
11 visual refresh for Microsoft Edge and more improvements will
arrive in the upcoming builds.

Microsoft Edge is getting a new share menu

Microsoft is also working on a new way to share links with
friends, family, and coworkers.

Microsoft is adding the new share menu to the browser’s address
bar and it would make it easier to share links via your
favourite services, from Gmail to Facebook. This feature is
built into the browser, so you don’t need to install
third-party extensions or apps to use the feature.

To use the share menu, open Edge’s menu and select Share.

Microsoft Edge share menu

As shown in the above screenshot, you need to select a service
from the list – Gmail, Outlook, Twitter, WhatsApp, Facebook,
and LinkedIn. Based on user feedback, Microsoft will be adding
more services in the coming months.

Microsoft is testing the new share menu in Edge Canary. Later
this year, Microsoft will be adding an experimental share menu
flag in the stable build ahead of automatic rollout.

Additionally, Microsoft has confirmed
Chromium Edge extensions are coming to Microsoft Store (Windows
11).

It’s likely that we’ll see more Edge improvements in the coming
months and some of these changes will be coming to Windows 10
too.

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