Microsoft Edge is getting Office integration and more ads/alerts

The Chromium-based Microsoft Edge has become more popular than
Firefox, mainly because the browser is lightweight and offers
better performance/features. In Edge Canary, Microsoft is now
testing Office integration to help users access Microsoft 365
apps directly from the Edge menu.

Microsoft Edge’s right-click menu or context menu for the
browser’s tabs will include a new option called “New Office
Tab”. As the name suggests, this Edge option will allow users
to open Microsoft Office online apps like Word, PowerPoint and
Excel.

It also appears the new
Office integration won’t be exclusive to Microsoft 365
subscribers, so you’ll be able to access it with a normal
Microsoft account as well. Like the other options in the
context menu, it looks like users won’t be able to disable the
“New Office Tab” feature.

Microsoft Edge Office integration

In a Reddit
thread, some users expressed displeasure over the bloated
context menu of the Chromium browser. It’s worth pointing out
that this isn’t the only Microsoft Edge problem about which
users had complained some months ago.

Ads within Microsoft Edge

In addition to Office integration, Microsoft has suddenly come
up with what could be described as advertisements or
recommendations within Microsoft Edge. After the recent
updates, some users are seeing more alerts and ads for services
like Microsoft Start (a rebranded MSN feed).

Microsoft Edge ad

As you can see in the above screenshot, Microsoft is
experimenting with more ads/recommendations that will appear in
the New Tab Page of the browser.

“Get the new Microsoft Start app. Just like on your PC,
personalised trusted news plus games, weather and more — all in
one app”, a new pop-up ad reads. Additionally, Microsoft seems
to be using the browser’s new assistance feature to collect
results from searches that you perform and improve its Bing
search engine.

Edge nagging

“Help us make search better for you. Microsoft will collect
results from searches that you
perform in the browser to improve Microsoft products and
services. This data is never associated with you or your
device,” the banner ad reads.

Thankfully, you can dismiss these pop-ups by tapping on the “X”
button, but this will not stop Microsoft from nagging users
with another alert in future.

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