Microsoft Edge to get new features, improved sleeping tabs and more

Microsoft Edge update

The next update for Microsoft Edge is version 94 and it will be
released with a bunch of new features and improvements. Version
94 is currently available in the Dev Channel of the Edge
Insider program and Microsoft is allowing users to try some of
the new features that will be released to everyone in the
coming days.

As per the official changelog and roadmap, Edge 94 is expected
to introduce a new immersive reader experience and additional
improvements for Sleeping Tabs. We’re also getting a new price
history feature that will help you find the best time to
purchase a product.

You’ll be able to view price changes on and 9 other
retailers, according to the official changelog. Microsoft
believes this new price history will allow users to discover
and shop products more easily, and it’s part of the browser’s
built-in shopping coupons tool.

Immersive Reader is getting better

Microsoft Edge’s immersive reader provides a clutter-free
experience when you read long and detailed articles on sites
like Wikipedia. Immersive reader changes the default fonts and
background so you can focus on the content, and it’s getting
better in the next update.

Edge immersive reader

In the upcoming Edge version, you’ll be able to change the
column style between narrow, medium or wide. This option is
called “text column-style” and it will appear under Text
preferences in Immersive Reader.

Sleeping tabs is getting better

One of Microsoft Edge’s flagship features is sleeping tabs and
it can save up to 43% memory in some cases.

Starting with version 94, users can put the tabs to sleep after
just 30 seconds of inactivity instead of five minutes. Of
course, at the moment, Edge tabs can asleep after five minutes
of inactivity.

You can change the interval by heading to Settings > System
> Performance > Sleeping tabs.

In Canary builds, Microsoft is also adding a new status
indicator to help users better understand the benefits of
sleeping tabs. As you can see in the screenshot below, you can
soon view specific memory savings by hovering over a tab.

Edge sleeping tabs

Microsoft is still testing the new sleeping tabs indicator and
it should roll out to everyone in the near future.

Other improvements coming to Microsoft Edge

Version 94 promises better notification support for Progressive
Web Apps installed using Microsoft Edge. After the update, web
apps alerts will no longer show as coming from the browser.
Instead, the web apps will finally use their own name in the
push notifications to offer a native app-like experience.

In terms of security, next Microsoft Edge will enable CET
hardware-dependent control flow security feature on supported

Microsoft is also working on a new Fluent Design for Chromium
Edge, but some of the design changes like the Mica effect
will only work on Windows 11.

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