Microsoft Edge will block auto-playing media in Windows 10 Redstone 5

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Microsoft Edge with Sets
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Microsoft’s Edge browser is way behind in terms of user base.
But that isn’t because it is bad. It is because Google Chrome
has been here for around 10 years and Edge is just new to the
game. Microsoft adds new features to Edge with every major
Windows 10 update. One new feature coming to Edge with the
next major Windows 10 update is the ability to block
auto-playing media.

Let’s face it. We have all been there. You click somewhere on a
website, a new tab pops up and you hear some video playing. It
also happens with a tab that is currently open. Google Chrome
has recently added the ability to block the annoying
auto-playing media and seeing that Google has already done it,
Microsoft has also developed the feature for its Edge.

Microsoft adds the ability to block auto-playing media in Edge

This will be added to Edge with the release of next Windows 10
Builds. You can get hold of this feature only if you are an
Insider in the Fast ring or Skip Ahead ring. This was a
much-requested feature in the Windows Feedback Hub and it is
nice to see Microsoft listening and acting towards the
feedbacks that we give them.

The setting would become under Advanced settings option, it can
be accessed by going to settings in Microsoft Edge and then
clicking on the Advanced option. There, you would see the
option “Allow sites to automatically play videos”. You can
simply turn it off to prevent websites to automatically play
media.

Microsoft says that the feature would soon become available for
download, and unlike Google, Edge will have a better control.

Google Chrome already had this feature for quite a while and
Firefox is working on bringing this feature soon. So it is good
to see Microsoft is bringing new features to Edge as soon as
possible. The feature will be available to the general public
with the Redstone 5 update so we do have to wait a while.

However, it would have been great if Microsoft could move Edge
browser to the Microsoft Store. This would enable Microsoft to
frequently update Edge browser and add new features faster,
instead of waiting to release the new features with a major
Windows 10 update.



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