A spate of new features will begin rolling out to Microsoft
Edge next year as part of the company’s next major revision to
the browser. Chief among the additions could be new
inking/drawing experience, which would be designed for pen
users and users that draw using the left mouse click.
In a new commit, Microsoft acknowledged a bug where some users
might experience delays when holding the left mouse button in
the browser. If you hold the left mouse button and release the
button, the browser won’t immediately become aware of the
change and there’ll be a noticeable delay.
“In the time it takes for the browser to become aware, more
points may have arrived from the Windows. This results in a
delegated ink trail that won’t match the final product that the
user inked on the app, making for a bad experience,” Microsoft
Microsoft also added that the same problem can be experienced
when you’re using a stylus with support for hovering.
The delay is more noticeable when you’re drawing on web apps
like Scribble, but Microsoft says it can fix the problem for
both mouse and stylus users.
A new fix developed by the tech giant will enable tracking for
the left mouse button and improve the integration between the
browser and Windows 10 to reduce the latency.
“This CL is the first step in fixing that by tracking the state
of the left mouse button on the DelegatedInkMetadata and
plumbing that information to the browser process,” Microsoft
In addition to left mouse button fixes,
Microsoft is also working on a new lag free-scrolling
experience for users with touchpad or touch-enabled Windows
Microsoft plans to integrate inking more deeply into future
versions of Chromium-based browsers, but the improvements won’t
show up until the spring of next year.