Microsoft is testing several new features for its new Edge
browser on Windows 10, including Collections and better privacy
tools. Microsoft is working on another nifty feature that would
allow you to configure autoplay media settings and it’ll be
similar to what we have in old Edge.
Microsoft Edge engineer Kyle Pflug confirmed that autoplay
setting is coming to new Edge, but there’s no ETA at the
In a tweet, Kyle noted that the feature will have global and
per site setting, delivering the experience that we already
have in old Edge. At the moment, Chromium Edge does not allow
users to block the autoplay videos.
We’re working on adding a global and per-site setting similar
to what we have in the current version of Edge 😊
— Kyle Pflug (@kylealden)
June 11, 2019
The new feature will give users control over media
autoplay on the Internet and it will also users to configure
autoplay rules for media. In old Edge, the default setting is
to allow autoplay but you can modify or set your own rules to
block all auto-playing contents.
Other improvements planned
Microsoft is also working on
improving the scrolling performance of the browser and it
remains to be the main focus of the engineering team.
At Build 2019 developer conference, Microsoft also teased a new
privacy dashboard for Edge.
The new privacy dashboard aims to make things easier to
understand for users. Edge will have a dashboard featuring
three levels of privacy – unrestricted, balanced, and strict.
The privacy tool is designed to block or restrict trackers and
- Unrestricted: This will allow all trackers and you’ll also
see personalized ads. When the unrestricted mode is turned
on, sites will function correctly.
- Balanced: This mode aims to blocks trackers from unvisited
sites, but you’ll continue to see advertisements based on other
sites that you visited recently. Sites will continue to
function smoothly in Balanced level.
- Strict: As the name suggests, it will potential trackers
and ads will be reduced as well, but this could break some
Microsoft recently revealed its intention to bring improved
autoscrolling to Chromium-based browsers, including Edge and
Chrome. This may allow users to smoothly scroll on a long and
heavy page by holding the arrow button.