Microsoft Edge 102 released for Windows & macOS – what’s new and fixed

Microsoft Edge 102 is now available for download on Windows and
macOS, but it doesn’t come with a lot of new features. In fact,
the official release notes state that the update is all about
security fixes and new policies for administrators, but it
includes at least one new addition.

The reason is Microsoft has shifted to a four-week release
cycle like Google Chrome. Earlier, Microsoft used to release
major updates every six weeks, but things changed following the
release of Edge 94.

A four-week release cycle ensures faster feature updates for
users, but it has its own drawbacks, including fewer new
features in updates than earlier. Microsoft Edge 102, for
example, doesn’t come with any major changes, but there are
minor improvements from Chromium.

What’s new in Microsoft Edge 102

Edge 102 is built on top of Chromium 102 and it comes with the
following new group policies:

  • AllHttpAuthSchemesAllowedForOrigins – You can configure
    this Microsoft Edge to generate a list of origins that allow
    all HTTP authentication.
  • OutlookHubMenuEnabled – This group policy lets you enable
    or disable access to the Outlook menu
  • NetworkServiceSandboxEnabled – A new group policy to enable
    or disable the network service sandbox in the browser.
  • UserAgentClientHintsGREASEUpdateEnabled – As the name
    suggests, this policy gives you control over User-Agent Client
    Hints GREASE Update feature.

As per the roadmap, Microsoft Edge 102 enables PDF support for
JavaScript and XML Forms Architecture (XFA) based forms.

“Support for JavaScript and XML Forms Architecture (XFA) based
forms added for PDFs viewed in Microsoft Edge,” Microsoft

We also noticed that Microsoft has enabled a new feature that
lets you quickly perform a reverse search.

Microsoft Edge reverse search

As you can see in the below screenshot, you can hover over
images and click on the ‘camera’-like icon to reverse search
the media on Bing. If you don’t like the reverse image search
integration, you can click on three dots and hide it for select
sites or disable it entirely.

New features are coming to Microsoft Edge soon

While Edge 102 is clearly a disappointment if you were
expecting new features, the next update could ship with a few
new additions.

According to Edge Canary builds, Microsoft is working on a
OneDrive-based files and notes sharing tool called “Notes” for
the browser.
Edge Notes will allow you to share your files across your
devices where Edge is installed. Additionally,
Edge is also getting smaller context menus and
a built-in VPN-like feature powered by Cloudflare.

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