Microsoft Publishes a New Roadmap for the New Edge

Microsoft has published a list of features it plans to add to its Edge web browser over the next several months.

“We added a new item to our list: Enable navigation of PDF files via [a] table of contents is now Under Review,” Microsoft’s Missy Quarry writes in a new Tech Community post. “[And] we think you all will be excited to see that one of our top items has moved to In Discussion: Bring the tab preview feature from the current version of Microsoft Edge.”

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Those are useful new features. But the updated roadmap—which consists of a list of features that Microsoft plans to add to Edge, or is at least considering—contains a few bigger items, including history sync, which is planned for “Summer,” and extension sync, which we recently learned will hit the Canary channel this month.

Here are some other interesting features heading to the new Edge this year:

  • Option to set a custom photo as the New Tab Page background photo. Expected this month.
  • Make Edge available on Linux. No time frame, but it is officially planned now.
  • Support read-aloud of PDF files. Planned.
  • An option to add a share button to the toolbar. Planned.
  • Add the ability to ink on web pages. Planned.
  • Support themes from the Chrome Web Store. Planned.
  • Provide an option to prevent auto-play of video and audio when you open a website. Planned.

Additionally, Microsoft is discussing adding certain features, such as a transparent theme for the browser frame and the addition of Fluent Design System elements, but there’s no guarantee any of those will make it into the product. And some features—like hiding the Bing search bar on the New Tab page and allowing that to be changed to another search provider—are under review.

Of course, some feature requests aren’t going to make the cut. Microsoft notes that it doesn’t plan to support mouse gestures for common actions like navigation and tab close, or allow users to sign-in to the browser with a Google account, for example.

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  • Daekar

    17 February, 2020 - 1:08 pm

    <p>These all sound super promising. It's funny, it's like they're in my head figuring out exactly what I want to see…</p>

    • bart

      Premium Member
      17 February, 2020 - 1:32 pm

      <blockquote><em><a href="#521217">In reply to Daekar:</a></em></blockquote><p>Maybe they are…. ;)</p>

  • benisaacs

    Premium Member
    17 February, 2020 - 1:16 pm

    <p>The tab preview is already a flag in Chrome. It’s been there for a few releases already I think. </p>

  • bart

    Premium Member
    17 February, 2020 - 1:33 pm

    <p>Really nice MS publishes and updates the road map</p>

  • drprw

    Premium Member
    17 February, 2020 - 1:35 pm

    <p>I just wish they'd do multi site containers like Firefox. That's the only thing keeping me from moving to edge full-time. </p>

    • Daekar

      17 February, 2020 - 1:43 pm

      <blockquote><em><a href="#521232">In reply to DrPRW:</a></em></blockquote><p>What do you mean by this? Can you give an example of how you might use it?</p>

    • j5

      Premium Member
      17 February, 2020 - 2:33 pm

      <blockquote><em><a href="#521232">In reply to DrPRW:</a></em></blockquote><p>Yeah I'm a heavy Containers user. I have some social media accounts because of kids extra curricular activities. And I like seperating my financial sites as well with it. So yeah hopefully they come out with a similar feature. </p>

      • Daekar

        17 February, 2020 - 2:42 pm

        <blockquote><em><a href="#521247">In reply to j5:</a></em></blockquote><p>So, I'm not sure if there is some subtle difference between the FF containers and the profiles function in Edge, but I used to use containers and now I am able to use Edge by using different profiles. So, for instance, I have a profile for my O365/Active Directory identity at work, and a personal profile tied to my main Microsoft account, a profile tied to a separate Microsoft account I use for another company, and a profile not tied to any account which I use for alternative logins. They each have their own settings, saved logins, extensions, etc. Is that what you mean? You can run them all in parallel, although they are required to reside in different windows.</p>

        • drprw

          Premium Member
          17 February, 2020 - 4:57 pm

          <blockquote><em><a href="#521249">In reply to Daekar:</a></em></blockquote><p>Thanks for the idea. I'll look into it. I use multisite containers to keep cross site tracking in check. I'd need a different profile for every site I use regularly I guess? </p>

          • Daekar

            17 February, 2020 - 9:52 pm

            <blockquote><em><a href="#521288">In reply to DrPRW:</a></em></blockquote><p>Hmmmm… That might be cumbersome to do this way, but perhaps not more than in Firefox. Yes, I think that would work, assuming that nobody is using browser fingerprinting or tracking your IP. </p>

      • drprw

        Premium Member
        17 February, 2020 - 4:56 pm

        <blockquote><em><a href="#521247">In reply to j5:</a></em></blockquote><p>Here's hoping. It's such a nice feature for privacy. </p>

  • will

    Premium Member
    17 February, 2020 - 1:42 pm

    <p>Now if we could only get this for Windows………&lt;crickets&gt;</p>

  • gmj

    17 February, 2020 - 1:51 pm

    <p>Publishing a roadmap is great! I'm disappointed that "clutter-free printing" hasn't yet made the list … even if you don't actually print a web page, being able to create a PDF without all the extraneous content is a great feature that I hope makes the list eventually.</p>

  • sherlockholmes

    Premium Member
    17 February, 2020 - 1:55 pm

    <p>Why is Microsoft so into ink? I dont get it. I dont even use the touch display on my laptop.</p>

    • beakin

      17 February, 2020 - 2:21 pm

      <blockquote><em><a href="#521237">In reply to SherlockHolmes:</a></em></blockquote><p>For most users it doesn't matter. Even for me, an ink user, I use it rarely. But the ways I use it dramatically streamline my workflows and simplify a range of common tasks, so much so that I genuinely won't consider non-ink-supporting devices anymore as daily drivers.</p><p><br></p><p>I think that's the crux of it — it's not widespread, but it's sticky. Ink is a meaningful reason for a chunk of users like me to stay with windows over other choices, and honestly, the initial weakness of Edgium vs legacy Edge in ink has been my only real sore spot in switching. </p><p><br></p><p>My guess is there are at least a few decision makers at Microsoft who look like me in that regard.</p>

    • IanYates82

      Premium Member
      17 February, 2020 - 5:20 pm

      <blockquote><em><a href="#521237">In reply to SherlockHolmes:</a></em></blockquote><p>Ink is one of those things that, if you find it useful, it's *really* useful. </p>

    • JCerna

      Premium Member
      20 February, 2020 - 1:44 am

      <blockquote><a href="#521237"><em>In reply to SherlockHolmes:</em></a><em> EDU and Surface super important, we miss it currently since we upgraded edge and its now gone, only available for pdfs.</em></blockquote><p><br></p>

  • mejason83

    Premium Member
    17 February, 2020 - 2:05 pm

    <p>I'll def make the jump when the Linux version is available. Brave is great, but the syncing is wonky at best. </p>

  • hrlngrv

    Premium Member
    17 February, 2020 - 7:27 pm

    <p><strong>| Support read-aloud of PDF files</strong></p><p>The current OS-bundled Narrator can't handle anything in Edge? Or does this mean Edge would have it's own equivalent for Narrator just for itself? If the latter, why? For Linux? Can't give Orca a chance for a toe hold?</p>

  • anderb

    Premium Member
    17 February, 2020 - 11:46 pm

    <p>Proper autoplay blocking has been 'planned' for 25 weeks now so don't hold your breath for any of these features to be delivered any time soon.</p>

  • irfaanwahid

    18 February, 2020 - 12:26 am

    <p>"<span style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0);">Provide an option to prevent auto-play of video and audio when you open a website. Planned.</span>" This is very important to me. I really hate it when AV starts auto play as soon as the page loads. </p>

    • Paul Thurrott

      Premium Member
      18 February, 2020 - 8:17 am

      Yep. Auto-play media is often worse than ads.

  • bnyklue

    18 February, 2020 - 10:29 am

    <p>So history sync won't be added until "summer" for a browser that launched in January? How does that make sense? </p>

  • JH_Radio

    Premium Member
    18 February, 2020 - 11:22 am

    <p>I've found (and I dunno if this is every site or not), but CNET does audo vids, but if you enter reader mode the vids stop and I can read my articles much much easier. I only wish there was a keyboard shortcut for this. Right now I do ctrl+L then tab twice and hit space. </p>

  • glenn8878

    18 February, 2020 - 1:12 pm

    <p>Not forcing you to sign-in to Google is a plus. I'll use it for sure.</p>

  • markld

    Premium Member
    19 February, 2020 - 12:18 pm

    <p>I'm warming up to this Edge quite quickly and my use of Chrome has diminished because of it. It's is useful and reliable. </p><p>I do try any browsers out there and Edge has room for improvements. </p><p>I like these new features that will be added, and a BIG YES to "Provide an option to prevent auto-play of video and audio when you open a website" as also mentioned in another comment. </p><p>that is nice.</p>

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