Microsoft Posts Latest Edge Roadmap

Posted on March 15, 2020 by Paul Thurrott in Microsoft Edge with 14 Comments

Microsoft has updated its roadmap for the new Edge again, and there’s all kinds of good news for fans of the web browser.

“We are really excited to announce today that we are moving every item we had Under Review last week to a Planned status,” Microsoft’s Missy Quarry writes in the announcement post. “Enable navigation of PDF files via table of contents is now moved to Planned. Additionally, all of the new tab page items that were Under Review are now Planned for March.”

Those proposed features and changes that were previously Under Review and are now Planned for March (in Canary) include:

  • Provide option to keep specific cookies when choosing to clear browsing data on close
  • Enable sync of installed browser extensions between devices
  • Option to set a custom photo as the New Tab Page background photo
  • Add an option to hide the Bing search bar on the new tab page
  • Allow the search bar in the new tab page to be configured with other search providers
  • Provide an option to set a custom URL for a new tab instead of showing the new tab page

Pretty incredible, and some of those—like the ability to remove the Bing search bar on the New Tab page—are the types of changes the Windows 10 team simply won’t or can’t make to their product. (I’m looking at you, crapware and ads, two misbegotten attempts at monetization that undercut and cheapen, instead of adding user value.) And those, combined with the sheer speed of Edge updates and changes, highlight how positive it is that Edge is now being developed on its own very rapid schedule. You know, like a real browser.

Thanks to Ibrahim J. for the tip.

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