Microsoft Releases Edge 84

Posted on July 16, 2020 by Paul Thurrott in Microsoft Edge with 14 Comments

Today, Microsoft released Edge version 84, adding some minor improvements to Collections, PDF support, and more. The update arrives about two months after Edge 83, which was a more momentous release that brought extension sync and automatic profile switching to Microsoft’s web browser.

A warning. As is so often the case with Microsoft software updates, Edge 84 is being rolled out progressively so that Microsoft can limit the impact of any issues that might occur, so you may not see this update immediately.

Here’s what’s new:

Collections improvements. Collections picks up a new note capability so that you can add a note or comment to an item in a collection. And there are major performance improvements, too.

PDF improvements. You can now use Read Aloud with PDF files. And you can now save an edit made to a PDF back to the original file instead of having to save a copy.

Immersive Reader improvements. The Immersive Reader now supports language translation capabilities.

Full mouse support in full-screen mode. Now you can use your mouse to access tabs, the address bar, and other items without having to exit full-screen mode as before.

Online purchase improvements. You can now configure nicknames for saved debit and credit cards, making it easier to choose the correct card when using autofill to select a payment method.

PWA features. Microsoft Edge can now access the Storage Access and Native File System APIs.

There are a few more new features, but you can check the release notes for the details.

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Comments (14)

14 responses to “Microsoft Releases Edge 84”

  1. chrisrut

    I loved the improvements in Edge 83 - particularly Collections; the ability to add notes will be terrific.

  2. Thomas Parkison

    I've been running Edge v84 in the beta channel as a daily driver for a while and it's been a great experience. No major issues at all.

  3. hrlngrv

    Disappointing that Edge can't display XPS files.

    • Paul Thurrott

      I have never heard anyone express that need, ever.
      • dftf

        In reply to paul-thurrott:

        I'm surprised XPS is even still supported, but yes, check your Printers list in Windows 10 Version 2004 right-now and "Microsoft XPS Document Writer" is still there, ready for you to turn any document into an XPS.

        (For a moment I was thinking 'didn't they remove XPS Viewer in Windows 7's days due to a security-risk' but that was Journal Viewer I was thinking of. Another app I never knew anyone actually use!)

    • j5

      In reply to hrlngrv:

      I'm genuinely curious did you use XPS files? And if so what for? I never ran across a site or a person that used that format.

    • Scsekaran

      In reply to hrlngrv:

      XPS viewer is built into Windows 10. XPS viewer was useful(?) before native PDF printing was available for Windows 8/10

      • reefer

        In reply to Scsekaran:

        It was Microsofts answer to PDF but as it had and has no support whatever for Postscript font types and very rudimentary support for Postscript graphics no professional could use it and as PDF already was de facto standard no one else used it either.

  4. bats

    I have avoided using Edge since it was released to the public a few months. Now that MSFT officially replaced the old Edge, I took a peek at it. I like it! I actually like it alot! I am still going to be using Chrome, because I am all-in the Google ecosystem, but I am happy with Edge. I don't think Edge will ever eclipse Chrome as the world top browser, but it will make it better. The fact that Google is hearing "Edge" footsteps excites me. LOL.

  5. rbwatson0

    Paul, in the second paragraph you say 'Edge 83 is being rolled out progressively', should that be Edge 84?

  6. dftf

    We'll be switching all users in our enterprise to the new Microsoft Edge... just making sure their bookmarks, favicons and history get imported OK (we have the saving of usernames and passwords disabled in Google Chrome via Group-Policy, and you cannot sign into the browser with a Google Account, so nothing to worry about there).

    No-point using Google Chrome when the new Edge will render sites the same, and will-likely offer better-performance and battery-life over-time, given Microsoft are making it for their own OS.

  7. JimP

    Does it fix the 'Natural speech won't work' issue? The robotic voices sound so artificial.

  8. IanYates82

    I thought I'd had all of these for a while... Then remembered I'm still on the dev channel, so yeah, that made sense.

    Collections actually seemed a bit useful once they added note capability. And naming the stored cards was super helpful!