Microsoft Improves Notifications in Edge

Posted on November 16, 2020 by Paul Thurrott in Microsoft Edge with 13 Comments

Microsoft said today that it has improved the way that the desktop versions of Edge display notifications and badges.

“Most desktop browsers only receive notifications while they’re running, causing users to miss out on important updates if the browser is closed,” the Microsoft Edge team writes. “And when users do finally open their browser, they’re treated to a flood of incoming notifications that may no longer be relevant.”

The legacy version of Microsoft Edge supported background notifications to get around this problem, and now the new Chromium-based version of the browser does as well, Microsoft says: All you need is Edge 85 or newer on Windows 10 version 20H1 or newer. And developers don’t have to write any special code: Background notifications will just work.

Related to this, Edge now supports icon badges—like an unread email count for an email app—for Progressive Web Apps (PWAs) and pinned sites. This support arrived in Edge 81, Microsoft says, and works even when the underlying web app or site is not open. And, yes, the user needs to opt-in to notifications before these badges will appear.

“Between background notifications when the browser is closed, more reliable badging, and support for badges on pinned sites, users can rest assured they’ll always receive important updates for their favorite sites in Microsoft Edge,” the Edge team notes. “And best of all, developers who are already using service workers for notifications and badging don’t have to do a thing.”

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Comments (16)

16 responses to “Microsoft Improves Notifications in Edge”

  1. beckoningeagle

    I already improved it myself by disabling browser notifications accross the board.


  2. bart

    This is the best!


    Uninstalled Mail and pinned Outlook.com PWA to the task bar <big sigh of relief>


    The thing that confuses me, isn't Badging arriving this week with the arrival of Edge 87 (Stable) on Windows 20H1 and above?

  3. jdawgnoonan

    I really would like to see the stats for what ratio of users knowingly choose to receive notifications in their browser. I have never approved one intentionally, and always go turn it off if I accidentally click to allow notifications from a site. I get ample notifications from my phone apps or my mail clients without getting pestered by my web browser as well. I don't mean to be snarky, but web browser notification prompts are one of my least favorite things.


    After writing that, I went into settings on Edge and completely disallowed notifications in the browser. I really hope it blocks the requests. I know some people use these, but to me they would only make sense if I used Chrome OS.

  4. rkpatrick

    I'd really like Windows notifications to just generally be better about where they appear. They show up in the bottom right of the screen, where a ton of apps put their main input area. I can't even count how many times I've been trying to click something on the bottom right of the screen, and some toast pops up and....just...sits...there. Sometimes, clicking them makes them go away, but sometimes clicking them might miss, causing the associated app to launch (again, over the current window)

  5. maciek

    Now the same for the Android version please. Push notifications basicly just don't work there.

  6. winner

    On another site, I see they've started playing more nasty games with full screen urges to switch users' default browser to Edge.


    They're trying really hard to get me to switch to a Mac at the rate they're going.

  7. staganyi

    Can win 10 mail and calendar apps be replaced by outlook.com now?

  8. behindmyscreen

    So, they updated outlook365 to make use of this....right?......right?

  9. winbookxl2

    This is great! I enjoy this feature.

  10. omen_20

    Will this work for pinned PWAs in the Start menu, or just the Task Bar?

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