Microsoft Edge 91 Adds Price History, Bing Rebates, More

Posted on May 27, 2021 by Paul Thurrott in Microsoft Edge with 22 Comments

Microsoft has announced the release of Edge 91, the latest version of its web browser, which adds shopping and performance improvements.

“This month, we’re excited to announce several new features that highlight why Microsoft Edge is the best browser for shopping,” Microsoft corporate vice president Liat Ben-Zur writes. “Along with this, we’re making Microsoft Edge the best performing browser on Windows 10 with additional improvements this month for sleeping tabs.”

New features in Microsoft Edge 91 include:

Price history. Microsoft Edge already notifies you when there are coupons available when shopping online. But now you can use a new Price history feature to see how prices have fluctuated historically to help you decide whether it makes sense to wait on a purchase. To see an item’s price history, just click on the new blue tag in the address bar.

Bing Rebates integration. When you sign-in to Microsoft Edge with your Microsoft account, you can enable Bing Rebates to save money. Then, you can shop online from Bing.com and earn cash back from over 1200 retailers, or just shop directly from over 300+ retailers to get cash back. You can also view any available Bing Rebates for your purchases via the new blue tag in the address bar.

Sleeping tabs improvements. Microsoft now claims that Edge is the best-performing browser in Windows 10, and sleeping tabs is a big part of that claim. With Edge 91, sleeping tabs have been improved with up to 82 percent RAM savings, Microsoft says, by immediately putting ads to sleep when you put tabs in the background and via internal optimizations.

New color themes. In addition to its native support for themes via the Microsoft Edge Add-Ons website, Edge 91 adds several built-in color themes that you can select from the Appearance page in settings.

Improved personalization on the New Tab page. The New Tab page now sports a Personalize feature that lets you tailor the news and headlines you see. You can click Personalize on the New Tab Page to learn more.

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22 responses to “Microsoft Edge 91 Adds Price History, Bing Rebates, More”

  1. MutualCore

    Awesome stuff, does Google Chrome have price history?

  2. winner

    Oh goody! Their OS has an advertising ID, and their browser has Bing rebates! Such focus!

  3. walterwood44

    Edge just updated to 91. Now when I click a link in an email, Edge opens that page plus another page with no URL. How can I stop this obnoxious behavior?

  4. chucker46

    When is MS going to allow "blocking" of autoplay rather than merely limiting? I'm tired of going to news sites only to have vids fire up while I'm trying to read the article. As a result, I use Brave which allows me to "block" autoplay in its Permissions.

    • richardbottiglieri

      Go to edge://flags, and search for “autoplay”. There’s a hidden option to show the “Block” option in the site permissions area. Restart the browser for this to take effect, and you’ll be able to set autoplay to block instead of “Limit”.

    • Paul Thurrott

      There are extensions that solve this problem. I use Disable HTML5 Autoplay (Reloaded). https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/disable-html5-autoplay-re/cafckninonjkogajnihihlnnimmkndgf?hl=en#:~:text=%E2%80%9CDisable%20HTML5%20Autoplay%20(Reloaded),into%20the%20media's%20JavaScript%20API.
  5. JH_Radio

    How many normal users would think of using an extension to find cheaper prices? I know of many people that would not even know what an extension was or did. People who talk about the browser being bloated down with all of this stuff might wanna consider that for most people if they don't see it directly in their face they won't know it even exists. And say what you will about MS but at least they let you turn off things you don't want or use. It matters not if its browser or Windows or office.

    • Paul Thurrott

      There are better ways to do this. On the Edge first-run experience, for example, Microsoft could promote these extensions and have them all auto-selected so that you would need to uncheck them not to install them.
  6. greenloco

    R91 seems to be faster to me.

  7. michael

    I really hope the improvements with sleeping tabs makes a difference. I was having massive memory problems with Edge until I switched to Opera. Edge is my favorite browser all things equal so let us see if they have fixed it.

    • matsan

      As a developer I have been using Edge instead of Chrome for the last months because of a memory-leak in Edge making DevTools waaaay snappier than the Chrome version (Chrome spends a couple of seconds clearing the memory from debugging JS). The downside has been that I need to restart Edge once or twice per day due to memory consumption, but with only the tabs open for debugging this hasn't been an issue for me.

      I hope they haven't fixed that leak now...

    • MikeCerm

      I regularly have out-of-memory crashes with Opera, which is very annoying as I have 32 GB of RAM and nowhere close to full utilization when Opera craps out. I've installed an extension that closes background tabs after a period of time, and that seems to have fixed the issue, but it would be nice if the browser was just smarter about allocating memory.

    • michael

      Update: after upgrading my memory usage went from 2300mb to 1500mb with the exact same tabs and configuration. Legit. Wow.

  8. MikeCerm

    Nice for the people who want this feature, but for everyone else it seems like a massive invasion of privacy to beam all the online retail pages a user visits back to Microsoft for the purpose of price tracking. Should really be an opt-in feature, or an extension that very clearly discloses what the privacy implications are. Like, if you install an extension like Honey, you're very clearly saying "please track me so I can get deals." That shouldn't just be a browser default.

  9. bluvg

    Sleeping tabs is such a thing of beauty. Especially for those tab hoarders among us.

  10. navarac

    More rubbish, sorry.

  11. ghostrider

    Anyone feeling the bloat creep in Edge now? It will be slow as a two-legged dog soon...

  12. dftf

    Sadly v91 has broken many things:


    - Custom startup pages not working (you just get the New Tab Page)


    - Some users asked every startup to revert their search back to Bing


    - Middle-clicking not working on some folders to open the links in them


    - The + icon to make a new tab appear is missing for some users


    - When clicking a link in some apps, Edge replaces your current tab with that site, rather than opening a new tab or window, for some users


    - When some users click a link, they get two tabs open: the link, and the New Tab Page


    Seems a bit of a buggy release!













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