Microsoft Releases Edge 92, Outlook Extension for Edge

Posted on July 23, 2021 by Paul Thurrott in Microsoft Edge with 18 Comments

Yesterday, Microsoft began rolling out Microsoft Edge 92, the latest version of its web browser, with a few minor but important updates. Key among them is yet another enhancement to password management.

“It’s not always obvious what makes a strong password and sometimes, in a rush, we default to passwords we’ve used before,” Microsoft corporate vice president Liat Ben-Zur writes. “That’s why I’m so excited to announce the password health dashboard. Microsoft Edge will now tell me whether the password I’ve saved is strong enough, and it will also indicate whether I’ve used that password across other sites.”

The password health dashboard can be found in Edge settings by navigating to Profiles > Passwords > Saved passwords. There, you will see a new Health column that displays the relative health of each saved password. A red bang indicates that the password has leaked online and should be changed immediately. Or you will see a graphical rating of 1-3, ranging from Weak and reused (1) to Weak (2) to No known vulnerability (e.g. “strong,” or 3).

Ben-Zur also noted that Edge will “soon” have a feature I’ve been using for several months: The ability, on mobile devices, to use the browser’s saved and synced passwords to sign into apps.

“Microsoft Edge on mobile will make it easy to take my saved login information from my browser and use it to log into the apps I use on my phone like Instagram, Pinterest and more,” he writes. I guess the distinction between this and what I’m doing is that I’m syncing my passwords on mobile through Microsoft Authenticator, but it’s the same set of passwords that you get in Edge. So I suppose this is a second way of doing the same thing.

There are a few other small changes, including a way to save web captures to a collection, and the ability to react to items in the news and content feed on the default New Tab page.

And while this has nothing to do with Edge 92, Ben-Zur also highlights the preview release of a new Microsoft Outlook extension for Microsoft Edge. This extension adds an Outlook icon to the Edge toolbar that lets you quickly read recent emails, check your calendar, add a task, look up a contact’s phone number, and more. It works with (consumer) or Outlook on the web (commercial), but it only supports a single account.

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Comments (18)

18 responses to “Microsoft Releases Edge 92, Outlook Extension for Edge”

  1. ray2048

    The password Health Dashboard seems like a nice feature.

  2. ivarh

    I was trying to use Edge as my standard browser but there is one thing that keeps irritating the bejesus out of me. Every time I start opp edge it comes up with a dialog box on the top left that I have to manually dismiss telling me that there were multiple tabs open the last time I closed it and if I want to reopen them. I have been unable to figure out how to stop this from happening. Does anyone know how to disable this?

    • Paul Thurrott

      It sounds like you're having a weird combination of issues, but I'd try this:

      Close all the tabs but one. Stop then restart Edge. That should at least clear out the error on re-open.

      If/when that doesn't work, it's hard to know where to turn. But perhaps some combination of...

      Navigate to Edge settings > Start, home, and new tabs (edge://settings/startHomeNTP) and change the "Whsen Edge starts" choice to "Open the new tab page." Then, maybe disable Startup boost temporarily (edge://settings/?search=startup). And clear your browser data (edge://settings/clearBrowserData?search=history). And then stop and restart Edge.

      Kind of guessing here.

      • ivarh

        I will look into your suggested steps. I see I lied a bit. That irritating dialog box comes up on the right side.

        If I am unable to get rid of it I will capture a video and share it on my dropbox.

        • Sihaz

          I have the same thing both on windows and with the linux beta. Have also failed to find a fix...

  3. mike_big_green_it

    The Outlook extension only has one account BUT if you are using profiles in Edge then each one gets its own Outlook login...

  4. bluvg

    Have they done anything about the saved-in-browser passwords often being accessible/recoverable in plain text?

    • JH_Radio

      But I like that feature! Its not like just anyone could get to it, they'd have to know my PW to get into the PC first. which they don't...

      • bluvg

        I'm thinking more about an assumed breach scenario. I've witnessed numerous examples where someone can scoop browser creds from storage, sometimes in plain text.

  5. whistlerpro

    I'm guessing if you use Edge profiles for Work and Personal, you could have the outlook extension for your work and personal email that way.

    • sledge

      It's such a handy feature when you have multiple work and personal profiles.

  6. rmlounsbury

    I'm glad they are finally addressing the whole mobile app login issue. I moved over to Authenticator for password management but not being able to fill logins for mobile apps has been a pain.

    The added password health dashboard is a good feature add as well. Pretty much table stakes for this sort of tool.

  7. dkrowe

    Looks like Delayed Send is ignored by the extension if you reply from the dropdown.

  8. behindmyscreen

    I installed the preview and I am sitting her wondering why this feels so familiar....and then I realized, it is the exact same UI as outlook for the phone.

  9. Alastair Cooper

    It's good that they have improved the password functionality though personally I prefer to use an extension such as BitWarden or similar as it's browser-independent. If I ever want to move to a different browser in future it makes it easier.

  10. zself

    Microsoft has a lot of gall to ask me to trust them with my passwords after they have spent decades building and abandoning useful utilities.