Microsoft has long pushed a "better together" strategy where its users see big benefits from using two or more of its products and services together. This week's initial release of the Office Online extension for Microsoft Edge offers such a tie-up.
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Suddenly, it's all starting to come together: With the release of Windows 10 Insider build 14361 this week, Microsoft is now providing the LastPass extension to users of its Edge web browser. That closes the loop, I think, on the most-frequently requested features for this product, and could put Edge over the top when the Windows 10 Anniversary update hits this summer.
Microsoft Edge shipped in very incomplete form in the initial shipping version of Windows 10, but the web browser has improved steadily ever since. Today, Windows Insiders can test some basic Edge extensions, including, finally, those that provide ad blocking functionality. Will this trigger a surge in Edge usage?
It seems like Microsoft announces minor improvements to Edge almost every day, and that the combination of these updates will someday but this web browser over the top. That day, alas, is not today. But with Edge queuing up support for WebM, VP9 and Opus, that day is getting ever-closer.
Microsoft Edge is getting extension support in the Windows 10 Anniversary Update this summer, but you won't need to extension to use Skype free voice, video and group video calling in the browser. And today, you can preview this functionality via an early release of Skype video calling on Microsoft Edge.
While Windows Hello is an interesting and useful implementation of biometric security, it's pretty much relegated to the sign-in process in the shipping version of Windows 10. But that will change with the Anniversary update, which is adding Hello support to Microsoft Edge.
While it's fair to say that Windows 10 shipped in incomplete form last July, one piece of Windows 10 has remained developmentally well behind the rest over the intervening months. I'm referring of course to the Edge web browser.
Some deep thoughts (or something) for a Saturday morning: Microsoft OneDrive and Surface apologies, the coming Edge extensibility, and Microsoft's future.
Windows 10 version 1511 includes an updated version of Microsoft Edge that includes protection against DLL-based injection attacks, improving security.
To the click-baiters, Microsoft is "aggressively pushing" its new web browser, Edge, when users search for alternative browsers using its Bing search engine
Mozilla has quickly delivered it a Windows 10-friendly version of its flagship Firefox web browser, offering a streamlined new look and safer add-ons.