Users of the Microsoft Edge web browser in the PC version of Windows 10 can expect to see a number of third-party extensions released in the future. Windows Insider members can now download the latest preview version of Windows 10, build 14291, that added support for extensions for the first time to Edge.
In a blog post, Microsoft stated:
"The Windows Insider build will include three preview extensions: Microsoft Translator, an extension that automatically translates pages in over 50 different languages, a Mouse Gestures extension, and an early preview version of the popular Reddit Enhancement Suite (RES). Later this year customers will find popular extensions from partners like AdBlock, Adblock Plus, Amazon, LastPass, Evernote and more."
The fact that Microsoft will support ad blocking extensions will certainly be welcome news for many Edge users. Microsoft also stated that for now, extensions will need to be downloaded and side-loaded for Windows Insiders, but that the plan is to offer Edge extensions on the Windows Store "to ensure the quality of the end-to-end experience."
Edge extensions will likely be included in the first big feature update wave planned for all Windows 10 users. That update, which has the code name Redstone, is rumored to be launched sometime in June.