What you need to know
- The first signs of history syncing are now in the Edge Canary channel.
- A toggle for the feature now appears in sync settings.
- The feature isn't live yet, but will be turned on "as soon as it's ready," Microsoft says.
History syncing is nearly ready to test in the new Chromium-based Microsoft Edge. The feature started showing up, at least as a toggle, in the latest update to the Edge Canary channel (via Richard Hay), though it isn't active yet.
Attention #EdgeInsiders - updates are available for all 3 channels #EdgeCan (80.0.327.0), #EdgeDev (80.0.320.5), & #EdgeBeta (79.0.309.15). Also - check out what has shown up in Sync Settings on #EdgeCan #History #ComingSoon pic.twitter.com/O2tJuZf5MrAttention #EdgeInsiders - updates are available for all 3 channels #EdgeCan (80.0.327.0), #EdgeDev (80.0.320.5), & #EdgeBeta (79.0.309.15). Also - check out what has shown up in Sync Settings on #EdgeCan #History #ComingSoon pic.twitter.com/O2tJuZf5Mr— Richard Hay (@WinObs) November 7, 2019November 7, 2019
In the browser's sync settings, you'll now find a "History" toggle listed alongside passwords, settings, open tabs, and collections. Once the feature is live, you'll be able to keep your browsing history synced between Edge on other devices, making for a less fragmented experience.
That consistency between browser instances is part of Microsoft's overall effort to make Edge a seamless experience between platforms. Because Edge is or will be available across Android, iOS, Windows, and macOS (and in the future, Linux), Microsoft wants there to be as few barriers as possible to picking up where you left off on any given device. Using Chromium as a base helps to ease that process somewhat, but features like collections are areas where Edge stands out across all platforms.
Microsoft is gearing up to launch the stable version of the new Edge on January 15 for Windows and macOS. At launch, history syncing, extension syncing, and ARM64 support won't be available in the stable version, as Neowin recently reported. However, that the first signs of history syncing have popped up in Canary could mean that it's not far behind.
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Why are you using my logo when referring to chromium edge?
I haven't used Canary in a while but did they ever add timeline support back into the new Edge?
History syncing is the one thing lacking that's really bothered me. Glad it's getting close.
ARM64 support won't be available in the stable version at launch. Really? Isn't that what would run on the Surface Pro X?
This is because developers are to lazy to flip the switch in the Visual Studio and recompile... or at least that has been the popular wisdom on this site. Also, I find it hilarious that the news of ARM64 Edge not being ready for the official launch could only be found in comments section.
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