Microsoft Edge 88 arrives with new privacy, security, and productivity features

Edge New Tab Page
Edge New Tab Page (Image credit: Microsoft)

What you need to know

  • Microsoft Edge 88 is now rolling out in the stable channel.
  • It introduces new security features such as a password generator.
  • There are also new productivity and privacy features.

Microsoft is rolling out version 88 of its Edge web browser today, bringing with it several new privacy, security and productivity features designed to make browsing the web easier and more secure. Microsoft is highlighting new password protection features that warn you if your password has been leaked, and can even generate new, more secure ones, as well as more customization features in the New Tab Page.

Up first, Microsoft Edge 88 features a new "sidebar search" feature that works similarly to the old Microsoft Edge's "ask Cortana" feature. You can right click on text or images, and search the web in a sidebar interface, meaning you can find context for things without leaving the current tab you're in.

On the New Tab Page, you'll also now be able to see incoming emails from Outlook if you have the website pinned in your quick links. Version 88 also introduces new icons in address bar and context menus to align with Microsoft's updated Fluent Design language. Microsoft also has several new themes designed to make Microsoft Edge look and feel unique.

For PCs on battery, Edge has new power efficiency features that will let users put tabs to sleep after a certain amount of time. Putting inactive tabs to sleep frees up resources for other tabs, keeping performance fast even on devices with a low amount of RAM or CPU power.

Edge Password Generator Gif

Source: Microsoft (Image credit: Source: Microsoft)

In the security department, Edge now has a built-in password generator when signing up for websites that will automatically save and sync with your Microsoft Account. In addition, Microsoft Edge also has a password leak checker which will warn you when it detects that a password you use has been found in a password leak dump.

There's also a new option to delete third party cookies with one button, and those signed in with a Microsoft Account now have the option to sync open tabs and browsing history across devices.

Microsoft Edge 88 is rolling out in the stable channel now. What are your thoughts on these new features? Let us know in the comments.

Zac Bowden
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9 Comments
  • I was expecting they would remove flash in the January release.
  • Yes this is the update that removes flash. It's on the chromium side not on the edge side of things. Link to doc: https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/microsoft-edge/web-platform/site-impact...
  • Is there a way to force password generation? I don't often sign up for new services but would like to use it to generate new passwords for existing services. So for example if I log into Twitter and want to change my password in my account settings, Edge isn't suggesting anything when I click on the new password field. I'd like to be able to trigger that somehow... or am I missing something? Thanks!
  • You must go to forget password or recover password to enable Edge to use the password generator.
  • Thanks! I'll try that.
  • I've had the search in sidebar feature for a while. It sucks - so maybe that was some sort of weird full release A/B testing? The rest of the features sound great.
  • Me too. Other than being locked to Bing it works well. Good for a quick search.
  • I noticed that Edge 88 uses the new Fluent Design iconography too! They look really slick, I love it!
  • love edge. this was a nice update and i love the new themes for edge.
    wtg MS