Microsoft Edge Beta 89 lets you block auto-playing videos

Edge Dev Hero 2020 Newfeature
Edge Dev Hero 2020 Newfeature (Image credit: Daniel Rubino / Windows Central)

What you need to know

  • Microsoft Edge Beta received an update to version 89.0.774.18.
  • The update includes several feature updates, including improvements to kiosk mode and PDF text selection.
  • The latest version also lets you block auto-playing videos.

Microsoft Edge Beta has a new update that brings it to version 89.0.774.18. The update includes several feature improvements, including lockdown capabilities for kiosk mode and the ability to block auto-playing videos.

Here's everything that's new, as found on the browser's release notes (opens in new tab):

  • Kiosk mode enables additional lockdown capabilities. Starting with Microsoft Edge version 89, we have added additional lockdown capabilities within kiosk mode to enable customers to get the job done in a productive and more secure experience. Learn more.
  • The Enterprise Mode Site List Manager tool will be available in the browser through the edge://compat page. You can use this tool to create, edit and export your site list XML for Internet Explorer mode on Microsoft Edge. You can enable access to this tool as needed through group policy. Learn More.
  • Reset your Microsoft Edge sync data in the cloud manually. We are introducing a way to reset your Microsoft Edge sync data from within the product. This ensures that your data is cleared from Microsoft services, as well as resolving certain product issues that previously required a support ticket.
  • Improvements to text selection experience within PDF documents. Users will begin to get a smoother and more consistent text selection experience across PDF documents opened in Microsoft Edge starting with version 89.
  • The "Disable developer mode extensions" warning can be permanently dismissed. Starting with Microsoft Edge version 89, you can turn off the warning "Disable developer mode extensions" by selecting the 'Don't show this again' option.
  • Manage your extensions from the toolbar. The new extensions menu on the toolbar will let you to hide/pin extensions easily. The quick links to manage extensions and find new extensions will make it easy for you to find new extensions and manage your existing ones.
  • Support for natural language search on the address bar, history search page, and the history hub. Starting with Microsoft Edge version 89, finding an article/website will be easier with the natural language search on the address bar, history page, and history hub. Users can search for previously viewed page content/description/timing (such as "cake recipe from last week") in addition to titles/URL keyword matches.

Productivity:

  • Date of birth field now supported in autofill. Today Microsoft Edge helps you save time and effort while filling out forms and creating accounts online by auto filling your data like addresses, names, phone numbers, etc. Starting with Microsoft Edge version 89, we are adding support for another field that you can have saved and auto-filled - date of birth. You can view, edit and delete this information anytime in your profile settings.
  • Extend autofill suggestions to include content from the clipboard. Clipboard content is parsed when you select a profile/address field (For example, phone, email, zip code, city, state, etc.) to show as autofill suggestions.
  • Support blocking auto-playing video. Starting with Microsoft Edge version 89, users will have the option to block media from automatically playing.

You can snag the update now if you're a Beta Channel Insider or grab it from Microsoft's website.

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2 Comments
  • Great update. I've been using an extension to block auto-playing media. Will be nice if I can get rid of it. I'm also glad to finally get rid of that warning about developer extensions. I use one such extension, and it's annoying that I get that warning every startup.
  • funny that " Control if audio and video play automatically on sites" has been in settings for ages, but never worked... worked in the old good Edge