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What you need to know

  • Microsoft Edge appears to be receiving a Bing reverse image search feature via the sidebar.
  • This feature has appeared in Edge Dev and Edge Canary variants of the browser.
  • It's unclear when it will reach all Edge users.

As spotted by Redditor /u/Leopeva64-2 and reported by OnMSFT, it looks like Microsoft Edge is receiving Bing reverse image search functionality in the sidebar. The Reddit user mentions they only saw the option appear in Edge Dev, but OnMSFT spotted it in Edge Canary as well.

This points to a staggered rollout wherein not all Edge users will receive the feature at the same time. Still, it's good to see it trickling into the Edge ecosystem. It's worth mentioning that sidebar searching only offers image searches via Bing at the moment, with no options to use another search engine.

For those not in the know about reverse image searching, it allows anyone to trace an image's origin across the web, which is great for sourcing purposes and discovering useful associated content.

Ever wondered where a viral meme originated from? You can simply right-click an image and search the web for it, showing you just about everywhere it's appeared as well as content that's potentially related to it. Based on the feature's sidebar appearances so far in Edge, it looks like the new version of the tool will be just as easy to use as existing reverse image search methods.

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Reverse the search

Microsoft Edge is finally getting reverse image searching capabilities via Bing in the sidebar. The rollout seems to be staggered, so if you want to start searching with Bing images, give Edge Dev or Edge Canary a go.

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