What you need to know
- Edge Canary has a new experimental UI available to test.
- The UI introduces Windows 11 inspired rounded tabs.
- It's hidden behind a new experimental appearance flag.
Microsoft Edge Canary's latest preview build is now available, and includes a new experimental flag setting that once enabled, introduces an updated Windows 11 inspired design along the top of the Edge web browser. In addition to giving the user the option to enable or disable Mica effects, Microsoft is also testing a new rounded tab interface design.
The new design separates the tabbed interface from the address bar area, giving it slightly larger hitboxes (useful for touch/tablet users) and a more distinct appearance for the tabbed area. In fact, this design is somewhat similar to the interface that ships on Firefox. There's not much else to say about the new design other than that Microsoft is calling it an experimental appearance, meaning it might not ship if feedback is negative.
We think this new design looks great, and we're happy to see Microsoft attempting to break away from the "Chromium" look to try and differentiate its browser a little bit. If you want to try out the new UI today, download Microsoft Edge Canary and follow these intructions:
- Type "Edge://flags" into the address bar and hit enter.
- Search for "experimental appearance" in the bar at the top.
- In the drop down, select "enabled" and restart Edge.
- Head to Edge Settings.
- Select Appearance.
- Enable Show Windows 11 visual effects and Use rounded corners options.
- Restart Microsoft Edge.
Once Edge loads back up, you should see the new Edge design along the top of the interface. What are your thoughts on this new design? Let us know in the comments.
Thanks @FireCubeStudios for spotting this change!
It would be interesting to tally the number of articles throughout this site's history that have included "Rounded" or "Square(d)" in the headlines and compare them.
Seemed strange initially, but I've quickly come to really like it.
Looks absolutely horrid.
Rounded corners are an atrocious design choice anywhere, but specially in an OS that will NOT be used in screens with rounded corners.
That's one of the many very stupid things garbage Windows 11 does: because it's rehashing the designs of a failed version of Windows, it thinks it'll be used on things like smartphones. But then you look at PC displays, laptop displays, TV displays...and you're not seeing rounded corners in them. Because that would be stupid design.
Huh? You're drunk? This design is nothing new on desktop OSs, it was on Windows XP, MacOS, Linux and even Chrome OS. Microsoft is getting rid of sharp corners once again because it isn't the norm anymore.
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