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Microsoft Edge Dev channel now supports built-in Windows spellchecker

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Microsoft Edge Dev channel logo (Image credit: Windows Central)

What you need to know

  • The Microsoft Edge Dev channel received an update today.
  • The update brings support for the built-in Windows spellchecker and a few other handy features.
  • Microsoft also released the new Edge to the public this week on Windows and macOS.

While the biggest Microsoft Edge news this week is the browser's release on Windows and macOS, the Edge Dev channel has a new update to try out. The Edge Dev channel update brings support for the built-in Windows spellchecker, the ability to hide the Collections button, and a few other handy features. It also comes with several bug fixes.

You can read the full changelog, including how Microsoft improved the browser's reliability in MIcrosoft's latest tech community post (opens in new tab). Here are some of the highlights.

Added features

  • Added the ability to hide the Collections button from the address bar.
  • Added a "coming soon" message to all users who still have favorites sync disabled.
  • Added a dialog to inform users when another program on the device installs an extension in Edge.
  • Enabled integration of the Windows built-in spellchecker.
  • Added a management policy to prevent the first run experience from running.

Known issues

  • After an initial fix for it recently, some users are still experiencing Edge windows becoming all black. UI popups like menus are not affected and opening the Browser Task Manager (keyboard shortcut is shift + esc) and killing the GPU process fixes it.
  • Some users are still not seeing Collections being enabled by default on Canary and Dev. For users who want to try Collections, enabling the flag at edge://flags/#edge-collections should still work to turn on the feature.
  • There are some issues where users with multiple audio output devices sometimes don't get any sound from Edge. In one case, Edge becomes muted in the Windows Volume Mixer and unmuting it fixes it. In another, restarting the browser fixes it.
  • At certain zoom levels, there is a noticeable line between the browser UI and the web contents.

The new Microsoft Edge review: A browser that could rival Google's Chrome

The Microsoft Edge team continues to have a busy week. In addition to the public release of the new Edge and this update to the Dev channel, Microsoft released the ARM64 version of Microsoft Edge to the Beta channel this week.

Sean Endicott is the news writer for Windows Central. If it runs Windows, is made by Microsoft, or has anything to do with either, he's on it. Sean's been with Windows Central since 2017 and is also our resident app expert. If you have a news tip or an app to review, hit him up at sean.endicott@futurenet.com.

2 Comments
  • Now that Edge is released to the public as official. What are the thoughts of everyone who are in the Dev version? Switch over or stay in Dev? Would be interesting article for WC. Oh and how can you transition from Edge Dev to Public release. Does not seem to be a path. Which makes sense as it is a "downgrade"
  • I installed the RTM on my desktop and then just uninstalled the Dev version after everything synced. I had to recreate profiles but they all synced via their accounts. I'll keep Dev installed on my Surface Go, which is in the Windows Insider Fast ring too. Haven't decided what to do on my Surface Pro yet, but I'm thinking probably RTM.