Microsoft Edge Dev channel now syncs open tabs between devices

Microsoft Edge logo on Start menu
Microsoft Edge logo on Start menu (Image credit: Windows Central)

What you need to know

  • A new update is available for Microsoft Edge Dev channel testers.
  • This release adds the ability to sync your open tabs between devices, along with a boatload of improvements and fixes.
  • The update is available to download now as build 79.0.308.1.

Microsoft today shipped another weekly update for the Microsoft Edge Dev channel, and it comes with a major new feature. You can now sync your open tabs between devices, allowing you to easily pick up where you left off on another instance of Microsoft Edge on your phone or another PC.

"To see the tabs from your other devices, go to the History section of the … menu," Microsoft said in a Tech Community post (opens in new tab) announcing the update. People signed in with work and school accounts can also now sync data to Edge for Mac.

There are a ton of other changes and improvements as well. Here's a rundown:

  • Added initial annotation features to PDFs.
  • Added support for using a pen/stylus to move and resize windows.
  • Improved the browser sign-in experience and added new profile icons.
  • Added an error dialog for when the browser is in a state where it can't be signed into (for example, when running as an Administrator).
  • Added a link to the Microsoft Privacy Dashboard from within Settings.
  • Added text indicating if a window is InPrivate or Guest to the tooltip that appears when hovering over the Taskbar icon.
  • Added the ability to edit the names of items in Collections.
  • Added more links to documentation from within the F12 Dev Tools.
  • Added more icons to certain places in the browser such as context menus.
  • Fixed a crash when signing into the browser.
  • Fixed an issue where trying to print a PDF crashes the tab.
  • Fixed an issue where navigating within an IE tab sometimes causes a browser crash.
  • Fixed a hang when using IE mode tabs.
  • Fixed an issue where clicking on the prompt to restart Edge to apply an update causes a hang on Mac.
  • Fixed an issue where Edge would randomly crash.
  • Fixed an issue where Application Guard windows fail to open with no indication as to why.
  • Fixed an issue where Application Guard windows fail to navigate to websites.
  • Fixed a crash when using Application Guard.
  • Fixed an issue where checking for Edge updates results in the following error: "We couldn't create that component (error code 3: 0x80080005 -- system level)".
  • Fixed an issue where users can't click on certain browser UI while the print dialog is open.
  • Fixed an issue where logging into the browser fails because the Sign In button isn't functional.
  • Fixed an issue where sync doesn't work, and users unexpectedly had to sign into the browser again in order to restore sync.
  • Fixed an issue where syncing doesn't work after a user signs into the browser and tries to customize which types of data to sync.
  • Fixed an issue where protected video like on Netflix doesn't work on ARM devices.
  • Temporarily removed the "Block" autoplay media blocking option due to certain websites not being blocked properly. This can be re-enabled with a flag.
  • Temporarily removed the UI for sync options that haven't been implemented yet, so they don't appear constantly disabled.
  • Fixed an issue where Edge icons on the Taskbar, Desktop, Task Manager, etc. are incorrect or missing.
  • Fixed an issue where video playback on certain sites like Xfinity would appear blocky or scrambled. Note that there is still an active bug with similar behavior.
  • Fixed an issue where adding a new folder to Favorites from the Favorites management page isn't possible because the Save button is disabled.
  • Fixed an issue where Flash doesn't work on certain webpages in Application Guard windows.
  • Fixed an issue where feedback screenshots appear all black.
  • Fixed an issue where importing settings from Chrome causes webpage text to be smaller than normal.
  • Fixed an issue where Reading View doesn't properly support right-to-left languages.
  • Fixed an issue where zooming doesn't work in Reading View on Mac.
  • Fixed an issue where some buttons appeared circular when they're hovered over instead of square/rectangular.
  • Fixed an issue where tooltips sometimes don't draw their entire border properly.
  • Fixed an issue where signing into the browser with an account that has no picture doesn't properly set the browser's profile picture to the default avatar if a profile picture was previously set for the profile.
  • Fixed an issue where copy/paste doesn't work in Collections.
  • Fixed an issue where adding the current webpage to a Collection fails.
  • Fixed an issue where the Tab key has unexpected behavior in certain areas of a Collection.
  • Fixed an issue where Collections exported to Word have extra artifacts added to the documents.
  • Fixed an issue where reordering items in Collections via the keyboard doesn't work properly.
  • Fixed an issue where downloads blocked by SmartScreen don't have the button to delete them straight from the Downloads shelf.
  • Fixed an issue where changing which content is shown on the new tab page sometimes causes the wrong favicon to be shown on the tab.
  • Fixed an issue where "Your organization has turned off sync" messages appear when they shouldn't be.
  • Fixed an issue where the number of InPrivate windows currently open isn't displayed next to the InPrivate indicator in the toolbar.
  • Fixed an issue where the arrow keys sometimes don't work in PDF documents.
  • Fixed an issue where the search engine imported from the existing version of Edge isn't set as the default search engine after import.
  • Fixed an issue where the feedback dialog window control buttons appear to be blurry.
  • Fixed an issue where Windows Firewall prompts appear inside Application Guard windows.
  • Fixed an issue where the user's name when signed into the browser has "Profile 1" appended to it.
  • Fixed an issue where the first run experience greets users as "Profile 1" instead of their name.
  • Fixed an issue where the first run experience sometimes appears on top of web page content instead of on a new tab.
  • Fixed an issue where the F12 Dev Tools on Mac sometimes doesn't use the proper theme.
  • Fixed an issue where the F12 Dev Tools feedback smiley face doesn't render properly in light theme.
  • Fixed an issue where two "Initiator" tabs are visible in the F12 Dev Tools Network pane.

If you are already testing the Dev channel, you can grab this update now via the "About" section of the settings menu. Otherwise, the Dev, Canary, and Beta channels for the Chromium-based version of Microsoft Edge are available to download from the Edge Insider site now.

Dan Thorp-Lancaster is the former Editor-in-Chief of Windows Central. He began working with Windows Central, Android Central, and iMore as a news writer in 2014 and is obsessed with tech of all sorts. You can follow Dan on Twitter @DthorpL and Instagram @heyitsdtl

  • Nice feature. I'm loving the push for quality/stability/feature-completeness before release. Microsoft has learned from its disastrous, bug-riddled, threadbare Spartan release in 2015.
  • Is there any information if Chrome Edge will ever look like Regular Edge did with OS controlled colors, sharp corners and transparency effects?
    I can't stand the current Look of it and if it weren't for Google screwing up Edge again on YouTube I probably wouldn't even consider using it -_-