Microsoft Edge Dev channel update lets you install Chrome themes

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What you need to know

  • A new Microsoft Edge build is rolling out to testers on the Dev channel.
  • This build brings several new features, including the ability to install Chrome themes.
  • This update is available now as build 86.0.594.2.

Microsoft shipped another new weekly build for Edge Insiders in the Dev channel today. This update includes several new features and fixes, as usual. The highloght, however, is that you can now install Chrome themes from the Chrome web store.

Like with extensions, the option to install Chrome themes is available because the new Edge is built on Chromium. All you'll have to do is go to the Chrome web store, find the theme you want, and click the install button. Edge will then prompt you to add the theme to your settings.

There's much more in this build, however. Here's a look at all of what's new and fixed in the Edge Dev channel:

  • Added the ability to install themes from the Google web store.
  • Added a flag to that will allow the Backspace key to navigate a webpage back (or forward when combined with Shift). This flag is currently disabled by default and needs to be manually enabled.
  • Added an option in settings to turn off suggestions from history and favorites when searching in the address bar.
  • Added website permissions for virtual and augmented reality.
  • Added a link between the Passwords Settings page and the Password Monitor Settings page.
  • Added a management policy to Save Cookies When Microsoft Edge Closes. Note that this policy is intended to be used in conjunction with policies to clear data when the browser is closed, and administrative templates will be updated later.
  • Fixed an issue where typing into the address bar sometimes crashes the browser.
  • Fixed an issue where closing a tab sometimes crashes the browser.
  • Fixed an issue where switching tabs sometimes crashes Edge on Insider versions of Windows.
  • Fixed an issue where visiting certain sites in IE mode tabs sometimes crashes the browser.
  • Fixed an issue where tabs sometimes crash upon loading.
  • Fixed an issue where logging into a site with a password saved in Edge sometimes crashes the tab.
  • Fixed an issue where using System Restore causes Edge to no longer be able to launch.
  • Fixed an issue where pinning a website to the Taskbar sometimes fails.
  • Fixed an issue where the certificate viewer doesn't work.
  • Fixed an issue where fullscreen videos sometimes don't display properly. Instead of entering fullscreen, they just zoom in and take up most of the browser window.
  • Fixed an issue where the address bar sometimes stays in the "translating" state after translation of the webpage is complete.
  • Fixed an issue where not all passwords are migrated from IE to Edge on versions of Windows older than 10.
  • Fixed an issue where websites pinned to the Taskbar don't have their badging when they're supposed to. (The badging is the text/number that sometimes appears on shortcut to tell the number of unread messages, etc.)
  • Fixed an issue where items sometimes aren't added to Collections correctly.
  • Fixed an issue where ctrl + F sometimes leave highlighting on a page.
  • Improved the UI when installing PWAs.
  • Removed the keyboard shortcut for Save As on PDFs (ctrl + shift + S).
  • Removed the ability to use Collections in Guest windows.
  • Obsoleted the Safe Browsing Allow List Domains management policy since it's been superseded by the SmartScreen Allow List Domains.

As usual, if you're already using Microsoft Edge on the Dev channel, you can download this update now by checking for updates through the "About Microsoft Edge" portion of the settings menu. Downloads for the Beta, Dev, and Canary builds are available from the Edge Insider site. And, if you have yet to try the new Microsoft Edge, you can find it at the official Edge page.

Dan Thorp-Lancaster

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