Microsoft Edge Dev channel updated with loads of fixes and more
Default spellcheck, improvements to Read Aloud, and a refreshed look in certain settings areas are all in the latest Microsoft Edge Dev channel update.
It's the end of another week, which means it's time for a fresh update to the Microsoft Edge Dev channel. In the latest update (opens in new tab) to the Chromium-based version of Edge, Microsoft has rolled out a ton of bug fixes, along with other tweaks like turning on spellcheck by default and adding refreshed colors and layouts to certain areas of the settings menu.
Here's a look at all of what's new in Microsoft Edge Dev version 184.108.40.206:
Improvements and new functionality
- Spellcheck is now enabled by default for everyone.
- Downloads, Extensions, Favorites, History, and Settings all have refreshed colors and layout.
- Read Aloud will now select one of the new cloud-powered voices by default.
- The logic for quick links on the New Tab Page has been updated. Any site you add manually or edit will remain in the list unless you delete it, while other sites will continue to update based on your browsing history.
- Added support for Dolby AC3/E-AC3 audio decoding for some media playback sources.
- You can now sort favorites by name from the manage favorites page by right-clicking on the page background and choosing "Sort by name".
- Favorites in the favorites bar can now be reordered using ALT+SHIFT+LEFT/ALT+SHIFT+RIGHT.
- When viewing history, you can now filter by time range and then search within the filtered results.
- While viewing history, CTRL+A will now select all items in the current list.
- The "Add a profile" flyout now uses dark colors in dark theme. The default profile icon now has a gray background instead of a white background in dark theme.
- Tooltip improvements for tabs: new tooltip for tab close button, keyboard shortcuts added to tooltips, and special tooltip notes when a tab is in an error state.
- The title of an InPrivate window now contains "[InPrivate]".
- The escape key now cancels profile creation.
- When the window width is small, the "Profiles" and "Appearance" items in the Settings nav bar no longer overlap.
- Installed sites now show the "Customize and control" menu button in the title bar.
- Fixed a case where a page would scroll the wrong amount when using the keyboard to scroll in high DPI modes.
- The first item in a context menu is no longer showing a hover effect when the menu is opened.
- Fixed a bug which could cause updates to stop if you upgrade to the next Windows 10 release.
- We fixed some problems with keyboard navigation through the toolbar and favorites.
- Fixed an issue where Netflix sometimes temporarily stopped playing video after seeking.
- Fixed an issue where Read Aloud would stop reading if it encountered certain characters.
- Fixed an issue which could cause the list of pages in "On startup" settings to render incompletely.
- When creating or editing a profile, the profile icon choices now appear in two tidy rows as expected.
- Removed an extra vertical separator that was incorrectly appearing between an active tab and its neighbor tabs.
- Fixed an intermittent crash in the send feedback dialog.
- Site permissions for USB devices are now shown properly in Settings.
- When a web page is using your microphone, a microphone icon now shows instead of a camera icon.
- Fixed some dark text on dark background in the profile flyout in dark mode.
- In dark theme, disabled toolbar buttons are now much easier to see.
If you're on the Microsoft Edge Dev channel, you can grab this update now, or it should be automatically installed the next time you fire up the browser. If you want to start testing the new Microsoft Edge on Chromium, you can get started with either the Dev channel, which is updated weekly, or the Canary channel, which sees updates every day, at Microsoft.
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It's more than a little sad that the dev version of the new Edge is already more stable and functional than the old Edge in almost every way... It makes me wonder how many other things Microsoft could've made great throughout the years if they hadn't half assed it...