What you need to know

  • A new Microsoft Edge Dev channel build is now available for testing.
  • The update includes the usual slew of bug fixes, along with new features like Read Aloud for PDFs.
  • Microsoft Edge Dev channel build 77.0.211.1 is rolling out now.

Microsoft is still adding polish to the new Microsoft Edge based on Chromium with weekly releases on the Dev channel, and this week is no different. A new build is rolling out to testers today, pushing the build number up to 77.0.211.1 and bringing several new features and a ton of bug fixes.

Most notable in this release is the addition of Read Aloud for PDFs. The browser has also been localized for 11 more languages and several portions of the settings and layout have been tweaked.

Here are the full release notes for Microsoft Edge 77.0.211.1:

  • Read Aloud enabled for PDFs
  • Enable secure receipt of payment card data.
  • Enable Application Reputation from SmartScreen by default
  • Fix to support Dolby audio on Windows 8.
  • Family safety feature has a flag in edge://flags.
  • Direct launch for ClickOnce applications has been enabled.
  • Support for HEVC decoder has been added.
  • Enable Windows Defender Application Guard by default
  • Now we sort extensions into "From Microsoft Store" and "From other store" categories
  • Added "Recent" category in History management page
  • Disabled InPrivate browsing for profiles managed by Family Settings
  • Added tracking prevention under a flag in edge://flags.
  • Added ability to Save pages as MHTML from reading view
  • Work to support single sign on (SSO) and Azure Active Directory (AAD)
  • Work to support DRM in PDF
  • Localization into 11 languages (more coming)
  • Enabling SmartScreen on macOS by default
  • Enabling SafeSearch functionality for all Bing searches.
  • Fix for TouchBar on macOS when in YouTube fullscreen mode.
  • Multiple fixes to sync engine
  • Improved the crash reporting and uploading
  • Fixed a crash on URL load
  • Fixed an error when sync was turned off and on repeatedly.
  • Fixed a crash when trying to write to a read only date attribute
  • Fixed a crash when moving tab between two windows on separate screens.
  • Fixed a crash that occurred when sync occurred before sign-on completed
  • Fixed a crash that occurs on some navigation requests.
  • Fixed a crash on pop-up windows
  • Fixed crash on launch of Microsoft Edge of macOS Sierra and High Sierra versions
  • Enabled ability to automatically repair extensions by default.
  • Fixed an issue with guest more support on privacy and services settings page.
  • Improvements to dark mode in various controls and pages
  • Select the last used Chrome profile by default when importing from Chrome.
  • Move multiple controls to Fluent UI
  • Improve the cleanup logic in the installer
  • Limit New Tab Page content for Education SKUs and Windows 10s.
  • Fixes to new WebView control rendering
  • Fixes for importing defaults from Microsoft Edge and Internet Explorer
  • Fixes for Reading View toolbar
  • Fixes for importing pinned tabs and settings during First Run Experience
  • Fix to use user preference for font size rather than preset default.
  • Automatically move keyboard focus to address bar after First Run Experience
  • Fixed the swipe gesture for History on macOS
  • Fixed the sync icon badge on the user flyout.
  • Audio offload fixes to improve performance and battery life.
  • Fixed crash on launch of Microsoft Edge of macOS

If you already have the Microsoft Edge Dev channel installed, you should receive this update the next time you fire up your browser. If you want to get started with testing, you can download the new Microsoft Edge, either with the Dev or Canary channel, from the Edge Insider site.

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