Microsoft Edge Dev now syncs content by default on Linux

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Edge Dev Hero 2020 Newfeature (Image credit: Daniel Rubino / Windows Central)

What you need to know

  • Microsoft Edge Dev recently received an update that enabled sign-in and sync for Linux users by default.
  • The update also brings new options for opening the PDF mini menu.
  • Microsoft is also considering giving people the option to move Vertical Tabs to the right side of the screen.

Microsoft recently rolled out an update for Edge Dev that brings several new features and a number of fixes. Following the update, the browser has sign-in and sync for personal Microsoft accounts on by default for Linux users. Previously, you had to enable this feature through a flag. The update also brings more options for the PDF mini menu and more options for opening favorite web pages.

Here's everything added to Edge Dev:

  • Sign-in and sync for personal Microsoft accounts is now turned on by default on Linux! See our announcement from last week for more details:
  • The PDF mini menu is gaining two new options! When you highlight a word, you'll now see an option to search for that word or to define it. Those two options have been promoted from the full context menu due to common use, and you can read more about it here:
  • Added the ability to open the Favorites, History, etc. management pages by clicking the Favorites, History, etc. name at the top of their respective popup menus.
  • Added a setting to control whether or not Sleeping Tabs appear faded.
  • Added a notification to switch profiles when a website or PWA is installed in one browser profile and you try to install the same one again in another profile. Note that this has been rolling out over the past few weeks, and is now enabled by default.
  • Added a management policy to control if Application Guard Traffic Identification is Enabled, which controls if Application Guard windows send extra headers to identify to web pages that they're being showing in an Application Guard window. Note that updates to documentation or administrative templates may not have occurred yet.

In addition to sharing everything that's new in Edge Dev, Microsoft also has a summary of its top feedback for the browser. An intriguing item that appears is the ability to move Vertical Tabs to the right side of the screen. This feature is only under review and might not ever come to Edge, but it's interesting to see Microsoft consider it.

This week we're adding on a new vertical tabs item: Users can move Vertical Tabs to the right side of the screen. This is something we've seen requests not only submitted to us directly but also on our social channels! The team is currently reviewing this item, but once we have more details to share about this bit of feedback we will update here.

If this feature does show up in Edge, it would be a nice addition to the browser. It's a highly requested feature on social media and in feedback sent directly to Microsoft.

Sean Endicott
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