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Microsoft Edge extensions and more come to Insiders in Windows 10 build 14291

Microsoft has just pushed out a fresh build to Windows Insiders in the Fast ring with Windows 10 and Windows 10 Mobile build 14291. Of course, a new build means new features, and the latest doesn't disappoint. Build 14291 finally heralds the addition of extensions and pinned tabs in Microsoft Edge, an updated Maps app and much more. Here's the full, official breakdown of everything that's new in Windows 10 build 14291:

Extensions in Microsoft Edge: Today we are very excited to introduce extensions for Microsoft Edge. To try out an extension, just click on "More" (…) at the top right in Microsoft Edge and click "Extensions" to open the Extensions pane and click "Get extensions". You can try out the Mouse Gestures, Microsoft Translator and Reddit Engagement Suite extensions today with more on the way. Extensions are only available on PC.

Pinned Tabs in Microsoft Edge: Microsoft Edge now lets you pin tabs, making it super easy to keep your most-used sites and web apps always available. To pin a tab, right-click on the tab you want to pin and choose "Pin tab". To unpin a tab, right-click on the pinned tab you want to unpin and choose "Unpin tab". Pinned tabs always appear at the start of the tab row, and only showing the site's favicon. Pinned tabs don't show a close button, so you won't accidentally close them. Pinned tabs that are in your Microsoft Edge window when you close the app will come back the next time you open Microsoft Edge.

Other Microsoft Edge Improvements: You can now copy any link into your clipboard, and right-click on the address bar in Microsoft Edge and choose "Paste and go" from the context menu. Microsoft Edge pastes the URL into the address bar, and navigates to the site. You can also copy words to your clipboard, and choose "Paste and search".

We have also made it easier to close tabs in Microsoft Edge on your mobile device, especially on devices with a larger screen size by increasing the size of the close button for tabs on the Tabs page.

Updated Maps app: This build includes a updated Maps app for Windows 10 that brings a more lightweight, scalable, and consistent UI as well as underlying architecture improvements and new features for you to try!

  • One-tap access to search and directions from anywhere, even on your phone. This is great especially for one-handed use.
  • You can view multiple searches and directions at the same time, on the same map as they are layered on top of each other and you can use tabs or the map to switch between them.
  • You can now minimize search results, directions, and location info to enjoy more of the map, while keeping them in easy reach.
  • You can see labels for your search results directly on the map. No more numbers to match between the map and the list.
  • Cortana will give you turn-by-turn directions (if Cortana is enabled).
  • We have improved the logic for nearby searches so you should see better (closer) results.
  • We have added the ability to search for your favorite city in the 3D cities list so no more scrolling forever to get to the city you want.
  • You can now access your favorites offline and add notes to them.
  • We have updated the turn-by-turn design to improve glanceability and landscape layout.

Updated Alarms & Clock app: We have pushed out an update to the Alarm & Clock app that introduces a new inline time picker and improved design for creating and editing alarms and timers.

Japanese one-handed kana touch keyboard: You can now choose one-handed kana touch keyboard for Japanese text typing. Type text in the same familiar way you would on your mobile device. One-handed keyboard is smaller than full-size touch keyboard, so it doesn't hide your desktop too much. It can also be placed anywhere on the desktop. If you want to type with left hand, bring one-handed touch keyboard to the left side.

Japanese Lined-mode Text Input Canvas: Now, you can have a new experience with the Japanese lined-mode Text Input Canvas. It provides you natural and intuitive text input for people who enter Japanese text. Edit the written characters, such as striking out inked text and modifying characters, can be easily done with a pen.

Introducing Feedback Hub: As we announced last week, we are bringing together the Insider Hub and Windows Feedback apps into a single app called the Feedback Hub. And the Feedback Hub is now available in this build for both PC and Mobile. The Feedback Hub carries over all of the best things from the previous two apps plus a few new things. When you open Feedback Hub for the first time, you will see a search box at the top so you can quickly find and upvote feedback items from other Insiders or submit new feedback. You will also notice that Announcements and Quests show up together in a single feed under "What's new". When you submit new feedback to us, we have added a new description field so you can explain in more detail the feedback you are sending to us. The most helpful feedback for us includes a brief title that summarizes your feedback, then you can use the new description field to provide more detail, for example: the steps that an engineer could take to recreate a problem, or more information about a feature suggestion. And you'll start seeing Microsoft engineers leaving comments on your feedback too! The familiar experience for browsing feedback is still a click away, just navigate to the Feedback tab from the left-hand navigation menu. We're just starting to add capability to the new unified app and we're excited to take this first step. We're excited to hear what you think of the new Feedback Hub, go to Apps and Games > Feedback Hub and tell us what you think.

Dan Thorp-Lancaster is the Editor in Chief for Windows Central. He began working with Windows Central as a news writer in 2014 and is obsessed with tech of all sorts. You can follow Dan on Twitter @DthorpL and Instagram @heyitsdtl. Got a hot tip? Send it to daniel.thorp-lancaster@futurenet.com.

113 Comments
  • Where is the old Microsoft and what have you done with her?
  • What's wrong with the current one? Or what do you miss of old MS? I'm not criticizing, I'm just curious on your point of view :)
  • No, he's complimenting MS... He's saying that MS is firing on a cylinders, making moves.. It's an old sarcastic cliché.
  • And so I learned something new today, thanks.
  • Oh, man I wish we could post pictures..
  • Sel-pi
  • Still no fix for the Band 2
  • Have you done a hard reset?
  • No...should I ?
  • No, if anything, download another language and set your phone to that. For example, if your main language is English, try English (Canada) or something simular.
  • I have Italian.Can I switch in English USA and back to Italian?
  • You can use English until the update that fixes the issue comes out, then switch back. It's up to you really.
  • Sure there is - don't install a preview build. Easy, simple, requires no work for you, and the band works perfectly fine.
  • How someone down-voted your comment originally makes absolutely zero sense. So I up-voted it! No matter how many times you tell people it is a preview build, they never listen.
  • He just stated a true fact, keep your sarcasm for the whiners, this site is full of them but he looked polite and didn't write a wall of complaints like others :) It's a shame they missed the opportunity to fix a known bug of the previous release since it is kind of a nasty bug.
  • Still waiting for an improved right click menu --- seriously, it can't take that much code to add a "Refresh", "Back" & "Forward" option. I'm sure far ore people use that than "Inspect Element" & "View Source". Im surprised they actually added "Paste & Go".
  • They added paste and go?!?...OMG...downloading now..
  • There were a few people who were commenting here claimed that they would not switch from Chrome to Edge until Paste and Go was added. They were full of it, though. Chrome doesn't have Paste and Go, FF does, but not Chrome.
  • Umm Yes, Chrome has it. Unless I'm part of some super secret society that gets better features but has to praise the google overlords every sunday.
  • After trying again, what happens is Chrome looks at the text on the clipboard and tries to determine if it is a URL. If it is then it shows Paste and Go, if not then it say Paste and Search. I had the word TFS on the clipbard for our TFS instance. Paste and Go did not show up. When I copied https://tfs and right clicked it showed up. So while it is there, it only works half way.
  • Also, if you highlight a URL on a page, you'll get the "go to....." option
  • Chrome's had that for a while dude.
  • Chrome has been here for a while too. Sent from Hobbiton. It's quite nice out here.
  • Chrome has been here for a while too. Sent from Hobbiton. It's quite nice out here.
  • Great update! I just wonder if I can jump to this build right now with my Lumia 640. The Windows Central Universal Application for Windows 10 Mobile on a Nokia Lumia 830
  • You can
  • I believe that they said they'd open up the Redstone builds for the additional mobile devices in the "coming weeks." Which would mean you'd have to wait, as would I (L640 as well).
  • 't...sorry
  • w8 i can go mobile redstone? i thought it was only for the first w10 lumias and update would come later :O
  • It is only for Windows 10 Mobile devices. For now. Since the official update is rolling out right now, over the next few weeks Microsoft is going to start letting Windows Phone 8.1 devices jump to Redstone builds.
  • That w10 wc app is so buggy. Have to start it at least 3x from start screen to get it to open. Have you experienced anything like that? Reverted back to the old one for now. Hope they get it working anywhere close to this one. Looks great but it just don't work for me as yet.
  • Finally! But actually waiting for AdBlock :P And I hope extensions come to mobile too.
  • I am hoping for a better Ad blocker than Adblock.  I don't need Ad blockers like AdBlock that lets Google pay to whitelist ads and trackers.
  • You do realize that you can turn that off right?
  • It doesn't matter.  There are better alternatives available that aren't in the business of selling out their userbase.  I chose to support such alternatives.
  • Sorry WC, but once AdBlock hits you're gonna feel it... -Mach 8 Solutions, LLC a software company.
    Http://mach8solutions.com
  • Might actually make the site usable.
  • (1) We give away an app for free that is ad-free, so it's not like we haven't thought of that, derp (2) Go ahead and run an adblocker, we have a solution already in place to help alleviate that too (3) We have (and always have) alternate revenue streams (4) We've been doing this for 15 years, we know what we are doing ;) (5) the ad problem is not ours, it's the industry's as their crappy ad modules, beacons and scripts are broken, not our site (6) pretty sure more people run Chrome, Firefox and Opera combined with and without ad blockers than all the Edge users so it's not like this would be new (7) You are never going to stop people from blocking ads especially the hardcore users (8) I hope you are not wishing for our site to lose money and revenue that help send us to events, pay for equipment and pay our employees.
  • The problem is that people are always going to blame the site itself. Sorry, but there are sites a plenty that run smoother than this one. -Mach 8 Solutions, LLC a software company.
    Http://mach8solutions.com
  • Whoa an edit. Lost jobs are never cool in my book. And the industry has itself to blame for the rise of adblockers. I and I'm sure even you, don't like having products shoved in your face. Brb, gonna go find Chappelle's "if the internet was real" skit...
  • You are right, I don't like products shoved in my face. - Here is a link to my company so I get some free advertising while I complain about ads from other people. http://www.IThinkIAmACoolSoftwareDeveloperEvenThoughMyWebPageShowsNoRealWorkIHaveEverDone.com
  • Ah but you still visited it... Arguing with a fool proves there are two.
  • Dan, you are kidding yourself if you think that this website runs no better/worse than competitor websites.
    Seriously, page load speeds alone are woeful (even with adverts disabled).
    If it wasn't for your apps, I wouldn't visit Windows Central. The website is just painful to navigate (unless using an absolute powerhouse of a computer)
  • Our site with no ads loads in about 2-4 seconds; the ads, which are not ours, is what slows it down. Thing is, I don't care if you run an ad blocker...I can't stop you. And we can't code to make third party ads better, it's not on us. Read up on this topic, it's an industry problem and they need to solve it. Until then, what you do I can care less about. Regardless, this is not the time nor place to have this conversation. We are all aware here of how ads slow down the site, it's not like any of us are psyched by it, I assure you. But it is what it is and you do what you must do.
  • App is awesome, though.
  • You can care less? Or you can't care less?...   What can we do as a community to start to rally against these ads Dan? We've gotta start somewhere....
  • Like I said, not arguing about the merits or morals of it. I get it. We get it. Our site devs and writers get it. Literally no one in the industry is happy about any of this and those companies need to change their behavior. We have one solution already in place. Run an ad blocker and use our site, you'll notice some small additions that don't impact performance, let you see the site in full, and still let us make some money.
  • Oh, sorry, i meant against the industry. (been a long 3 days working on a roof)
  • i would happily pay for a subscripition to WPCentral - yes you guyus really are THAT good!
  • Hey Daniel! Is the Ask Dan series over? No episode in ages now! Posted from Windows Central for Windows 10
  • Correct Posted from Windows Central for Windows 10, on HP 250 G1 notebook
  • Actually, it's painful when you literally can't open Mobile page of WC in mobile Edge. This is as bad as the phenomena of WP8.1 office apps compared to iOS's in terms of functionality.
  • WP really needs a mobile ad blocker.  If it doesn't look like it will get one soon I may just have to jump to iOS.
  • No you won't.
  • Browsing the internet requires an Ad blocker, especially on mobile.  Not having an ad blocker on mobile would make the OS as incomplete as it would be if it didn't have an email client.  They can't ignore it and keep customers.
     
  • So you put an advertisment for your software company in each post you make and we are forced to see it, but then you are complaining about ads on this site and telling everyone that you are going to use an Ad blocker. That takes balls.
  • Big brass balls. And plain-text is completely different from media-based ones. Google and Bing's sponsored ads are acceptable.
  • Huge day for microsoft :D
  • Incognito mode from taskbar?.... Come on. -Mach 8 Solutions, LLC a software company.
    Http://mach8solutions.com
  • That website is pretty naff. Not a good advert for your company.
  • Naff? -Mach 8 Solutions, LLC a software company.
    Http://mach8solutions.com
  • Nvm -Mach 8 Solutions, LLC a software company.
    Http://mach8solutions.com
  • I had to look it up too :)
  • Why is my PC not receiving any insider updates? I have been signed up for months but I think I am still stuck on the general public release 10420
  • Are you getting an error message or anything when checking for updates in the Settings app? You should at least be on the November release.
  • No error messages, I have received updates but they appear to be just typical security and general updates, nothing from the insider builds, same issue with my windows tablet actually, but haven't spent as much time looking at that.
  • Hate to say it but a reset is in order. You are way behind.
  • How does one reset a PC? This isn't for my phone
  • Wow, looks promising. Last one was awful on my 950xl.
  • We just need some one port Adblock or uBlock over to Edge! 
  • Gonna need a serious improvement on how those extensions are installed. The average user isn't going to want to jump through that many hoops. Should be one-click. -Mach 8 Solutions, LLC a software company.
    Http://mach8solutions.com
  • I mean, it's already been revealed that extensions will eventually be in the Store like everything else. This is for testing purposes.
  • Well at least it's a start -Mach 8 Solutions, LLC a software company.
    Http://mach8solutions.com
  • I totally agree. It is great to finally see extensions added, but the way to install them is over complicated at the moment.
  • I guess your not cut out to be a insider then.
  • Excuse me? I simply gave feedback on what my experience is with an implementation. Dude!
  • And since we know that in the actual Redstone build that will go out to the general public this summer, extensions will be found in the Store, your experience/input is irrelevant.
  • No, it does not make it irrelevant. Having to search through the store will make it equally cumbersome. It should be a search directly in the extension menu in edge from where you can also directly install it.
    Having to open an extra program to get more functions for another program is just bad implementation. But I already wrote a detailed feedback for MS about my experience and concerns for the future implementation plans.
  • I guess One Stop Shop does not resonate with you. People like getting their stuff from a centralized place. That place is the Store. How is searching through the Store cumbersome? Posted from Bikini Bottom via my Shell XPS 13
  • A much better implentation than Apple's way of doing it in Safari on OSX
  • I see extension as nothing else than in-app 'purchases' and for those I do not want to leave the app I am using, as they are in-app. The question is, are there going to be sold extensions? If so it might indeed make sense to leave the App to go to the store; I just hope they organize it properly and make it at least a direct link from the extension menu in edge to the category page in the store. But, well, MS is MS and they tend to do things weird and have to be pointed at their weird decisions... Always!
  • You buy things at the Store in real life too. It isn't that complicated, I swear. There is a "Get Extensions" link at the bottom of the installed extensions list that will actually take you to the Store too. How did you leave feedback without actually using the thing? Posted from Bikini Bottom via my Shell XPS 13
  • Is it so hard to see that i am not blindly giving feedback and that I did test the thing? I am giving feedback based on what I can do with the current implementation and my previous experience with MS. Which is why I am afraid that they will not implement it properly for when it goes live. I for example compare it to the current way you search for camera lens enabled apps; there is no category in the store and clicking on the link, the camera app presents me, just opens a predefined search in the store causing Apps to appear that are not actually camera lens enabled apps or leaves others that are out of the result. There is also no category or filter in the store to apply to only find Windows 10 UWP apps. Based on that, and many more past examples, my concern is valid. Ergo, my preference is to have the search for extensions directly in the extension menu in Edge. No opening a new app and instant visibility of extensions and their management.
  • Lenses are being deprecated, no wonder there is no actual category for them. Extensions will eventually have their own category, duh. Even now, you don't see everything mixed into one category in the search results - they are categorized. Someone who is looking for extensions _will_ find them, don't worry. My point is: can we stop b!tching about stuff that is not broken? Can we complain for example, about how Cortana requires location to be on, even though it's a massive battery drain? Like, couldn't the geofencing or whatever location-related capabilities be turned off when location is off, instead of disabling the whole of Cortana? Posted from Bikini Bottom via my Shell XPS 13
  • That signature lol -Mach 8 Solutions, LLC a software company.
    Http://mach8solutions.com
  • Ooh can't wait for Redstone update Posted via Galaxy Note 4
  • the dot dot dot button ...
  • "Extensions are only available on PC." The thought of having adblock on my phone seemed too good to be true for a moment. Turns out it was. Well, MS is MS stays MS. Adblock is needed as soon as possible because on mobile, all those layer ads and auto starting video players take much bandwidth and battery. The often ultra small close buttons of the ad layers which are hard to hit with your finger or layers which due to bad design are only half visible just make many sites unusable and destroy the browsing experience. I don't know ANYONE who surfs without an adblocker. I really hate that the age of flash player ads is over - now there are auto starting HTML5 video ads with sound everywhere and you cannot stop them by disabling flash. The worst part is sometime I'm on the go and click on a link in edge, then a video ad loads and guess what? My music stops because of the ad sound and I have to close the site and restart and navigate the laggy groove app to continue the music! This is complete BS!
  • Sure, I agree with you. But they mentioned some time ago that the roadmap for Edge included extensions for PC. When asked about it for mobile, they said it would take a lot more work, and therefore take longer if it happened. So it's unfortunate, but not so surprising.
  • Yes.
    But they should improve Edge experience in mobile. Currently it's very unreliable. Sent from Hobbiton. It's quite nice out here.
  • Let's hope extensions will also reach the phone at some point. I do understand MS though that they have them first on PC as it could be troublesome to just allow extensions on the phone due to platform limitation and you wouldn't want all extensions available on that platform as not all make sense. On the other hand, the mobile platform needs an ad blocker ... Desperately! Especially site that heavily use google ads are horrible slow in edge.
  • Hi My name is Tony. Ive never used an Ad blocker. Full time software dev for over 25 years. I try as hard as possible to install as little as possible on every machine.Never found ads to be a problem. but maybe i dont visit as many dodgy sites as you ;)   Anyway, now you know someone who doesnt use an ad blocker - that name again is Tony (not Mr Plow)
  • Pinned tabs would be really great if and when they figure out a good implementation for mobile. This could help with turning mobile sites into a true app experience. Especially if it's together with the planned idea of Edge notifications in the action center.
  • They never promised extensions for mobile, even though they were looking into it. MS clearly said that extensions were coming to the PC version. I don't know why you would expect something else. And anyway, you can have an ad-blocker on your phone: you have to interop-unlock and put a HOSTS file in the right place (or deploy an app from XDA to do it for you).
  • As expected , no documentation for indi developers. looks like another Xbox ID project   Where can I get more information on developing extensions for Microsoft Edge? Thanks for your interest in building extensions for Microsoft Edge! We’re currently building and validating our extension platform and documentation with the help of a small number of extension authors. Stay tuned for future updates!  
  • You're so entitled... they will announce more stuff at the Build conference, end of March...
  • Love seeing extensions! Even though none of these first ones appeal to me, now that the framework is in place, we can expect more and more released over time. -- Lumia 640 (Windows 10)
  • Why aren't extension in store or something just a website is sort of lame
  • Hate to complain but still waiting for my W10M keyboard to get back to 8.1 level of responsiveness and accuracy!! Posted from Windows Central for Windows 10 Mobile BETA
  • Hahaha so finally you agreed W10M is not at all ready for public.
  • Hopefully the Ad blockers come soon! Just this last weekend:
    ---
    Google and AOL have been serving up malicious adverts to unsuspecting users that ultimately results in files being held to ransom by the malware, according to Malwarebytes.
    “Out of the blue on the weekend, we witnessed a huge spike in malicious activity emanating out of two suspicious domains. Not only were there a lot of events, but they also included some very high profile publishers, which is something we haven’t seen in a while,” the company said.
    It looks like the ads weren’t restricted to coming via Google’s ad network either – AOL, AppNexus and Rubicon’s networks were also named in the report.
    ---
    Surfing without a good Ad blocker is just asking for trouble.
  • gestures beta and adblock plse  and beg here drive to stay.  
  • They only took a year to add support for extensions! Great job. Will probably take another year to make sure they work.
  • I never knew Microsoft Edge has a YouTube Channel now.
  • I'm surprised that more people aren't losing their minds right now.
  • It seems like most domain web page has define this line
    ... content="IE=edge"...
    hmmm... Windows 10 is popular...
  • I love extensions but on first launch my Edge is SUPER slow, like almost unusable. Still seems very unstable. Sticking with Opera for now.
  • Extensions for Microsoft Edge in Mobile would be dope! ^^
  • Updated, but not seeing any difference in maps and no sync favourites. Is maps update a separate install?
  • Why EXE? Looks a bit complicated to install and load, should be simpler like FF - click to download > confirm install > done.
  • Daredevil and this on the same day? FML. Posted via the Windows Central App for Android
  • The "dot-dot-dot button" *smh* Is that really what they're calling that?
  • Super stoked about extensions being added to edge. On one side it seems like it has taken way too long, on the other side I am glad tehy are taking the time to do it right. Just read this article about the browser, has some pretty good info about new features: http://www.fscarolina.com/windows-10-tips-tricks-and-features-part-2-mic...