What you need to know
- Microsoft announced several new features for Microsoft Edge as part of Inspire 2020.
- Collections are now available on the mobile versions of Microsoft Edge.
- Edge also gained Automatic Profile Switching for work and personal profiles.
Microsoft announced new features for Microsoft Edge, including Collections coming to mobile devices, the ability to listen to PDFs, and several work and enterprise features. The features were announced as part of Microsoft's online Inspire conference. Microsoft outlines the new features in a recent blog post.
Starting next month, Microsoft Edge is part of the FastTrack Ready Partner program. This gives people more options to deploy and configure the new Microsoft Edge in their organizations. FastTrack has deployment guidance for eligible customers and also helps organizations make sure websites are compatible with the new Edge through App Assure.
Endpoint Data Loss Protection (DLP) is now available in public preview for Microsoft Edge. Microsoft highlights that Edge is the only browser that natively supports Microsoft Endpoint DLP. The tool mitigates data leakage and risks and also addresses regulation and privacy.
Microsoft Edge now supports Automatic Profile Switching. This features automatically opens work links with your work profile and personal links with your personal profile. With people working from home, the chances of using multiple accounts within a browser a higher than normal. With Automatic Profile Switching, you'll be prompted to switch profiles to make sure you open links with the correct profile.
On the mobile side of things, Microsoft is rolling out Collections to mobile devices. The feature allows you to add webpages, images, and more from across the web into collections that you can organize. The feature has been available on desktops for some time but is now available on the iOS and Android versions of Microsoft Edge.
Collections also gained the ability to attach notes to an item. Even if you rearrange an item within a collection, the note will stick with that item.
Microsoft also announced that Edge can listen to PDF files. Microsoft Edge already has a read aloud feature for websites, but it is now available for PDFs. Editing PDFs is also improved in Microsoft Edge. You can now save edits to a working PDF file instead of having to save a copy.
Lastly, Microsoft announced that Edge can now translate webpages into 54 different languages.
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