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Microsoft Edge gains 'search by voice' option for some people

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

What you need to know

  • Microsoft Edge is gaining a 'search by voice feature.'
  • The feature has appeared for some people on the Stable version of Edge.
  • Search by voice is part of a controlled rollout, so you might not see it at this time.

A new option to search with your voice on Microsoft Edge is rolling out to some people. The feature was spotted by people on a Tech Community (opens in new tab) forum and appears to be available for some people on Edge version 87.0.664.75 and higher (via OnMSFT). You might not see the feature yet as it's part of a controlled rollout.

With the new feature, people can search the web with their voice rather than with a mouse and keyboard. To use the feature, you just click on the microphone icon and speak. After you've initiated a search, the results will appear in a different tab. If you prefer to use a keyboard shortcut, you can use the Win + K command to bring up the voice search box.

Source: Shawn on Microsoft Tech Community (Image credit: Source: Shawn on Microsoft Tech Community)

The feature has appeared for some people on the Stable version of Microsoft Edge, so it doesn't seem to require the Canary or Dev versions of the browser. That being said, since it's part of a controlled rollout, so you might not have it yet, regardless of which version of the browser you're running. Some in the Tech Community forum post have seen the feature in the Stable version of Edge but not Canary.

Sean Endicott
Sean Endicott

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7 Comments
  • Works great! Good to know this is now live for some.
  • I have it. There is a female voice that responds back for the majority of your requests. Not the same voice actress who voices Cortana. Very smooth. Ask for the current weather to hear what I am referring to
  • I'm not cool enough to have the feature yet, but I'll try it out when it appears. Is it the same voice as the natural AI voices that you can use with the Read Aloud feature?
  • Very similar. Smoother though
  • "I'm not cool enough to have the feature yet" Dude just show them your dog.
  • MS should just put a mic icon in every textbox. If you can type into it, you should be able to voice impute too.
  • Why would they have not just kept Cortana for this type of thing?
    So many MS decisions. So many "why"'s.