Microsoft Edge Stable makes it easier to navigate in full-screen mode

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What you need to know

  • A new Microsoft Edge update is rolling out to the Stable channel.
  • This update brings plenty of new features for collections, payment cards, and full-screen navigation.
  • The update is rolling out now as version 84.0.522.40.

The Microsoft Edge Stable channel gets updated roughly every six weeks, and it's time for a fresh release. Microsoft announced the launch today (opens in new tab), noting a bunch of new features that are now rolling out to Edge users. The most notable relate to improvements to the collections feature, along with better full-screen navigation, and much more.

Here's a full look at what's new in Microsoft Edge version 84.0.522.40:

  • This version of Microsoft Edge provides improved site list download times for Internet Explorer mode. We've reduced download delay for the Internet Explorer mode site list to 0 seconds (down from a 60-second wait) in the absence of a cached site list. We've also added group policy support for cases when Internet Explorer mode home page navigations need to be delayed until the site list is downloaded. For more information, see the DelayNavigationsForInitialSiteListDownload policy.
  • Microsoft Edge now allows users to sign-into the browser when it's "run as administrator" on Windows 10. This will help customers running Microsoft Edge on Windows server or in remote-desktop and sandbox scenarios.
  • Microsoft Edge now provides full mouse support when in full screen mode. Now you can use your mouse to access tabs, the address bar, and other items without having to exit full screen mode.
  • Online purchase improvement. Add custom nicknames to saved debit or credit cards. Now you can distinguish and differentiate your credit cards when making online purchases. Nicknaming your debit or credit cards lets you choose the correct card when using autofill to select a payment method.
  • TLS/1.0 and TLS/1.1 are disabled by default. To help discover impacted sites, you can set the edge://flags/#display-legacy-tls-warnings flag to cause Microsoft Edge to display a non-blocking "Not Secure" notice when loading pages that require legacy TLS protocols. The SSLVersionMin policy permits re-enabling of TLS/1.0 and TLS/1.1. This policy will remain available until at least Microsoft Edge version 88.
  • Collections improvements:
    • A note capability is added that lets you add a note or comment to an item in a collection. Notes are grouped together and stay attached to an item even if you sort the items in a collection. To try this new feature, right-click on an item and select "Add note".
    • You can change the background color of notes in collections. You can use color coding to help you organize information and increase productivity.
    • There are noticeable performance improvements, which lets you export your collections to Excel in less time than in previous versions of Microsoft Edge.
  • Additional Microsoft Edge API support:
    • The Storage Access API. This API allows access to first-party storage in a third-party context when a user provides a direct intent to allow storage that would otherwise be blocked by the browser's current configuration.
    • As privacy is becoming increasingly important to users, requests for stricter browser defaults and user opt-in settings like blocking all third-party storage access are increasingly common. While these settings help improve privacy and block unwanted access by unknown or untrusted parties, they can have unwanted side effects such as blocking access to content the user may want to view (for example, social media and embedded media content.)
    • The Native File System API, which means you can give sites permissions to edit files or folders via the Native File System API.
  • PDF improvements:
    • Read Aloud for PDF lets users listen to PDF content while carrying out other tasks that may be important for them. It also helps audio visual learners focus on reading the content, making learning easier.
    • PDF file editing is improved. Now you can save an edit made to a PDF back to the file instead of saving a copy each time you edit the PDF.
  • Microsoft Edge now enables Translation in the Immersive Reader. When a user opens the Immersive Reader view, they get the option to translate the page to their desired language.
  • DevTools supports customizing keyboard shortcuts to match your editor/IDE, which includes VS Code.

If you're already running Microsoft Edge as your browser, you can update to this build through the settings menu. Otherwise, the Microsoft Edge Stable channel is available to download from Microsoft's official website (opens in new tab). The Insider releases are also up for grabs from the Edge Insider website.

Dan Thorp-Lancaster is the former Editor-in-Chief of Windows Central. He began working with Windows Central, Android Central, and iMore as a news writer in 2014 and is obsessed with tech of all sorts. You can follow Dan on Twitter @DthorpL and Instagram @heyitsdtl

  • Last time I tried the Full Screen mode in Tablet Mode, I wasn't able to go out of it without turning off Tablet Mode. Said to press ESC but no keyboard was attached. Shame.
  • You can just "right click" or hold a spot to pop up the menu, click the unfullscreen button, and then continue as is.
  • It says "tap and hold" to exit full screen. Esc doesn't exit full screen even with a keyboard attached. Were you using old Edge perhaps? You managed to get into full screen without a keyboard
  • Any indication when Fluent Design will be added to the new Edge Browser for it to match the rest of the OS?
  • A few years after they announce a new design language probably
  • Lol true! But you have to admit Fluent looks cool.
  • Microsoft said Edge Chromium already follows Fluent Design, so they won't be adding transparency effects.
  • That's a shame. Not for the title but but menus would be cool.
  • Is there still no history sync support?
  • No History or Tab sync, apparently "this summer" whatever this means.
  • if it still closes all tabs automatically without warning if you accidentally touch the X in the upper right corner of the screen in Tablet Mode it's useless as a pocket on the back of your shirt. That's just the tip of the iceberg of New EDGE's unusability with the touch interface.
  • You can set Edge up to keep all tabs from your last session. Settings > On Startup > Continue where you left off. So if you close the browser (not just one tab) and restart, it'll have all the tabs you had open just before you closed the browser.
  • It'll close all tabs if you click the cross in either mode, because the cross is exit. It's been exist since Windows 95 25 years ago :-/ Can see you're commenting without trying. Chromium based browsers work great with touch. You pinch to zoom, go back and forward with a gesture and pull down to refresh.
  • "PDF file editing is improved. Now you can save an edit made to a PDF back to the file instead of saving a copy each time you edit the PDF." This one's a big deal. Finally! I found the PDF reader built-into Edge unusable before this. Actually, it's still unusable for inking. It doesn't even differentiate between touch and pen, and in any case you have to toggle ink mode and can't just start marking up the file. Plus, the rendering is still super slow. Still a long way to go.