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Microsoft Edge update makes tabs fab with support for tab groups

Microsoft Edge Update Dev New
Microsoft Edge Update Dev New (Image credit: Daniel Rubino / Windows Central)

What you need to know

  • Microsoft Edge 93 is now available in the Stable channel.
  • The update brings the option to hide the title bar when using vertical tabs.
  • Edge 93 also brings support for tab groups.

Microsoft Edge has an update that brings it to version 93. The update includes support for tab groups, the option to hide the title bar when using vertical tabs, and a handful of other features and changes. Edge 93 also lets people hover over a supported video to have a toolbar appear for picture-in-picture videos, but the feature is only an option on macOS at this time.

Here's everything that's new in Microsoft Edge version 93.0.961.38:

  • Initial Preferences in Microsoft Edge. Microsoft Edge now supports a limited number of Initial Preferences (formerly Master Preferences). IT admins can deploy these settings as default before the browser is run for the first time by their users. Additional information here: Configure Microsoft Edge using Initial Preferences settings for the first run.
  • IE mode on Microsoft Edge will support "no-merge" behavior. For an end-user, when a new browser window is launched from an IE mode application, it will be in a separate session, similar to the no-merge behavior in IE11. You will need to adjust your site list to configure sites that need to prevent session sharing as "no-merge". Behind the scenes, for each window of Microsoft Edge, the first time an IE mode tab is visited within that window, if it is one of the designated "no-merge" sites, that window is locked into a different "no-merge" IE session from all other Microsoft Edge windows at least until the last IE mode tab is closed in that window. This follows previous behavior where users could launch IE with no-merge and could also launch Microsoft Edge without no-merge via other mechanisms. Additional information here: IE mode troubleshooting and FAQ | Microsoft Docs
  • New policy to stop implicit sign in. The ImplicitSignInEnabled policy allows system administrators to disable implicit sign-in on Microsoft Edge browsers.
  • Policies to bypass ClickOnce and DirectInvoke prompts. We have updated our policies to enable bypassing ClickOnce's prompts and DirectInvoke's app for specified file types, from specified domains. To do this, you will need to:
  • Enable ClickOnceEnabled or DirectInvokeEnabled
  • Enable AutoOpenFileTypes policy and set the list of specific file types that ClickOnce and DirectInvoke should be disabled for
  • Enable the AutoOpenAllowedForURLs policy and set the list of specific domains that ClickOnce and DirectInvoke will be disabled for.Note: AutoOpenAllowedForURLs is a supporter policy for AutoOpenFileTypes. If AutoOpenAllowedForURLs is not set and AutoOpenFileTypes is set, then file types listed will automatically open from all URLs.
  • Tab Groups. We are turning on tab grouping which provides the ability to categorize tabs into user-defined groups and helps you more effectively find, switch and manage tabs across multiple workstreams.
  • Hide the title bar while using Vertical Tabs. Get the extra few pixels back by hiding the browser's title bar, while in Vertical Tabs. Now you can go to edge://settings/appearance and under the Customize Toolbar section select the option to hide the title bar while in Vertical Tab mode.
  • Video Picture in Picture (PiP) from hover toolbar. When you hover over a supported video, a toolbar will appear that allows you to view that video in a PiP window. Please note: this is currently available for Microsoft Edge users on macOS.
  • Removal of 3DES in TLS. Support for the TLS_RSA_WITH_3DES_EDE_CBC_SHA cipher suite will be removed. This change is happening in the Chromium project, on which Microsoft Edge is based. For more information, navigate to the Chrome Platform Status entry. Additionally, in Microsoft Edge version 93, the TripleDESEnabled policy will be available to support scenarios that need to preserve compatibility with outdated servers. This compatibility policy will become obsolete and stop working in Microsoft Edge version 95. Ensure that you update affected servers before then.

It's been a busy week for Microsoft's browser. Edge Dev recently made the jump to version 95, and Edge Beta is now on version 94. The release of Edge 93 on the Stable channel is likely the most significant news, as it brings new features to people who aren't testing early versions of the browser.

Sean Endicott
Sean Endicott

Sean Endicott is the news writer for Windows Central. If it runs Windows, is made by Microsoft, or has anything to do with either, he's on it. Sean's been with Windows Central since 2017 and is also our resident app expert. If you have a news tip or an app to review, hit him up at sean.endicott@futurenet.com.

6 Comments
  • 93 also includes the flag to enable the 11 style fluent title bar.
  • "Tab Groups. We are turning on tab grouping which provides the ability to categorize tabs into user-defined groups and helps you more effectively find, switch and manage tabs across multiple workstreams." Sounds awesome.
  • This is a really awesome feature! There is an ability to collapse the tabs as well and you can drag the whole group to another window or tear from the main window.
  • You can also color coordinate tab groups I believe.
  • Yeah, you can assign color to the tab groups which is neat for organizing tabs. I think once I get to use this and integrate this to my workflow, it will be hard to move to another browser without one. Though this is a Chromium feature as well, so other Chromium based browser like Google Chrome have this as well. Well this is an especially useful feature that I think every modern web browser must have one.
  • Is anyone else seeing issues with PDFs with this release? Everyone at my company is complaining that, when they download a PDF from a page, they see the animated downward pointing arrow, but the PDF never opens. They have to find it in their downloads folder to open it.