Microsoft Editor now available in Edge Dev and Canary without needing an extension

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What you need to know

  • Microsoft Editor now integrates directly with Microsoft Edge Dev and Canary.
  • Previously, people had to use an extension to access Microsoft Editor on Edge.
  • The initial release of this feature is only available for Insiders in the United States.

Microsoft is testing out spelling and grammar suggestions powered by Microsoft Editor in its Edge browser. The feature is available now in Edge Dev and Canary for Insiders in the United States. Before this integration, people had to use the Microsoft Editor extension to get spelling and grammar suggestions in the browser.

"When we launched the chromium version of Microsoft Edge last year, we heard from users that they want to utilize the Microsoft Editor extension," says Microsoft. "We partnered with our friends on that team to get an updated extension onto our Edge Add-ons site, but today we're excited to announce the implementation of spellcheck and grammar suggestions from Editor directly in the browser without the need for the extension!"

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When the feature is enabled, people will see red squiggly lines for spelling errors and blue squiggly lines for grammar suggestions. People can then click to see suggestions from Microsoft Editor, which they can ignore or accept.

Since the Microsoft Editor extension was already available for Edge, the ability to check grammar and spelling in the browser isn't exactly new. But integrating the feature directly with the Edge browser makes it a bit easier to set up and use.

Microsoft explains that it's working on expanding the feature and requests that people share feedback through Edge.

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5 Comments
  • So, the Editor extension is no longer necessary in versions of Edge that include it? Does having the extension still present cause any conflicts?
  • I'll have to test having them both on the same browser. I imagine that you should disable one of them, but I can't say for sure.
  • I disabled the Extension in Edge Dev and sure enough, the Editor functions are still working. Seems it doesn't matter either way, but if the extension is unnecessary now, might as well remove it, right?
  • ohh nice... time to cancel Grammarly - especially since the editor finally works in google docs and other places where it suffered
  • With all those features built in, its becoming the monster it was born to destroy.