Microsoft ships new Edge Dev channel build, details PDF reader feature roadmap

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What you need to know

  • A new Microsoft Edge Dev channel build is now rolling out.
  • This week's build includes several improvements and fixes.
  • Microsoft also outlined its feature roadmap for Edge's PDF reader.

Another weekly update for the Microsoft Edge Dev channel is rolling out today. This week's build doesn't contain much in the way of new features, but there are plenty of fixes and improvements. Most notably, this build includes the option to import Edge Legacy data on demand.

Here's a look at all of what's new and improved in build 85.0.545.0:

  • Added the ability to import data from Edge Legacy on demand.
  • Fixed an issue where opening websites from shortcuts that have been pinned to the Taskbar sometimes results in a crashed webpage.
  • Fixed an issue where entering payment card info on webpages sometimes leads to a crash when the offer to save the payment card info to the browser is shown.
  • Fixed an issue where attempting to add items to a Collection sometimes crashes the webpage.
  • Fixed a hang when exporting a Collection to Excel.
  • Fixed an issue where signing into the browser with a personal account sometimes fails.
  • Fixed an issue where attempting to save a webpage into favorites while in Immersive Reader sometimes fails.
  • Fixed an issue where attempting to cast media to certain devices like Xboxes fails.
  • Fixed an issue where DolbyVision content doesn't play properly.
  • Fixed an issue where the Global Media Controls flag from upstream Chromium was removed.
  • Fixed an issue where a checkbox was removed that allows a payment card stored in MS Pay to be saved to the local browser.
  • Fixed an issue where PDFs with certain non-English letters aren't read correctly with Read Aloud.
  • Fixed an issue where PDFs with certain non-visible characters aren't read correctly with Read Aloud.
  • Fixed an issue where Edge's autofill suggestion popups sometimes cover popups that are created by websites filling in forms.

This build is rolling out as an update for the Edge dev channel now. For more on this release, you can check out Microsoft's full blog post.

In addition to the new Dev channel build, Microsoft also outlined several features for the Edge PDF reader that are in the works. The roadmap doesn't give us a timeline for when the features will be implemented, but it's an interesting look at how Microsoft is looking to build out the PDF reader in future builds. Here's a look at what's on the roadmap:

  • Smoother scroll experience: We are bringing the smooth scroll of Legacy Edge to the modern browser.
  • Table of Contents: You will soon be able to view the contents of PDF files and navigate through the file with the same.
  • Highlight mode: In this mode, you will be able to create highlights directly by selecting text, without the need of clicking on a highlight button.
  • Text notes: With this, you will be able to add their own notes to text in PDF files. These notes will travel with the PDF.
  • Protected PDF files: Microsoft Information Protection adds a layer of security to your documents. It ensures that only the users who have certain permissions as view, copy, annotate can take those actions on the file. Hence, no matter where the document goes, the data of your organization remains secure.
    • Viewing labels of protected files: You will soon be able to view the sensitivity labels
    • Viewing MIP files protected in other tenants: This will enable you to view the files protected in other organizations, or in other tenants in the organization.
  • Digital signatures: View and validate certificate based Digital signatures on signed files.
  • Accessibility improvements: With this, you will be able to fill PDF forms using screen readers, and navigate through PDF documents using caret mode.

If you have yet to try out one of the Edge insider builds, you can pick up the latest Canary, Dev, and Beta channel builds at the Edge Insider website. The release version of Microsoft Edge is also available to download at the official Edge site.

Dan Thorp-Lancaster

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