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Microsoft talks improvements coming to Edge browser in 2016

Microsoft has taken to a new blog post to describe improvements it is planning for the Edge browser and EdgeHTML, the engine that powers the browser, in 2016. A number of areas that the team discusses have been laid out before, but there are some interesting areas of note for developers. For example, there are a number of ways Microsoft is looking to improve the accessibility features of the engine in 2016, including:

  • Modernize our accessibility system to support HTML5 and CSS3 on Windows 10.
  • Enable HTML and Core Accessibility API mappings.
  • Provide Accessible Name and Description computation and API mappings.
  • Add accessible HTML5 controls and new semantic elements.
  • Improve high contrast support.
  • Modernize caret browsing and new input modalities.
  • Improve visual impairment readability, focus, and selection.
  • Deliver developer tools for building and testing accessible sites.

Likewise, Microsoft says it is working on areas of general fundamental changes that should improve performance, including isolating Adobe Flash as a separate process and pausing unnecessary content, better keyboard and scrolling performance and more. The company also says that extension support is well underway, with the intention

Finally, the team says it is working hard to implement a host new web standards into the browser's engine. One of particular interest is the FIDO 2.0 security standard, which Microsoft says will enable users to use Windows Hello to login to websites using the correct APIs.

For a much more in-depth look at where Microsoft is planning to take the Edge browser in 2026, be sure to check out the full blog post.

Source: Microsoft

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  • c:
  • I took it seriously for a sec when i read 2026 ._.
  • Haha lol Posted via the Windows Central App for Android
  • 2026? Sounds about right....lol
  • Me too. I just want them to work on the performance and the resources it uses. I counted almost 1GB of RAM on an i5 laptop(25%) with just a few new tabs opened from the news feed. And on my old PC it'd crawl to a stop with only 3 new tabs
  • Chrome is worse
  • I find that chrome running ad block, and having google bloat turned off, runs much smoother.........i don't understand why they had to get rid of the modern version of IE from W8.1.......it was the best tablet browser out there. Edge had potential, but until it can block ads, it's really a non starter
  • also performance is a big issue
  • Yeah. It consumes more ram compared to IE, for me. Don't know about others.
  • I still use IE. It's what I prefer along with Bing. Never lets me down.
  • MS have spoken the truth this time... We shall wait till 2026... :D
    Hope they don't miss their target date... Fingers crossed
  • They only promised a few things for 2015 and missed all those targets, now they are promisng to deliver all this in this year? 2026 definitely sounds about right....
  • 2026? That might be the first implementation of extensions... :P
  • Just let me save a site without a name to the bookmarks bar, this shouldn't be that difficult damnit. 
  • Or just two bookmarks with the same name..or deep folder management..or drag and drop of bookmarks..just anything there
  • This and other fundamentals.
  • I never know if the bookmarks actually saved. I don't trust Edge.
  • Let me know when Lastpass works in Edge
  • This is veeeerry satisfying to read considering it's still February.
  • Taskbar actions will come 2018. 2017 address bar will return. 2019 ad blocking.
  • Taskbar actions? What's that?
  • What's the point? Edge had been out for awhile and Chrome is still gaining market share at its expense. I'm not sure if extension support will help. Posted via the Windows Central App for Android
  • The point is to make Edge better. Edge is still a baby compared to Chrome, Firefox, or Internet Explorer.
  • Edge should have been released when it was complete. Now it's just a better IE version that nobody cares about.
  • Android isn't finished. Or do you think Android 6.0 Marshmallow is the last version of Android? iOS isn't finished. Chrome isn't finished. Windows 10 isn't finished. If you want Microsoft to wait to release something until it's "finished" you'll be waiting a very long time. Edge was released when it was ready and it's been steadily improving since, which is expected of an immature web browser.
  • I think the point is that bringing something new to market shouldn't be this incomplete. Extensions have been used for years now, prior to the development of Edge. Why not include that right away? 
  • Chrome was also extremely incomplete and back then, nobody seemed to care about that. Probably because it was Google. Lots of people are actually being a little bit hypocrit when it comes to Edge claiming that it was "incomplete" on launch yet they where one of the first to jump on Chrome when it was almost litterally just an addressbar with tabs back in the early days, and it's not like extensions didn't exist back than.
  • What Android lacks? And Chrome? And iOS? Everyone in the feedback app knows what Windows 10 Mobile and Edge lacks.
  • Probably because, even with extension support on Edge, Chrome is MILES better. Edge is nothing but Internet Explorer with a facelift. And just like people with facelifts, everyone knows what's underneath.
  • Edge is actually a complete rewrite. There was no carry over from IE.
  • SHHH don't throw logic at google fanboys.
  • It doesn't matter, they advertise it with Windows 10 and try to push it on the user while it isn't complete. It really doesn't perform any better or worse than IE but it sure uses a lot more resources. It is not a good experience which means the 200 million Windows 10 users will most likely not come back to it thinking it's the typical IE. Like they say, you only get one chance to make a good impression.
  • You are one of the most ignorant people that I heard today. Way do you say that? Do you have any prof about that? Posted via the Windows Central App for Android
  • You mean metro ie although it seems ie11 has edge user agent causing more harm then good
  • How about having the ability to use adblock.
  • That would be extension support. Read the article.
  • "with the intention......................" Even Windows Central left us hanging Posted via the Windows Central App for Android
  • Proper tracking protection is against nadella-google business model.
  • What are you talking about? He asked about ad block, which works on Chrome, which is owned by google.
  • Well google or not. This feature I don't care who owns it as long as I can block ads from anywhere on the internet that I pay access for that I don't want to see.
  • Don't bother fixing the '2026' typo, I'm sure ultimately it will end up being accurate.  
  • In a few years we will have locked down desktop OS while Nadella refuses to believe that App Store can succeed only mobile first.
  • Lol only an os the mpaa/riaa could love. As it is xb1 has problems ignoring DHCP'd ipv6 DNS even when set to static. So I had to dig into the routers ipv6 firewall to block it on xb1
  • Hahaha best comment
  • Lol. Funny business.
  • Incomplete sentence "with the intention"... We can finish that sentence for you; ...with the intention to donate a goat to a small African village everytime a developer ports their extension using beta bridging tools (US only).
  • Awesome! :-)
  • ^ This is the best comment!! Hahaha!
  • With the intention of what?
  • Edge has a long way to go to be as functional as Chrome (hell it's even less functional than IE9 I reckon). When it catches up with Chrome I might switch back
  • The best thing about Edge: Ask Cortana. The worst thing about Edge: unlike IE 11, Edge doesn't fricken remember the last place it was open and the dimensions of the windows. Every time I open it, it opens up in full screen on the first monitor, whereas IE remember I have it sized about 1/3 of the screen, somewhat placed near the top left corner of the second monitor. It seems trivial, but it is really annoying to have to manually resize and drag the Edge window every single time I open it. Other things it needs: 1. jump lists, 2. option to put tabs on the right of the address bar rather than on top of it, 3. a static address bar when you open up a new tab (other than the current monstrosity that appears as a search box and then magically jumps itself up to the URL box), 4. move the X-to-close from the top right to the top left when you Ctrl + F, 5. better icons (seriously, the Favorites one should not look like that).
  • What is Cortana?
  • Wow!
  • SERIOUSLY!! Cortana works across your day and your devices to help you get things done. By learning more over time, Cortana becomes more personal and useful to you. Cortana’s also best at reminders, delivering them at the right time and place so you forget less and can do more. Posted via the Windows Central App for Android
  • And if cortana isnt available in his region, he would know this how?
  • I mean, unless he's a brand new Windows central reader, which is possible, WC hasn't exactly ignored everything to do with cortana...your have to miss a good number of articles to not know who she is. Posted via the Windows Central App for Android
  • A functional back button please. Let me choose the page I want to go back to.
  • Already there in the last build.
  • More like Cortana gets dumber the more I use her. She used to remind me to leave for my appointment early due to traffic and time to get there, now she doesn't remind me of anything not even the appointment.
  • Anyone notice the blog post mention nightly builds, and then link to the Insider Blog? Could that mean Fast Ring will become a daily release?
  • I certainly hope not. Then we'll all have to listen to the people with capped data connections ask how big each update is and moan and complain that a 3GB download only contained two new features.
  • Eh, that would be on them to get out of the fast ring at that point. No one is forced to be part of it
  • No, but if that is Microsoft's plan then they need a middle ring to fill the gap between "almost daily" and "never".
  • Presumably yes, either that or speed up the Slow Ring a little (which may be feasible considering they will probably get more feedback more often with nightly builds.
  • Lol & those 256mb updates to xb1
  • Private mode in mobile.
  • There already is.
  • Where :-o
  • Enter the tab menu and tap the ... button.
  • They are doing od "high-tech" stuff but normal things don't work!!! Add block support! Drag and drop for bookmarks! Edge is unusable as a daily browser...
  • I use it just fine as a daily browser. No complaints here Posted via the Windows Central App for Android
  • They also mentioned web notifications that would integrate with the Action Center.
  • This could be awesome if it turns into something that developers use and is available on mobile (big ifs). I was just thinking about what MS could do with the mobile web to make the app gap less painful.
  • Extension support? I want to use LastPass with Edge!
  • Read the article?
  • Seriously, I can wait til 2026.
  • Coming soon in 2017....   where is webm support.....still coming soon...
  • Drag and drop attachments to emails please!
  • Cool stuff! Thank goodness that Microsoft is finally, finally taking web seriously.
  • Just bring themes and extensions. And yeah also change the font to what Chrome uses and I'm aboard.
  • Not using it anyway
  • No mention of extentions. :P
  • Actually, having a swipe forward gesture/button, less battery drain and word flow on mobile would be enough for me. Don't need the stuff mentioned in the article, lol.
  • ^what he said!
  • "Adobe Flash as a separate process" Please, this. I use Firefox now, in part, because I can crash Flash to stop ads. That, and when's the widespread add-on support coming? That it isn't even mentioned in this for 2016 is bothersome.
  • I use the flash block add-on for this. Also I do think this is in the plan - I read it in the WMPU post on the same subject.
  • Use better privacy add-on to remove those stubborn flash cookies.
  • It's a non-starter until we get extensions. Everything else is meaningless. 
  • Unless you're someone like me who doesn't need extensions for anything as long as the OS or browser already offers it... Adblock? OS hosts file. Reading view? Already in Edge. Password manager? Already in the OS to some extent through optional password syncing and autocompletion with your MS account. I still think extensions are good but personally I don't need them
  • Even with extensions without complete fundamental web browser features that even IE have, Edge is still just as half-baked as it is now. Even dragging tabs is clunky in Edge.
  • I can't wait until flash is completely gone!
  • Before anything else I need extensions and speed
  • Gestures plz
  • Metro IE11 browser on my win8.1 tablet is the best. Adressbar at the bottom and now they moved it up in edge and removed swipe gestures haha Don't know what's MS thinking, sometimes I think they must have good drugs in Redmond. Weed legal there? Posted via the Blackberry VKB on my LG Flex 2
  • Windows Hello on Websites would be amazing, is one of the things that would win me over to Edge. The other is extensions.  
  • Edge able to load in a roaming profile would be a useful fix.
  • Swipe to go backward & forward
  • Edge is basically unusable on mobile. Drives me insane how slow it is, and all the weird things it does. Then I try Chrome on a Nexus 5x and it just works.
  • Hey and what about extensions?
  • Wait, wait, wait! 2026 or 2016? Lol!
  • No mention about gesture support? MS is lost. Win 10 is as bad an experience for touch as Win8 was for desktop. This Edge is an embarrassment. Should never have been released. MS continues to release downgrades as upgrades. When Ford releases a new car, ot doesn't ask consumers to indulge them for a few years as they work out the kinks with the breaks and steering wheel. It's supposed to be a step FORWARD. The existing features aren't supposed to be dialed back.
  • 60% of the time I try to run MS EDGE, nothing happens, other than a plain blue screen... I can kill the process and run Google Chrome with NO ISSUES... Sometimes it takes 3 to 4 reboots to Finally get MS EDGE to run... BUT 40% of the time MS EDGE will lock up after starting. I opern Task Manager, but I do not see any processes running that could cause issues with MS EDGE. Typically there are about 100 Backgrond Processes Running, but the CPU is usually at about 5 -10% - Memory at 47% - Disk at <5%
  • Can we expect it (Edge browser) to arrive on Android? Posted via the Windows Central App for Android
  • If they want my attention, they must first fix their horrible favorites manager and also SINGLE SPACE the list of favorites in desktop mode. The double space and quad space options are rubbish.
  • Without extensions, they really should just shoot this thing and fork webkit