Edge Dev Hero 2020 NewfeatureSource: Daniel Rubino / Windows Central

What you need to know

  • Microsoft Edge Canary has an experimental feature that makes it easier to share websites.
  • Chrome Canary has had the same feature for some time, but it only recently rolled out to Edge Canary behind a flag.
  • The Sharing Hub has options for copying links, creating QR codes, sending a site to another device, saving a page, and casting the site to another device.

Microsoft Edge Canary has a new experimental feature that allows you to share a website quickly. The feature is called the Edge Sharing Hub, and it's currently hidden behind a flag. Once you've enabled the flag, you'll see options for copying the link of a site, creating a QR code, sending a site to another device, saving a page, and casting to another device.

The feature was spotted on Reddit by Leopeva64-2. There are actually two experimental features related to the Sharing Hub, but in my testing, the flag for "Desktop Sharing Hub in App Menu" doesn't seem to work. Instead, I enabled the "Desktop Sharing Hub in Omnibox" option to see the menu below.

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Edge Experimental Sharing BoxSource: Windows Central

The menu is a bit buggy in its current state, which is to be expected for an experimental feature on a preview version of an app. I have to hover over each option to make text appear. Once I've done that, the menu appears to work.

I was able to create a QR code for a page and share a website in other ways. Sending a site from my PC to my phone didn't work, but I don't think that's related to the menu itself.

The same feature has been available on Chrome Canary for some time but didn't roll out to Edge Canary until recently.

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Edge Canary allows you to test out upcoming and experimental features for the browser. A new experimental feature for the browser brings a new sharing menu.