Microsoft working to build 'thoughtfully curated ecosystem' of Edge extensions

It's been a little over a year since Microsoft first launched extension support for its Edge browser with the Windows 10 Anniversary Update. In that time, the roster of extensions, featuring big names like LastPass and AdBlock, has steadily grown, but it's been a slow process, to say the least. But, as it turns out, that's a deliberate feature of Microsoft's plans for its extension ecosystem.

In a new blog post marking one year since the arrival of extensions, Microsoft says its slow pace is part of an overall plan to build a "thoughtfully curated ecosystem." That allows Microsoft to maintain a "high bar for quality" as it tests the reliability and performance of new extensions. From Microsoft:

We are extremely sensitive to the potential impact of extensions on your browsing experience and want to make sure that the extensions we do allow are high-quality and trustworthy. We want Microsoft Edge to be your favorite browser, with the fundamentals you expect – speed, power efficiency, reliability, security. Poorly written or even malicious add-ons for browsers remain a potential source of privacy, security, reliability and performance issues, even today. We want users to be confident that they can trust extensions in Microsoft to operate as expected.

Currently, Microsoft says the number of extensions available in the Windows Store has grown to more than 70. That roster will keep steadily growing, particularly as Microsoft improves its APIs to enable more powerful extension features. That's something Microsoft says it has been particularly focused on over the past year, and it has led to the release of new APIs for things like enabling communication between extensions and UWP apps.

Is there a particular extension you're still waiting for in Edge? Let us know in the comments!

Dan Thorp-Lancaster is the former Editor-in-Chief of Windows Central. He began working with Windows Central, Android Central, and iMore as a news writer in 2014 and is obsessed with tech of all sorts. You can follow Dan on Twitter @DthorpL and Instagram @heyitsdtl

  • Browsec, Mozbar, Keyword revealer, word count, seo quake etc.
  • In other words, developers are ignoring this like everything else MS tries.
  • I've heard devs say MS makes it very difficult for them to submit extensions. With this statement, it kind of makes sense then. 
  • how about providing APIs that don't require companies like Enpass to abandon their UWP app, in favor of an old desktop app. :(
  • That's something Microsoft says it has been particularly focused on over the past year, and it has led to the release of new APIs for things like enabling communication between extensions and UWP apps
    Reading is difficult I know 
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  • Another excuse for another fail. If google or apple introduce something new, every developer jumps on board. They can't be bothered with Microsoft anymore. Microsoft keeps making excuses. The one that bugs me most is that Nutella actually said there is no need for a third mobile OS. I am shocked by his stupidity since. Never have I seen so clearly that Windows as a whole and any product or service related is doomed.
  • Yeah only high quality... That's why there are two star extensions... Liars. Devs simply aren't submitting enough. This defense a total joke.
  • The thing is that not all the extensions are listed in the browser extension page like Grammarly etc. They should first do that then think about adding more. Like I use five extensions Enhancer fr youtube, ublock origin, ghostery, amazon assistant, Grammarly and all of them are there available but not all of them are listed.
  • All five that you listed are on the Extensions 'page' - where are you looking?
  • MS should focus on making Edge first secure. Without having a secure browser all the extensions in the world are worthless. At Pawned 2017 this year Edge was basically hacked at will. Penetrated over and over again.
  • Hola VPN :((
  • This is such a classic example of why Microsoft is such a failure in the consumer space.  They brought out Edge to replace Internet Explorer, and they have half-succeeded:  They have succeeded in driving IE's market share down, but Edge is stuck at 6%.  Why?  Because the user interface of Edge, which *everyone* who uses Edge has to use, is awful.  It's at least 5 years behind.  Microsoft is doing nothing about that, but they are flogging extensions, which are things that only geeks care about.  Microsoft simply cannot get out of its own way in the consumer space.
  • The Honey deals app extension would be amazing! 
  • Who still uses edge? It never lived up to its billing. I had high hopes for it, but really it's barely an improvement on Internet Explorer.
  • "Thoughtfully curated", meaning we can't get developers interested in the platform.