A few months back we reported that uBlock Origin was coming to Microsoft Edge. The popular alternative to Ad Block and Ad Block Plus used less CPU and memory and was ported by Nik Rolls as an open source side project.
During its development uBlock Origin for Edge was a GitHub project where users had to sideload the extension. This task required manual updates and a constant re-enabling making the extension a lot of work for users. Microsoft later contacted Nik about bringing it to the Store officially and with their assistance the project has finally reached its goal.
Starting last night, uBlock Origin is now available to all with a simple one-click in the Store. The Edge version shares 95% of the same code as the Firefox and Chrome versions. Nik gives Microsoft credit saying "the Edge team have done a great job of matching compatibility with Chrome's APIs."
Not all is perfect, as Nik still has some fixes he still needs to get out and hopes some of you can help via the app's Feedback Hub. He also asks devs for assistance at the fork's depot. You can read more about Nik's experience with the extension at his blog.
Pro Tip: If you choose to use uBlock Origin on our site at least disable EasyList in the settings as the service incorrectly block elements that will interfere with logging in, posting and viewing of some items on our site. Of course, you could also whitelist our site and not hurt our revenue stream that pays our writers.
Overall, it's great to see uBlock Origin arrive. Not only do big label apps get support but Microsoft did well here in reaching out to Nik to get this done.
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Daniel Rubino is the Editor-in-chief of Windows Central, head reviewer, podcast co-host, and analyst. He has been covering Microsoft since 2007 when this site was called WMExperts (and later Windows Phone Central). His interests include Windows, laptops, next-gen computing, and for some reason, watches. Before all this tech stuff, he worked on a Ph.D. in linguistics, watched people sleep (for medical purposes!), and ran the projectors at movie theaters because it was fun.