Microsoft recently announced Windows 10 Insider Preview Build 16215 for Insiders on the Fast Ring. This build unlike earlier builds sprinkled a lots of new features and fixed some issues along the way too. Microsoft Edge being the recommended browser for Windows 10 also contributed to some of the newly introduced features.
One of the top additions is the ability to Pin individual websites to the taskbar area of the desktop. With this feature, when browsing your favorite website, you can simply hook the web address to the taskbar area, just like pinning apps Mail, File explorer etc. Each webpage can then be recalled with the bookmark icon or the favicon of the website.
Here’s how it works:
- Simply select Pin this page to the taskbar from the … menu in Microsoft Edge.
- A website icon appears on the taskbar. Clicking on the icon opens up the webpage right in to Microsoft Edge.
This comes in very handy if your browsing habits do not change over long periods of time. What this means is if you are a frequent YouTube consumer, you should be able to pin the website for easier and faster access.
Other new features include Full Screen mode and Book or EPUB annotations.
Microsoft has now formally announced the hidden full screen feature in Microsoft Edge. Simply, pressing the F11 key on your keyboard pushes the app to run in full screen, for best reading and content consuming experience. You can also click the new Full Screen icon in the Settings menu to take your websites full-screen. To exit Full Screen view, press F11 again, or click the Restore icon in the top-right corner.
Tip: You can also activate Full screen view by pressing Shift + Win Key + Enter in combination.
With Microsoft Edge, it is now possible to annotate EPUB Books by highlighting in four colors, underlining, and adding comments. Since Edge supports EPUB book reading, select some text, and choose an option from the menu.
To add notes as you read, select text, tap or click the Add a note button and add your note.
To edit or delete your note, click the Edit your note button.
- Microsoft Edge’s splash page (seen when newly launched) so that the color transitions more smoothly to the Start and New Tab pages.
- PDF improvements: We’ve added more highlight colors and the option to Ask Cortana in PDFs in Microsoft Edge.
- We’ve added an option to “Add tabs to favorites” from the right-click context menu on tabs. Using it will create a Favorites folder with all the sites open in tabs in the current window.
- New tabs will now animate more smoothly onto the tab bar when opened and closed.
- We’ve improved session restore behavior so that when a multi-window Microsoft Edge session is restored by clicking on a link (for example, from an email), the window in focus at the end of restoration is the one containing the new link.
Do let us know your favorite feature from the bunch in the comments below.