Microsoft has updated its official features roadmap for Microsoft Edge. The roadmap lists lots of new features coming to Microsoft Edge in the month of March. Top new features include Vertical Tabs, PDF text selection improvements, new autofill features, new extension menu on address bar and much more.
Here is the official list of “rolling out” Microsoft Edge features headed to the stable channel in March 2021. Microsoft is planning to release Microsoft Edge version 79 to stable channel in March.
- Improve productivity and multi-tasking with vertical tabs: As the number of horizontal tabs grows, site titles start to get cut off and tab controls are lost as each tab shrinks. This interrupts user workflow as they spend more time finding, switching, and managing their tabs and less time on the task at hand. Vertical tabs let users to move their tabs to the side, where vertically aligned icons and longer site titles make it easier to quickly scan, identify and switch to the tab they want to open. Vertical tabs also make it easier to organize several tabs, by providing more space to quickly multiselect, close and reorder tabs. When users want to focus and see more of the web while using vertical tabs, they can always collapse the pane, and simply hover to expand it whenever they want to interact with a specific tab.
- Policies to control whether to allow extensions from other stores and block external extensions: With Microsoft Edge version 89, Enterprise admins will be able to decide whether their users can install extensions from stores other than the Microsoft Edge Addons website. They will also be able to block external extensions from being installed.
- “Disable developer mode extensions” warning can be permanently dismissed: Beginning with Microsoft Edge v.89, you can turn off the warning “Disable developer mode extensions” by clicking on the ‘Don’t show this again’ option.
- Improvements to text selection experience within PDF documents: Users will begin to get a smoother and more consistent text selection experience across PDF documents opened in Microsoft Edge starting with version 89.
- Date of birth field now supported in autofill: Today Microsoft Edge helps you save time and effort while filling out forms and creating accounts online by auto filling your data like addresses, names, phone numbers etc. Beginning with version 89, we are adding support for another field that you can have saved and auto-filled – date of birth. You can view, edit and delete this information anytime in your profile settings.
- New print rasterization mode for non-PostScript printers: Starting with Microsoft Edge v.89 a new policy exists that controls how Microsoft Edge prints to non-PostScript printers on Windows. Sometimes print jobs on non-PostScript printers need to be rasterized to print correctly. The print options are Full and Fast.
- Additional lockdown capabilities available for kiosk mode: Starting with Microsoft Edge version 89, we have added additional lockdown capabilities within kiosk mode to enable customers to get the job done in a productive and more secure experience.
- Additional page scaling options for printing: With Microsoft Edge v.89 users will be able to customize scaling while printing webpages and PDF documents with additional options. The ‘Fit to Page’ option ensures that the webpage or document is fit into the space available in the selected ‘Paper size’ for printing. The ‘Actual size’ option would ensure that there are no changes in the size of the contents being printed irrespective of the ‘Paper size’ selected.
- Extend autofill suggestions to include content from clipboard: Clipboard content is parsed when you click on a profile/address field (phone, email, zip code, city, state, etc.) to show as autofill suggestions.
- Manage your extensions right from the address bar: The all-new extensions menu on the address bar will allow you to hide/pin extensions easily. The quick links to manage extensions and find new extensions will make it easy for you to find new extensions and manage your existing ones.
- Single sign-on (SSO) for all windows accounts for those using the default Microsoft Edge profile: Beginning in Microsoft Edge v.89, we will provide single sign-on (SSO) with all windows accounts in the default Microsoft Edge profile for users that have one profile. If users choose to separate profiles, we will isolate SSO to only the profile’s signed in account.
The roadmap has “in development” new features that are being tested in Dev and Canary channels. The new features marked as “rolling out” will be available for those in Beta channel and will roll-out to stable channel eventually.