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Microsoft Edge gets Startup boost, Vertical Tabs & history hub; Bing gets new search features this month


Microsoft has listed new features coming to Microsoft Edge and Bing. Microsoft Edge is getting features like Startup boost, Vertical Tabs, a new hub experience to search, open and manage history. Bing will get faster and richer search experience.

You can read the new features coming to Microsoft Edge and Bing in detail below.

Microsoft Edge new features:

  • To make tab management and organization easier, vertical tabs is now generally available this month. Now everyone can view and manage their tabs from a pane on the side with a single click. This allows you to clearly see the tab titles and controls, making it easier to find and switch between the tabs you need, regardless of how many you have open. Pair this with sleeping tabs and you get a browser built for more performance at lower power!
  • This month, we’re excited to bring a more efficient way for you to quickly access and manage your history without losing context of the page you’re on. Now when you go to history, it will open as a lightweight dropdown from the toolbar instead of opening the full page view in settings. This means that you can easily search, open and manage your history without navigating away. If you want it to stay open, you can pin it to the side. Go to “…” and select History or use the keyboard shortcut CTRL + H to try it out.
  • Startup boost maximizes your computer’s performance by significantly reducing the time it takes to open the browser after a device reboot or reopening the browser. This new feature rolling out this month powers faster browser launches after you reboot your device and when relaunching Microsoft Edge. Initial tests show startup times improve from 29% – 41% percent with this feature. Startup boost will be automatically enabled this month and you can access your browser settings menu to personalize Microsoft Edge even more.

New Bing experiences:

  • One of our goals is to deliver a search experience that moves beyond a static set of results. One way we’re doing so is to update our search result pages so that they adapt to intuitively highlight the content you’re engaging with as you go. For instance, with people cooking from home more than ever, we’ve heard many mention that they are overwhelmed by the sheer amount of recipe options online, and frustrated by recipes hidden below long introductions and ads. To help with that, we’ve released an updated recipes experience that extracts and aggregates the most relevant recipes content and presents it in a single view on the search results page. This view shows recipe pictures along with high-level information like calories per serving and user reviews.
  • Another part of our vision for modern search is to thoughtfully aggregate information for more detailed topics, and to design the page in such a way that you can quickly find what you’re looking for. Our goal is to provide both style AND substance. For example, you can search for broad topics like “Kenya” or “giraffes”. Results for these move beyond a dense summary of text results and blue links, and aggregate the top text and visual results into an infographic-inspired experience. Curiosity piqued? Click off to sites that contain more detail or explore other related topics.
  • Another feature that showcases this design approach is our local answers, which can help if, for example, you’re trying to stay close to home and want to be a tourist in your own hometown. Search for things like “things to do in Seattle” or “Eiffel Tower”, and you’ll get aggregated information from a variety of sources. Instead of just a single carousel of images, or just a text summary of one aspect of what you’ve searched for, you will now see a comprehensive overview of the topic – inclusive of Bing Maps, top images, visitor reviews, and more – so in a single view you can learn more about the area and focus on whatever is of interest to you. This experience is flighting and will be fully available in the US in coming weeks.
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