Edge 80.0.361.5 Hits the Dev Channel with Native ARM64 Builds

Microsoft is releasing a new build of Microsoft Edge Chromium for users of the Dev channel. Besides new features and general improvements, the Dev channel now includes builds for the ARM64 platform.

For ARM enthusiasts, Microsoft are bringing native ARM64 builds to the Dev channel today.  These builds have been in Canary for the last few weeks, and most of the issues were resolved during that time.  There’s still one known issue though:  certain DRM video on some websites doesn’t play properly.

Also, Microsoft mentions a short post about some of their work on the Mac touch bar.

Finally, here are some new features that are planned for upcoming Edge builds.

Upcoming Edge Features

  • One of them is what we’re calling the “pinning wizard”. It will occasionally pop up from your Task Bar and suggest top websites from your history to pin directly to the Task Bar as installed websites.  It can also be used at any time from … > More tools.
  • For users of high contrast themes in Windows, Edge now supports high contrast themes as well! It will follow the theme you’ve chosen in the OS Settings and brings us back to parity with the support offered in Edge Legacy.
  • And for users of Immersive Reader (formerly known as Reading View), Microsoft have greatly expanded the number of color themes you can choose from. Many of these are specially designed to reduce eye strain and increase reading comprehension.

The favorites sync feature is still disabled for the majority of users.  This includes brand new machines you install Edge on, so if you’re setting up Edge for the first time and want access to your favorites, you’ll need to manually export your favorites to a file on a different machine and import them on the new one.  Microsoft is also working on a deduplication mechanism once favorites sync is re-enabled, which should prevent new duplicates from coming in as well as remove duplicates for users who have already had their favorites duplicated.

Added features:

  • Added support for Dolby Vision playback.
  • Enabled users of Windows Mixed Reality to view 360° videos on VR headsets.

Improved reliability:

  • Fixed a crash when opening certain PDFs.
  • Fixed an issue where clicking on the Feedback button crashes the browser.
  • Fixed a browser crash for users of Collections.
  • Fixed a crash when closing the browser.
  • Fixed an issue where typing passwords into password fields sometimes causes a tab crash.
  • Fixed a crash when playing the Surf game.
  • Fixed an issue where certain websites don’t load properly.
  • Fixed an issue where Netflix playback fails for certain videos with error D7381.

Changed behavior:

  • By request, favorites folders are now yellow.
  • Updated Adobe Flash to version 32.0.0.303.
  • Fixed an issue where PDFs that fail to save for some reason end up failing silently instead of showing an error to the user.
  • Fixed an issue where the font dropdown in Settings doesn’t work.
  • Fixed an issue where the search engine can’t be edited because the Save button doesn’t work.
  • Fixed an issue where the current display language can be removed from Edge even though it shouldn’t be.
  • Fixed an issue where Edge installations on Azure Active Directory domain-joined machines get signed into the wrong account on first run.
  • Fixed an issue where some webpages aren’t able to be translated, and instead show an error saying that the source language and target language are the same.
  • Fixed an issue where Learn More links clicked during the First Run Experience open in tabs hidden behind the FRE instead of in a dialog above it.
  • Fixed an issue where navigation to certain websites in IE mode sometimes fails.
  • Fixed an issue where adding an item to a Collection sometimes doesn’t load the image properly and instead shows the loading spinner forever.
  • Fixed an issue where pasting items from one Collection into another doesn’t paste them in the correct order.
  • Fixed an issue where dragging and dropping an image into a Collection sometimes results in the wrong link being saved.
  • Fixed an issue where feedback screenshots sometimes don’t work properly on Mac.
  • Fixed an issue where the keyboard shortcut for saving a PDF doesn’t work on Mac.
  • Fixed an issue where desktop notifications are broken on Windows Insider builds.
  • Fixed an issue where Edge sometimes fails to automatically update on Windows Insider builds.
  • Fixed an issue where uninstalling and reinstalling Edge sometimes results in it no longer being able to launch on Windows Insider builds.

Known issues:

  • Navigation in new tabs sometimes fails, either showing an error that the connection is closed, or crashing the tab. In some cases, subsequent navigations in the tab are okay.
  • After an initial fix for it recently, some users are still experiencing Edge windows becoming all black. UI popups like menus are not affected, and opening the Browser Task Manager (keyboard shortcut is shift+esc) and killing the GPU process fixes it.
  • Highlighting text in the address bar then clicking on webpages sometimes causes black-on-dark text when the browser is in Dark Theme.
  • The Settings page appears too big/zoomed in on certain machines.
  • Some users are still not seeing Collections being enabled by default on Canary and Dev. For users who want to try Collections, enabling the flag at edge://flags/#edge-collections should still work to turn on the feature.
  • There are some issues where users with multiple audio output devices sometimes don’t get any sound from Edge. In one case, Edge becomes muted in the Windows Volume Mixer and unmuting it fixes it.  In another, restarting the browser fixes it.
  • At certain zoom levels, there is a noticeable line between the browser UI and the web contents.
  • Jumplist entries are not consistent between the Start Menu and the Task Bar for some users. We believe this is due to the shortcut on the Start Menu not getting migrated properly after an Edge update and are working on a fix.  Additionally, after getting the update for the new icon, there are still places on the Start Menu, for example when searching, that still show the old icon. Other places like the Task Bar may be able to be fixed by un-pinning and then re-pinning any Edge shortcuts that already exist there.

Microsoft Edge Channels

Microsoft is currently using three channels to deliver updates to Edge Insiders. The Canary channel receives updates daily (except Saturday and Sunday), the Dev channel is getting updates weekly, and the Beta channel is updated every 6 weeks. The stable channel is also on its way to users. You can find the actual Insider Preview versions at the end of this post. The stable version of Microsoft Edge is expected to be released on on January 15, 2020.

Actual Microsoft Edge Versions

The actual pre-release versions of Edge Chromium at the moment of this writing are as follows:

I have covered many Edge tricks and features in the following post:

Hands-on with the new Chromium-based Microsoft Edge

Also, see the following updates.

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