Edge Chromium: Block Third-party Cookies for InPrivate Mode, Extension Access to Search

Microsoft is actively working on their newest Chromium-based Edge browser. It is a version that shares almost nothing common besides the name with the UWP/Metro Edge browser. The apps comes with extra features added by Microsoft, like Bing Translator, Microsoft Account, and a few of Microsoft's very own features like Read Aloud, Reading View tweaks, and more. Today's Canary build includes a number of privacy improvements.

Starting in Edge build 79.0.304.0, the app comes with the following changes.

Block Third-party cookies in InPrivate Mode

A new toggle switch has been added to the new tab page in InPrivate mode, allowing you to quickly turn on or off blocking of third-party cookies.

Edge Privacy 4 Block Third Party Cookies Option

When such cookies are blocked, a shield icon appears in the address bar, informing the user what is going on.

Edge Privacy 2 Third Party Cookies Blocker

Extension Access to Search, New Tab Page, and Home Page

A new option has been added to privacy options of the browser, allowing you to restrict or grant access to Search, New Tab page, and Home page for extensions. When enabled, extensions will be able to change your default search, the New Tab page appearance and features, and replace your Home page.

Edge Privacy 3 Extensions Can Change Search Ntp

New Sync Option

Finally, there is a new Sync option in Settings that allows you to sync (or do not sync) your open tabs between devices connected with the same Microsoft Account.

Edge Privacy 1 Sync Open Tabs

As you may already know, 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.

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.

Thanks to Leo and André!

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