Microsoft Details Edge Chromium Roadmap

Since the launch of Microsoft Edge Chromium, the company is actively collecting users' feedback for the browser. Today, Microsoft shared a detailed roadmap for the Edge browser. Here are the features we can expect in the near future in the newest Microsoft Edge Chromium.

As you may already know, Microsoft Edge, the default web browser of Windows 10, is moving to a Chromium-compatible web engine in the Desktop version. Microsoft explains that the intention behind this move is to create better web compatibility for customers and less fragmentation for web developers. Microsoft has already made a number of contributions to the Chromium project, helping to port the project to Windows on ARM. The company promises to contribute more to the Chromium project.

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Microsoft has prepared the following roadmap for the browser, keeping in mind the collected feedback.

September 2019

Planned to be addressed in the Canary channel in September 2019:

  • An option to prevent auto-play of video and audio when you open a website
  • A round of improvements to scrolling experience, with more (including performance) to come down the line
  • The addition of a favorites button to the toolbar, to provide quicker access to favorites

October 2019

Planned to be addressed in the Canary channel in October 2019:

  • Inking on PDFs
  • When you sign-in to the browser, your sign-in profile picture will accurately be kept up to date.
  • When you have more than one profile, better handling for opening links and attachments in the appropriate profile.
  • An option to set your own photos as the background image on the New Tab Page
  • Enable search in the extensions store
  • A bug fix for users who receive an “Administrator Mode Detected” notification (advising them to close and relaunch the browser in non-administrator mode) each time they launch Edge
  • ClickOnce deployment of Windows applications from web pages

The following feedback requests are under review by the team:

  • Feature requests for the New Tab Page, including the capability to turn off the news feed, to hide the Bing search bar, to change the search provider, to rename tiles, and to support Dark Theme
  • Bring back features from the current version of Microsoft Edge such as tab set aside, tab preview, "Ask Cortana", and the reading list
  • Make it easier to share web content with other users and apps
  • Provide an option to set a custom home page
  • Update the user interface with the Fluent Design System, including less rounded tabs
  • Support themes from the Chrome Web Store
  • Allow sign-in to the browser with a Google account
  • Provide different options for sorting favorites
  • Provide run / open / save / save as options when downloading files

Finally, Microsoft is working on improvements and fixes in the following areas and invites you to join testing and provide your feedback.

  • Edge should use less memory and CPU than it does
  • Scrolling should feel smoother, both for web pages and PDFs
  • Update does not always work reliably
  • Drop-down menus in some web pages are not working.

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.

2 thoughts on “Microsoft Details Edge Chromium Roadmap

  1. chesscanoe

    “The actual pre-release versions of Edge Chromium at the moment of this writing are as follows: Beta Channel: 76.0.182.16” is already out of date. The Edge beta I installed 2019-08-20 on Microsoft Windows [Version 10.0.18362.295] is at 77.0.235.9 (64 bit).

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    1. Sergey Tkachenko Post author

      At the moment of writing it was not available yet.

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