Microsoft has made the Vertical Tabs feature available to Dev and Canary channel users of Microsoft Edge. Earlier available as an experimental feature, it is now accessible to everyone.
Recently, Microsoft has added the vertical tabs option to the Edge browser. It is an alternative layout of the tab row, where the tabs are arranged vertically. There is also an option to collapse the tab bar, so tabs turn into website icons. For users who prefer the classic horizontal tab row, Microsoft has added the option to remove the vertical tabs button to save the space.
The vertical tabs change is one of the most exciting additions to the Edge user interface. Most Chromium-based browsers do not allow customizing the tab row. The only browser that allows you to place tabs on any desired edge of the browser window is Vivaldi. Firefox used to have such an option, but this is no longer possible with its modern versions, due to the radical changes internally made to the user interface of Firefox.
In the official announcement made today, Microsoft noted that vertical tabs 'preview' now available in the Canary and Dev channels. The company recommends the user to try the following things.
- Reorder and manage multiple tabs at once: Select multiple tabs at once by holding down either Ctrl or Shift and clicking on the tabs you want to manage. From here, you can reorder the tabs, drag them into a new window, or even close, refresh, duplicate, pin, or mute them all at once.
- Mute noisy tabs: Quickly silence tabs playing audio in the background by clicking on the speaker icon . This makes it easy to mute noisy tabs without leaving the tab you’re on.
- Pin your favorite tabs: Do you frequently rely on certain websites? Right-click on the tab and select pin to move it to a dedicated section at the top of the tab list so the site is always just a click away. Edge will even remember your pinned tabs across browser sessions
You can switch between the traditional and vertical tab layouts on the fly with a button in the window frame.
Microsoft Edge is now a Chromium-based browser with a number of exclusive features like Read Aloud and services tied to Microsoft instead of Google. The browser has already received a few updates, with support for ARM64 devices in Edge Stable 80. Also, Microsoft Edge is still supporting a number of aging Windows versions, including Windows 7, which has recently reached its end of support. Check out Windows Versions Supported by Microsoft Edge Chromium and Edge Chromium latest roadmap. Finally, interested users can download MSI installers for deployment and customization.
For pre-release versions, 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. Microsoft is going to support Edge Chromium on Windows 7, 8.1 and 10, alongside macOS, upcoming Linux and mobile apps on iOS and Android. Windows 7 users will receive updates until July 15, 2021.
Actual Edge versions as of today
- Stable Channel: 86.0.622.51
- Beta Channel: 87.0.624.18
- Dev Channel: 88.0.673.0
- Canary Channel: 88.0.682.0
You can download pre-release Edge version for Insiders from here:
The stable version of the browser is available on the following page:
Note: Microsoft has started delivering Microsoft Edge to users of Windows via Windows Update. The update is provisioned for users of Windows 10 version 1803 and above, and replaces the classic Edge app once installed. The browser, when delivered with KB4559309, makes it impossible to uninstall it from Settings. Check out the following workaround: Uninstall Microsoft Edge If Uninstall Button is Grayed Out