Microsoft ads links to Office web apps to Edge New Tab page

Microsoft Edge has got  a set of links to Office apps and Microsoft 365 web services on the New Tab page. There is an app launcher button that opens a new flyout with a set of links to web apps.


A similar feature exists in Google Chrome, which allows accessing Google's web apps right from the new tab page. Now Microsoft Edge users are receiving the same menu, but with the company's very own services.

The change is already available in the Canary branch of Edge (see the list of actual Edge versions below).

Once you click on the app button on the New Tab page, Edge will open the following menu:

Ntp Office

It includes links to web versions of Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, Calendar, OneDrive, OneNote, To Do, and Skype.

The "All apps" link reveals more apps, including Bing, MSN, Privacy, and Rewards.

Microsoft is now using the New Tab page to make its own services more discoverable for the end user, and to provide a faster way to open them for existing Microsoft 365 users.

Actual Edge Versions

Download Microsoft Edge

You can download pre-release Edge version for Insiders from here:

Download Microsoft Edge Insider Preview

The stable version of the browser is available on the following page:

Download Microsoft Edge Stable

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, Linux (coming in the future) and mobile apps on iOS and Android. Windows 7 users will receive updates until July 15, 2021.

You will find many Edge tricks and features covered in the following post:

Hands-on with the new Chromium-based Microsoft Edge

Also, see the following updates.

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Author: Sergey Tkachenko

Sergey Tkachenko is a software developer who started Winaero back in 2011. On this blog, Sergey is writing about everything connected to Microsoft, Windows and popular software. Follow him on Telegram, Twitter, and YouTube.

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