Microsoft details new features coming soon to Edge

In the latest update to Microsoft Edge Roadmap, which is available on the official Edge Insider website, the company revealed new features and capabilities coming soon to the browser. Some of those features are already available in the Dev and Canary channels, while others are yet to arrive in future updates. Here are the most interesting additions on track to come this year. They include PDF, PWA, UI, notifications, and other improvements.

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Free form text boxes added to PDF documents – Edge 94, September 2021.

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Starting with version 94, we are support for adding free form text boxes to PDF documents that you can use to fill in forms and add visible notes.

Free form highlighting on PDFs – Edge 94, September 2021.

Starting in Microsoft Edge version 94, the PDF viewing and markup experience will be improved with the addition of freeform highlighters. This will allow you to highlight sections on PDFs that you may not have access to comment on as well as scanned documents.

Launch PWA instead of browser with URL links – Edge 97, Q1 2021.

Starting in Microsoft Edge version 97, you can opt into launching the browser in a PWA rather than the full native browser.

Tab Groups – Edge 93, July 2021.

The ability to categorize tabs into user-defined groups helps you more effectively find, switch and manage tabs across multiple workstreams. To enable this, we are turning on tab grouping beginning with Microsoft Edge version 93.

If you are running Edge Dev or Canary version 93, you can already enable Tab Groups in Microsoft Edge.

Hide the title bar while using Vertical Tabs – Edge 93, 2021.

Get the extra few pixels back by hiding the browser's title bar, while in Vertical Tabs. Starting with Microsoft Edge version 93, you can go to edge://settings/appearance and under the Customize Toolbar section select the option to hide the title bar while in Vertical Tab mode.

This feature is already available in preview versions of Microsoft Edge. You can learn how to hide the title bar in Edge using our dedicated manual.

Video Picture in Picture (PiP) from hover toolbar – Edge 93, September 2021.

Beginning in Edge version 93, it will become even easier to enter Picture in Picture (PiP) mode. When you hover over a supported video, a toolbar will appear that allows you to view that video in a PiP window.

Price history in shopping experience – Edge 94, September 2021.

Price History helps you decide whether now is the best time to purchase a product. You can now see price changes on products of your interest on Amazon.com and 9 other retailers, allowing you to have a quick, stress free shopping experience.

Notification from web apps show as coming from the PWA – Edge 94, September 2021.

Beginning with Microsoft Edge version 94, notifications from progressive web applications PWAs will no longer show as coming from Microsoft Edge, but rather will display the name of the web app instead.

Automatic translation for unknown languages – Edge 94, September 2021.

Starting in Microsoft Edge version 94, when you navigate to a page that displays in a language that is not one that you have set up as known, Microsoft Edge will automatically translate the content of the page to your primary language. We will then give you the option to return to the original page or disable further automatic translations.

Family Safety: Improved protection on sites such as youtube.com – Edge 94, September 2021.

Families using Microsoft Family Safety will soon see improvements to Content filters. Parents will also have more peace of mind knowing filtering settings for Allowed sites and Blocked sites will be improved for sites such as youtube.com to prevent children from navigating to videos that aren’t allowed.

Family Safety: Allow many EDU sites with a single click – Edge 94, September 2021.

Families using Microsoft Family Safety will soon see improvements to Content filters. When using “Only use allowed websites” mode, parents will see an option to add a list of educational sites to the allow list with one click.

Citation support added to Collections – Edge 95, October 2021.

Starting with Microsoft Edge version 95, we have improved the Collections experience, especially for students and researchers. Collections will start supporting citations and reading lists.

Although Microsoft provides target dates, they are approximate estimates and subject to change.

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