Microsoft Edge 84.0.495.2 hits the Dev Channel

Microsoft has released Edge 84.0.495.2 to the Dev Channel. The release is notable for 4 new features, which are actually minor changes to the browser.


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What's new in Microsoft Edge 84.0.495.2

Added features

  • Added the ability for Guided Switch to offer to switch to personal profiles instead of just work or school profiles.
  • Added a keyboard shortcut (Alt+Shift+R on Windows) to show the options bar in Immersive Reader.
  • Added support for SmartScreen to block potentially unwanted apps that are downloaded as ClickOnce or DirectInvoke applications.
  • Added the ability for developers to debug Edge instances that are running in headless mode.

Improved reliability

  • Fixed an issue where right clicking the back/forward buttons to open the Travel Log crashes the browser.
  • Fixed an issue where clicking on the link on the History management page to clear browsing data crashes the browser.
  • Fixed an issue where attempting to Share multiple times in quick succession sometimes crashes the browser.
  • Fixed an issue where Edge installation on Mac sometimes hangs.
  • Fixed an issue where the first IE mode tab in a window sometimes hangs on its initial navigation.
  • Fixed an issue where browser sign in fails because the sign in dialog sometimes doesn’t appear.
  • Fixed another issue where random renderer processes sometimes have high, consistent CPU use.

Changed behavior

  • Fixed an issue where pasting into text fields on webpages sometimes doesn’t work.
  • Fixed an issue where Edge’s Taskbar shortcut sometimes disappears.
  • Fixed an issue where apps appear in the … > Apps menu that shouldn’t.
  • Fixed an issue where the website info flyout isn’t correct in Immersive Reader.
  • Fixed an issue where certain address fields can’t be left empty when editing an address saved in Settings even though they should be able to be.
  • Fixed an issue where the on-screen keyboard sometimes dismisses other popups when it shouldn’t.
  • Fixed an issue where the URL shown in Immersive Reader is the webpage’s original URL instead of one specifying that reading mode is currently active.
  • Fixed an issue where the link to review security settings on the Sync settings page goes to the location for personal accounts even when signed into the browser with a work or school account.
  • Fixed an issue where Collections exported to Word sometimes don’t have the language set properly.
  • Fixed an issue where Guest window tabs appeared as “InPrivate” in the browser Task Manager.
  • Fixed an issue where the Find on Page popup sometimes doesn’t appear when using Shy UI.
  • Fixed an issue where the username displayed on the Privacy Settings page is sometimes a lot of 0’s.

Known issues

  • Users of the Kaspersky Internet Suite who have the associated extension installed may sometimes see webpages like Gmail fail to load.  This failure is due to the main Kaspersky software being out of date, and is thus fixed by making sure the latest version is installed.
  • Some users are seeing favorites get duplicated after we made some previous fixes in that area. The most common way this is triggered is by installing the Stable channel of Edge and then signing into it with an account that has already signed into Edge before.  Fixing this should be easier now that the deduplicator tool is available.  However, we’ve also seen duplication happen when running the deduplicator on multiple machines before either machine has a chance to fully sync its changes, so while we wait for some of the fixes we’ve made to come to Stable, make sure to leave plenty of time in between runs of the deduplicator.  We hope that this will be improved now that version 81 is released to Stable.
  • After an initial fix for it recently, some users are still experiencing Edge windows becoming all black.  Opening the Browser Task Manager (keyboard shortcut is shift + esc) and killing the GPU process usually fixes it.  Note that this only appears to affect users with certain hardware and is most easily triggered by resizing an Edge window.
  • Some users are seeing “wobbling” behavior when scrolling using trackpad gestures or touchscreens, where scrolling in one dimension also causes the page to subtly scroll back and forth in the other.  Note that this only affects certain websites and seems to be worse on certain devices.  This is most likely related to our ongoing work to bring scrolling back to parity with Edge Legacy’s behavior, so if this behavior is undesirable, you can temporarily turn it off by disabling the edge://flags/#edge-experimental-scrolling flag.
  • There are some issues where users with multiple audio output devices sometimes don’t get any sound from Edge. In one case, Edge becomes muted in the Windows Volume Mixer and unmuting it fixes it.  In another, restarting the browser fixes it.
  • At certain zoom levels, there is a noticeable line between the browser UI and the web contents.

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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