We have come to know that the Microsoft Edge browser, a Universal app intended to replace Internet Explorer in Windows 10, has partial extension support included in build 11082. Although the feature is broken, it is interesting that Microsoft finally started implementing it.
Extensions are a must-have feature for any modern browser. Every mainstream browser supports them except Edge. Microsoft Edge began as a barebones browser with no features whatsoever and no extension support. This was a huge disappointment for even those users who prefer a simplified UI. Due to this, it is hard to recommend Edge to anyone for general browsing. It is missing 99% of the features that the feature-rich Internet Explorer has.
Microsoft has finally decided to change things and add the much requested extension support. In Windows 10 build 11082, Edge has some code to support browser extensions. It has some references in the Registry and its DLL files. The Extension pane can be enabled but is not functional:
There is no way to get it to work. Credits for this discovery go to WalkingCat.
It is not news actually that Edge will have extensions support. Earlier, Microsoft had announced that extensions will be in Edge but won't be supported in Windows 10 RTM.
Will you use the Edge browser if it gets extensions? Or are you already using it? Tell us in the comments. Personally I use Mozilla Firefox because it is feature-rich, cross-platform, supports extensions and has a great deal of customization.
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8 thoughts on “Microsoft Edge has extension support in Windows 10 build 11082”
Ce navigateur Edge a tellement de retard qu’il me faudra pas mal de temps avant qu’il devienne mon navigateur par défaut.
A moins que celui-ci évolue très rapidement:
– gestion des favoris plus rapide
Heh, if you ask Microsoft, they will tell you to use Synchronization via OneDrive and Microsoft Account. Extensions will come, and it has some bookmarks AFAIK.
Anyway, personally I prefer to stay with Firefox. It is just useful. Also, I doubt that all add-ons available for Firefox will exist for Edge. Time will tell.
Why would MS put out something that is not working and they know it is not working? This is one reason I am trying to find a way to officially remove myself from the Windows Insider Group.
Right now I use Chrome because of its wonderful extension support, quickness, customizations, ease of use, and syncing of user profiles via the cloud. Edge appears to be even quicker than Chrome, and is a native app which is a plus. I prefer to use what is built into the OS rather than download other applications. Once Edge can load extensions, and I believe it will run Chrome extensions, and these extensions should be synchronized through my Microsoft Account, then I will probably use Edge. The less I am required to do with OS installs, the better it is for me.
One note: Edge is NOT a native app. It is a Universal app, which is built on top of Windows Runtime, which appears to be .NET framework based.
Edge is just useless as it is now; even if it supports extensions in the (near ?) future, I’ll stay with my usual browsers (Cyberfox x64 and SRWare Iron x64) and keep Edge as a reserve browser only …
Like IE, it will serve for you to download other browsers only :)
I think it could be a serviceable browser for tablets, once it has decent extension support. Its flash performance actually isn’t bad on older hardware too. I’ll be sticking with Firefox for the foreseeable future on my desktop and laptop though.