On April 13, 2021, Microsoft released fresh cumulative updates for all supported Windows versions. Besides tons of fixes and security improvements, these updates permanently remove the now unsupported Edge Legacy. More and more users switch to Edge Chromium; thus, Microsoft wants to help newcomers discover new features. As a part of these efforts, the company introduced a new welcome experience in the Edge browser. Those who launch the new Edge for the first time will see this page with a brief explanation of how the browser works and what benefits it brings.
A new welcome page splits between different sections highlighting different aspects of Microsoft Edge: shopping, productivity, protection, performance, and accessibility. Also, there is a "Learn more" page that leads users to the official website with tips and tutorials. Each tab describes several unique features in Microsoft Edge, such as collections, Immersive reader, coupon finder, etc.
If you are curious to see how this interactive page looks and works, you can open it using this link.
It is worth mentioning that the new welcome page is not the only addition to the browser that makes discovering new features and capabilities easier. Microsoft is also working on a new Assistance hub that provides tips and tricks on how to make good use of all the available features. While some find this change cluttering Edge with unnecessary things, but those who to the browser might find the Assistance hub and the new welcome page really helpful. You can learn more about how to enable the Assistance hub in Microsoft Edge using this link.
In addition to April 2021 cumulative updates, Microsoft yesterday released a new Edge Dev build with several improvements and new features. Password Monitor is now available to all users, and you can now open the History, Favorites, Downloads, and other management pages by middle-clicking or ctrl+clicking their respective buttons on the toolbar. Read more about this update here.
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