Microsoft has published a new blog post that mentions the key changes done to the Edge browser in August 2020. The post opens a new What’s New in Web Experiences series that the company promises to post every six months, along with major Edge releases. The announcement also mentions a number of changes made to Bing, Teams, and News.
Microsoft notes the following important changes made to the browser.
Collections adds “Send to OneNote” and is now also available on mobile (iOS and Android)
One of the useful and exciting features of the Chromium-based Microsoft Edge browser is Collections. Collections allow you to organize your links into topics and quickly organize, export, and manage them. Finally, Microsoft Edge on iOS and Android now supports collections. Users can now export their Collections to OneNote. Besides OneNote, there are also options for Excel and Word. This feature must be already familiar to Dev and Canary Edge users.
The mobile version of Edge comes with a number of options for Collections. You can collapse bar that lets you access the Collection contents or go full-screen.
Family Safety on Android
It is now possible to create creating a family group using Microsoft Edge on Windows 10, Xbox One and on Android. When your kid signs into Microsoft Edge on Android as a member of a family group, you now get the same protection as you do on Windows 10 and Xbox One:
- Get activity reports on what websites your kids visit and the search terms they enter on their phone or tablet. Visit family.microsoft.com to see these activity reports, or use the Microsoft Family Safety app on your phone.
- Create customizable lists of allowed and blocked sites, so you can control the content your kids see in Microsoft Edge. Kids can also ask you for permission to view a site directly from Microsoft Edge.
- Have peace of mind since Bing SafeSearch is automatically set to Strict for maximum protection and content filtering. Microsoft Edge also automatically blocks certain adult websites to help protect your kids from mature content.
- Have full control knowing sign out in Microsoft Edge is only granted by the organizer, and InPrivate browsing is automatically blocked to help your kids stay safer while they use Microsoft Edge.
Picture Dictionary in Edge Immersive Reader
A new feature, Picture Dictionary, is available in Immersive Reader, and displays a small descriptive image for a selected word, giving visual definition. It provides a picture representation of a word on any web page to help increase comprehension.
Built-in PDF reader adds highlight and screen reader support
When opening a PDF in Microsoft Edge, you can now use the highlighter tool to the PDF toolbar. It supports five colors.
Other changes made to Edge and other products
- Microsoft Edge is expanding support for encrypted sync to additional Microsoft 365 educational accounts
- The Microsoft Math Extension for chatbot in Teams, powered by Bing, helps students learn on their own by interacting with a chatbot to solve complex math problems. It works by entering math problems in the form of photos, drawings, or typed numbers into Microsoft Teams. After that you get a response with step by step solutions and rich learning content.
- Microsoft has integrated parent teacher associations (PTA) into Give with Bing so the points you earn for searching on Bing can be seamlessly donated to the PTA of your choice.
- The “available nearby” filter has been added to the Shopping tab on Bing.
- Microsoft News has got support for Live Tiles, video hub and weather cards.