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Microsoft Updates Roadmap for Microsoft Edge

Microsoft has updated its roadmap for Edge Chromium. PDF file navigation has been moved to 'Planned', and most of the New Tab page features were moved from 'Under Review' to 'Planned', giving us a possibility of getting them in March 2020. Also, an option to keep specific cookies when choosing to clear browsing data on close was moved from Planned to Planned for March..

The published roadmap includes the following items:

Status Feedback On this list for
Addressed Some users are unable to access any web page 3 weeks
Planned for March Provide option to keep specific cookies when choosing to clear browsing data on close 17 weeks
Planned for March Enable sync of installed browser extensions between devices 18 weeks
Planned for March Option to set a custom photo as the New Tab Page background photo 29 weeks
Planned for March Add an option to hide the Bing search bar on the new tab page 29 weeks
Planned for March Allow the search bar in the new tab page to be configured with other search providers 29 weeks
Planned for March Provide an option to set a custom URL for a new tab instead of showing the new tab page 29 weeks
Planned for Summer Enable sync of browsing history between devices 18 weeks
Planned Allow more top sites on the New Tab Page 1 week
Planned Highlighter tool for PDF files 3 weeks
Planned Enable navigation of PDF files via table of contents 4 weeks
Planned

(Learn more)

Edge cannot find devices to cast media 6 weeks
Planned Make Edge available on Linux 7 weeks
Planned Support read aloud of PDF files 7 weeks
Planned

(Join the discussion)

Add the ability to ink on web pages 19 weeks
Planned

(Join the discussion)

Provide different options for sorting favorites 29 weeks
Planned

(Learn more)

Support themes from the Chrome Web Store 29 weeks
Planned Provide an option to prevent auto-play of video and audio when you open a website 29 weeks
In Discussion
(Join the discussion)
Ask users if they want to close all tabs when they close a browser window 24 weeks
In Discussion
(Join the discussion)
Provide a transparent theme for the browser frame 25 weeks
In Discussion
(Join the discussion)
The address bar and its text are too big, and should be smaller like Chrome 27 weeks
In Discussion
(Join the discussion)
Bring the tab set aside feature from the current version of Microsoft Edge 29 weeks
In Discussion
(Join the discussion)
Update the user interface with the Fluent Design System 29 weeks
In Discussion
(Join the discussion)
Make tabs more square and less rounded, like the current version of Microsoft Edge 29 weeks
In Discussion

(Join the discussion)

Provide run / open / save / save as options when downloading files 29 weeks
In Discussion

(Join the discussion)

Bring the Ask Cortana feature from the current version of Microsoft Edge 29 weeks
In Discussion

(Join the discussion)

Bring the reading list feature from the current version of Microsoft Edge 29 weeks
In Discussion

(Join the discussion)

Bring the tab preview feature from the current version of Microsoft Edge 29 weeks
Not Planned Support mouse gestures for common actions like navigation and tab close 13 weeks
Not Planned

(View the discussion)

Allow sign-in to the browser with a Google account 23 weeks

Note:

And here’s the list of top “quality areas” that we’re actively working on in response to your feedback:

 

Bring more extensions to the extensions store
Edge should use less memory than it does
Edge should use less CPU than it does
Scrolling should feel smoother for web pages
Scrolling should feel smoother for PDF files
Opening a new tab is too slow
Update does not always work reliably

 

Here are definitions: 

  • Addressed – Changes to address this feedback are visible to all users in the Canary and Dev channels
  • Not Planned – Microsoft doesn’t currently plan to address this feedback, though it will continue to track it and reconsider our approach if needed.
  • Planned for… – Microsoft is working on this and currently plan for it to be addressed in the Canary channel before the end of the month indicated.
  • Planned - Microsoft has reviewed this feedback and have a plan to address it. However, it isn't ready to share a target time frame just yet.
  • In Discussion – Microsoft has reviewed this feedback and to learn more it has started a discussion about on Microsoft Edge Insider Forum.
  • Under Review – Microsoft is reviewing this feedback internally and does not have a plan to share at this time.
  • Quality Area – Microsoft will give extra weight to fixes and opportunities in this area. Microsoft is expecting you to report specific bugs and make specific asks.

 

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