Microsoft introduced Windows 11 last month and has been previewing the new platform ahead of a fall launch. While many aspects of the Windows experience received changes, little was said about Microsoft Edge. Maybe that has to do with the cross-platform nature of the browser. Still, Microsoft does have plenty planned for the Edge in the coming months.
In fact, by time Windows 11 launches fully this fall, the platform's native web browser will have plenty of shiny new toys. We already discussed Pickle Clipboard APIs, a new system that allows apps to create file formats in a pickling format, provided developers implement the API.
In basic terms, it means users will be able to copy and paste complete custom formats on Windows, Mac, and any other platform that has Edge or Chrome.
However, that is not all we can expect from Microsoft Edge in the coming months. Microsoft's browser tends to move fast through updates and features now that it runs on Chromium. That is what the three preview channels (Canary, Dev, and Beta) are for. So, what is coming to preview soon?
Well, Microsoft has updated its What's Next roadmap for Edge, and there's a lot in the pipeline. Here are some of the new features that are worth talking about:
- Launch Edge in a Progressive Web App (PWA) (Edge version 97)
- Free-form text boxes for PDFs (Edge version 94)
- Smart shopping displays price histories for 10 retailers (Edge version 94)
- Citations and reading lists in Collections (Edge version 95)
- Automatic translation for unknown languages (Edge version 94)
- PWA notifications will show the parent web app name (Edge version 94)
- Title bar hide feature for Vertical Tab mode (Edge version 93)
- Initial preferences in Edge for enterprise (Edge version 93)
- Family safety content filter upgrades (Edge version 94)
- Categorize tabs via custom tab groups (version 93)
While Microsoft has discussed some of these changes, they are still not available on the full Edge experience. That will change in the coming months as many features move from in-development to available.
Tip of the day: Do you know that Windows 10 allows creating PDFs from basically any app with printing support? In our tutorial, we show you how this works via Microsoft Print to PDF and Bullzip PDF Printer to save a PDF from any app, even with advanced options like adjusted quality, multi-page printing, and password protection.