Microsoft has announced an update for Microsoft Edge on Windows 11 that allows members of the Windows Insider Program to preview upcoming features directly through the stable version of the browser. This eliminates the need for Insiders to install separate pre-release channels, such as Beta, Dev, or Canary, to test new functionalities.
In-App Preview Feature Activation
To access these early features, users who are part of the Windows Insider Program's beta and dev channels can now utilize a new toggle switch found on the “About Microsoft Edge” section within the browser's settings. Once switched on, the stable version of Edge will begin to incorporate beta updates, effectively transforming it into the beta version of the browser without necessitating a separate installation.
Microsoft says that the toggle option for previewing Microsoft Edge releases early will only be visible to users enrolled in eligible Windows Insider Program channels. The “feature is being slowly and carefully rolled out to the WIP Beta and Dev Release Channel to ensure the best user experience. Due to this, not all qualifying users will receive the feature at this time”, the company adds.
Opting Out and Future Prospects
For users who wish to revert to the standard experience, the process is simply a matter of deactivating the toggle. Doing so also ensures that upon exiting the beta or dev channels of the Windows Insider Program, they will be automatically unenrolled from the feature testing with the upcoming stable release of Edge.
The inclusion of this new feature-testing mechanism directly within the stable release channel enhances the flexibility for enthusiasts to explore forthcoming innovations within Microsoft Edge. It also indicates Microsoft's ongoing commitment to involving its user base in the development process, ensuring feedback and optimization are addressed before a wider public deployment.
As per Microsoft's support documentation, a phased introduction will take place, ensuring that all eligible Windows Insider participants will eventually have access to the early feature testing within the stable version of Microsoft Edge.