Microsoft’s Edge browser is getting better privacy controls, an Internet Explorer Mode, collections for organizing web research, and even a Mac version. Microsoft announced these features at Build 2019, where it also announced a new Windows Terminal.
These features are coming to the new version of Edge based on Chromium, which forms the basis of Google Chrome. Microsoft released beta builds of Edge with a Chromium engine just under a month ago. Despite being a beta, it’s a pretty solid browser. Microsoft does benefit from underlying work that comes with Chromium, but the company is working hard to leave its mark on the browser. That fact is evident with new upcoming features announced today: collections, a better privacy dashboard, built-in Internet Explorer for Enterprise users, and a Mac version of the browser.
Collections Are Like OneNote for Your Browser
Collections help with web research. You can quickly grab pictures and text from multiple tabs and pull all the information together in one place. Once you’ve gathered the data, you can view it in Edge, export it to Word or Excel, send the collection as an email, or copy its contents to the clipboard so you can use it in any other application.
The Privacy Dashboard Provides Easy Controls
Every site is tracking your browsing habits, and many companies continue to monitor you even after you leave that company’s website. It’s hard to tell when that’s happening, and if you don’t like all that tracking, you have to delve through plenty of settings to prevent as much of it as you can.
Edge’s upcoming Privacy Dashboard aims to solve just that problem. With it, you’ll choose from three levels of tracker blocking: strict, balanced, and unrestricted. All three levels block malicious tracking, but the different options may block or allow trackers and ads from websites you have and haven’t visited. On Balanced mode, for example, Edge will block trackers from sites you haven’t visited but will allow show ads from sites you’ve visited.
OMG The new @MSEdgeDev Privacy Tracker is incredible.
I'm blown away at how we can deliver these features to customers to control their data, built in, Zero Excuses.
— Sean (廖肖恩) in 🇨🇭 (@TheLarkInn) May 6, 2019
Enterprise Users Get Built-In Internet Explorer
Internet Explorer isn’t a browser most people should be using, but some organizations still need it around. For Enterprise users, Microsoft says it will build IE directly into Edge. If your workplace has an old web application that requires Internet Explorer, you currently have to open IE just for that website and use another browser, like Chrome or Edge, for other websites.
In an upcoming build of Windows 10, Enterprise Users can rely on Edge alone. When the browser detects a site that listed as only working in Internet Explorer, it will automatically open Internet Explorer mode in an Edge tab and display the site correctly. No need to switch browsers, or remember what browser to use.
Edge for Mac is Coming
Microsoft wants to be everywhere. Just look at the number of apps it’s created for both iPhone and Android for proof. Browsers are no exception, and making the jump to Chromium means Edge can fairly easily be delivered for Mac. If you prefer to use one browser across all your platforms, soon you’ll be able to use Edge on Windows, iPhone, iPad, Android, and macOS.
The company didn’t show much today, but the few screenshots it provided looked comparable to what we’ve seen in Windows 10. And, as we know, Microsoft is even bringing the new Edge to Windows 7.
Unfortunately, everything announced today is “coming soon.” But, whether you’re a home user or someone who has to support Internet Explorer in a workplace, all these features look promising.