What's coming next in Microsoft's open-source browser — Chromium-based Edge

The integrated Internet Explorer tab can be used to provide compatibility for legacy Web applications

This is the same code used by Edge's biggest rival, Google's Chrome web browser.

Additionally, the browser will have three privacy modes: Unrestricted, Balanced and Strict.

Many people welcomed this news, as it meant that Microsoft could allow Edge to use numerous features Chrome has.

Edge felt surprisingly stable when I trialed the browser last month, and the addition of Chromium add-ons puts it miles ahead of the current version. Users will thus be able to configure Edge with pre-defined privacy profiles suggested by Microsoft, and these include settings for trackers and cookies.

Kidding aside, this seemingly minor feature is exceptionally important, for example, if your employer has mission-critical custom software written for ActiveX or NPAPI (for use with oh, say, core Microsoft products like SharePoint), both of which have been deprecated in modern browsers for security reasons.

Lastly, Microsoft introduced a feature called Collections to help organize and share web content, including integrating it into existing Office projects. So Edge was choking on some websites that work fine on those other browsers. Depending on which option you pick, Microsoft Edge adjusts how third parties can track you across the web giving customers more choice and transparency for a more personalized experience.

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With the Internet Explorer mode, people can view and use those websites and apps correctly. It could be a useful tool for students and researchers (not to mention reporters), who often have to juggle dozens of tabs at once.

Microsoft confirmed that these features will be coming to the new Microsoft Edge browser but we don't know as to when the company will push them to the public.

As Build 2019 is a developer conference, it's no surprise that Microsoft also had a few reveals designed for web developers.

Apparently, Fluid Framework will allow multiple people to create and edit web pages and documents "at a speed and scale not yet achieved in the industry". "We're ensuring they'll see the same compatibility in the Edge browser without additional work".

Mac users hungry for an alternative to Chrome and Safari will be interested to hear Satya Nadella revealed a macOS version of the new Chromium-based Edge at Build.

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