Microsoft Edge browser gains shared tabs and more security features
Google Chrome remains by far the the most dominant web browser used today, but that hasn’t stopped Microsoft Corp. to do everything possible to persuade more people to try his Device Browser In place.
In fact, Microsoft continues to add new features to its flagship browser even today. To Microsoft Ignite 2022this announcement new security and accessibility features, as well as the introduction of Microsoft Edge Workspaces.
Edge Workspaces is a pretty smart idea, providing a useful experience that users won’t find on any other web browser. Available in preview, Edge Workspaces is a shared set of browser tabs that allow multiple users to view the same websites and files in one place.
Microsoft said this could be useful, for example, if a new team member joins an existing project. Instead of bombarding that person with links and files via email, they can instead share a single link through Edge Workspaces, providing all open relevant files and links as browser tabs. Then, as the teams work together, each of these tabs will update in real time.
Organizations can also take note of Edge’s new security features, which would build on its existing protections against malware and phishing attacks. For example, the new Website Typing Protection feature can help prevent users from accidentally navigating to a spammy or fraudulent site if they mistype a URL. After all, it’s too easy to make mistakes. So instead of navigating directly to the site, the browser will instead suggest the correct website the user intended to navigate to, not the one they accidentally typed.
Users and IT administrators can set the level of security based on the frequency of visits to a website or for specific websites, Microsoft detailed. This includes a “basic” mode that applies security measures to less-visited sites while allowing often-visited sites to work as expected.
On the accessibility side, Edge gains no less than four new updates. They include a new live captioning feature, where captions are displayed through a live window when playing media such as a video or podcast. Also new are instant replies, which provide suggested results when the user types the name of a person, place, or thing in the address bar. So if someone types in “weather in Seattle”, an instant response will show the current temperature and the type of weather there.
The improved Narrator experience, on the other hand, aims to enable a more consistent navigation experience when someone navigates through contextual information about field and button names. Finally, page colors can now be changed in Edge at will, to improve color contrast and readability.