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Everything new from Microsoft Edge at Build 2020 – Microsoft Edge Blog

Microsoft Build 2020 can be defined by a set of ‘firsts’—it’s the first Build of the new decade, the first Build that’s all-digital for 24 hours a day, and the first Build since the new Microsoft Edge launched! We’re learning a lot as we deliver Build and Microsoft Edge in new ways.
Last year at Build, we unveiled what was coming with the new Microsoft Edge. Since then we haven’t stopped innovating to build a browser that’s right for you, with world-class performance and more security, more productivity, and more value as you browse.
We’ve introduced tools to give you more control over your privacy with Tracking prevention. We’ve added new ways to be more productive with Collections. And with Give Mode, we’ve turned searching with Bing into an easy way to do something good.
As mentioned in January, we plan to upgrade all Windows 10 devices (excluding enterprise and education) to the new Microsoft Edge. Users will be able to experience all the features above when it’s delivered via a measured roll-out that you’ll see ramping up over the course of the next few weeks. If you can’t wait and want to try it now, you can download the new Microsoft Edge here.
We believe in a web that just works for everyone. As we work to deliver a great browsing experience, we remain committed to listening to developers and sharing improvements back to the open source community that makes Microsoft Edge possible. To date, we’ve made over 3,000 commits back to the Chromium open source project that make the web more enjoyable, capable, and accessible for everyone.
This year at Build, we’re sharing ongoing innovation with improved tooling and reach for web developers, new consumer integrations, and new customization options for businesses.

What’s new for web developers
A healthy web community is made possible by a vibrant developer community. Over the last few months, we’ve worked to support that community with improvements like DevTools localization in 10 new languages, which has been adopted by many of you as you develop for Microsoft Edge. Now, we’re excited to highlight new tools that empower you, the developers who make the web possible, while expanding your canvas so you can reach your customers in more ways than ever before.
WebView2 preview expands to include .NET and UWP (WinUI) development

Last year, we pushed WebView2 forward with a preview for Win32 development. WebView2 lowers the barrier for developers to maximize code reuse across platforms with a consistent web platform to host web content in their apps. We’d like to thank everyone that has engaged with us so far throughout the preview—the contributions and feedback we’ve received drive our feature roadmap and quality.
Today, we’re expanding the preview with new options for .NET and UWP (WinUI 3.0) development, enabling you to embed a Chromium-based Edge WebView in WinForms, WPF, and UWP (WinUI 3.0) applications. Check out our documentation and Getting Started guide, or simply open Visual Studio and download the WebView2 package to get started.
Improvements to the Microsoft Edge Add-ons site make searching and finding extensions easier
For many users, extensions are a key component to the web experience. We’re committed to not only making it easy for developers to bring their Chromium-based extensions into our store, but also to make it simple for users to find them. We will be making a significant update to the Microsoft Edge Add-ons site to make it more visually appealing—new categories, new search capabilities, and a new layout will get those extensions in front of customers. Expect to see this roll out starting this month!
Making PWAs feel more at home on Windows 10
Progressive Web Apps (PWAs) continue to gain momentum as a great way to deliver content in an app-like experience across platforms, powered by web standards. With the most recent versions of Microsoft Edge and Windows 10, we’re making PWAs feel even more natural and familiar alongside other Windows apps.
Today, when you install PWAs on Windows 10, they look and feel more at home on your desktop OS in important ways, launching in a standalone window and appearing in places like Start and the Taskbar for easier access. We’re working on updates to make this integration even smoother—you’ll be able to manage them from settings, use them to share (and receive shared content), and more. Check out an early preview of this Windows integration by using Windows Insider preview builds and enabling the Web Apps Identity Proxy flag in the Microsoft Edge Canary preview build.
Try out experimental web platform features with Origin Trials
We always aim to move the web forward to meet the needs of web developers. Our Origin Trials program enables developers to test drive experimental features on their websites for a set length of time. Prototypes that we haven’t enabled for the general web yet will work on your site for a selection of your visitors in Microsoft Edge, enabling you to gather and provide early feedback which can influence the final API.
Learn more and register for an Origin Trial at the new Origin Trial Developer Console today!
New features for every user
This week, we’re also introducing a few exciting new features to help you be more productive, and a new integration to help find and organize the content you want.
Collections in Microsoft Edge is getting smarter with a new Pinterest integration
Collections helps you organize, save, and share your online life by allowing you to create groups of content from around the web. Links, images, text, and notes can be saved together across multiple sites, pages, and browser sessions to help you stay organized and inspired.
Now, Collections in Microsoft Edge is collaborating with Pinterest to help you discover relevant content for your research or project. People use Collections to capture their favorite design ideas, recipes, home improvement links, and even to research their next big purchase across multiple sites. This new integration with Pinterest will help you find ideas to spark inspiration, save time, and be more productive by suggesting content related to what you have already collected. When you enable the feature, you will see Pinterest suggestions at the bottom of your collection. Clicking on a suggestion will open a board of similar, trending Pins so you can quickly find and add ideas relevant to you.
This collaboration also allows you to export your collection to Pinterest. Any saved webpages or images will then show up in a new board in your Pinterest account.

Collections will also be rolling out the ability to send to OneNote, in addition to the options to send to Excel and Word which are available today. Collections integration with Pinterest, and Send to OneNote, will appear in Insider channels within the next month. Join our Edge insider program to be one of the first people to try it.
Sidebar search provides a faster, more contextual way to look things up

Today you have the option to look up words or phrases by searching in a new tab. This can make you lose your train of thought instead of helping you get more out of what you’re reading. Sidebar search aims to improve this experience by giving you the option to see results in a pane on the side of the page. Simply highlight a word or phrase, right click, and select “search in sidebar” from the context menu. And if you’re at work and signed in with your Azure Active Directory account, you’ll even see company results! Reading a corporate strategy paper with unlinked references? Use sidebar search to help find the answer. When you’re done, you can close out of the pane or keep searching in it to look up additional information.
Expect to see this show up in Insider preview channels in the coming weeks. Become an Edge Insider to be one of the first to try it.
New features for information workers and IT Pros
Microsoft Edge is the browser for business, and today we’re announcing new features and updates to make the lives of IT managers and information workers a little bit easier. Want to try these out in your organization? Download offline installers here.
New syncing and customization options for IT professionals

If you use multiple devices while working from home, you know how important sync is. Installed extensions now sync in Microsoft Edge and a new policy even allows IT professionals to precisely manage which types of data sync for their users. The flexibility to sync individual data types means IT professionals can fit syncing to their workplace needs. For some workplaces, syncing passwords might not be allowed—now IT can manage this.
Coming soon, sync will also extend to customers whose environments are still on-premises. The transition to the cloud takes time, and your company should be able to get the most out of Microsoft Edge during that transition.
Data security gets a boost with Windows Information Protection
As many people work from home, data protection is top of mind, especially for IT professionals. Microsoft Edge now supports Windows Information Protection for Windows 10 customers which clearly separates personal and corporate data, adds extra protection for line-of-business apps, and provides audit reporting for compliance. This has been a top ask by many customers, and we’re excited to bring it to the new Microsoft Edge.
Easily move between work and personal profiles

For information workers, we’ve made improvements to help keep them in their flow throughout the workday—this is especially true for those working at home, where work and personal boundaries can easily blend. Microsoft Edge now allows users to set a default profile for any link they open, creating a consistent experience even if they’re switching between profiles throughout the day.
Microsoft Edge helps you manage your profiles even more with a feature called Automatic Profile Switching. Previously, if you’ve been using your personal account and then try to access a work link, you’d be forced to sign-in again because your personal account doesn’t have your work credentials. With the new Automatic Profile Switching feature, Microsoft Edge will detect that the link you’re trying to open needs work credentials, and then switch you to your work profile to open it. Profile switching has never been smoother.
Microsoft Search in Bing puts your work results all in one place
Bing is bringing the life-changing capability of search to the workplace, and we have an exciting update as part of this year’s Build. A comprehensive Work page will now be part of Bing’s search results pages for all Microsoft 365 customers. When signed-in to Bing with your work credentials, this page will appear right next to other familiar pages such as Images, Shopping, and News. This new results page gives you the option to view work-specific results such as files, people, internal websites, and more. If your organization uses Microsoft 365 Apps for enterprise, just sign into Bing with your work credentials and try it today. Learn more on our new website!
We hope you enjoy this new 48-hour, all-digital format as we meet you where you are around the world—we truly can’t thank you enough for joining us online for Microsoft Build 2020.
Keep innovating, keep building, and keep expecting more from the web.

Using multiple profiles at work and at home is now easier with Microsoft Edge – Microsoft Edge Blog

Our customers tell us that they like to keep their browsing data separate as they take on various roles in their lives. For people at home working from their own devices, this is particularly important.
Microsoft Edge’s “Profiles” feature is a great way to do this, whether you’re switching between work and personal browsing, juggling your job and freelancing business, or managing your tasks as an admin alongside other responsibilities.
In this post, we’ll share some improvements coming to browsing with multiple profiles in Microsoft Edge, and walk you through how to get started with this feature.
Setting up multiple profiles
To get started with multiple profiles, click the profile icon to the right of your address bar and click “Add a profile”. Then, on the consent screen that comes next, just click “Add”. Your profile is now added.
Each profile opens in a new window and gets its own desktop icon. You can pin each desktop icon independently to your Windows taskbar by right clicking on the Microsoft Edge icon.
If you’d like to roam your data across devices, you can sign into each profile with a Microsoft Account or a Work or School Account and choose to sync your data. Since browsing data is separated between profiles, each profile will sync independent of the other.

Switching between profiles
You can switch between profiles any time by clicking on the desktop icon or window associated with a profile. You can also switch using the profile flyout by clicking the profile icon or you can switch from the edge://settings/profiles page.

Getting to the right profile
We’ve heard that two things that users find challenging is getting links to open in the right profile and making sure that you don’t mistakenly open work content in your personal profile. Today, we’re excited to announce two features that we hope will make this easier:
Selecting a default profile (available in Microsoft Edge 81 and higher)
To ensure that links you open from another app open in the profile of your choice, you can now select a default profile in Microsoft Edge. To select a default profile to open external links, do the following:
Navigate to edge://settings
Select the “Multiple profile preferences” option (Note: This will only show if you have multiple profiles.)
Use the drop down menu to select which profile you’d like external links to open with.

Automatic profile switching (available in Microsoft Edge 83 and higher)
We’re also excited to announce a new feature to help you get to your work content more easily while using multiple profiles. We call it Automatic Profile Switching. If you’re a multiple profiles user, you can check it out by trying to navigate to a work site (a site authenticated with your work or school account) while in your personal profile.
When we detect this, we will prompt you to switch to your work profile to access that site without having to authenticate to it. When you choose the work profile you want to switch to, the website will simply open in your work profile.
We hope that this will help you keep your work and personal data separate and help you get to your work content more seamlessly. In case this doesn’t work for your flows, you can choose “Don’t ask me again,” and it will get out of your way.

We are excited to release this improvement for your multiple profile scenarios—give it a try and let us know how you like it! If you run into any issues or have any feedback on using multiple profiles, use the in-app feedback button (or Alt-Shift-I) and we’ll use it to make the experience better for you.
Thank you for helping us build Microsoft Edge be the best browser for you.
– Avi Vaid, Program Manager, Microsoft Edge

Upgrading to the new Microsoft Edge – Microsoft Edge Blog

The new Microsoft Edge is now out of preview and available for download, with today’s release of our first Stable channel build (Microsoft Edge 79 stable). You can download the new Microsoft Edge today at microsoft.com/edge. In this post, we’ll walk through what you can expect now that the new Edge channel is open – including how the update will roll out, how you can get started testing and what to expect from the preview channels going forward. 
The work of upgrading devices to the new Microsoft Edge across hundreds of millions of Windows PCs around the world won’t happen overnight. Our goal is to make this process as simple and non-intrusive as possible to deliver a great experience, while minimizing risk to users and organizations.  

You can get the new Microsoft Edge for Windows and macOS today by downloading it directly from microsoft.com/edge. When you install Microsoft Edge on an up-to-date Windows 10 device, it will replace the previous (legacy) version on your device. In some cases, you may be prompted to install additional updates. Your favorites, passwords, and basic settings will carry over to the new Microsoft Edge automatically. Web apps (including those built on EdgeHTML), and Microsoft Edge preview channels (such as Dev or Canary) will continue to work without interruption.  
If you’re using Microsoft Edge on iOS or Android, you don’t need to take any action – your device will update automatically. 

If you’d prefer not to install Microsoft Edge manually, you can wait for it to be installed in a future update to Windows 10, following our measured roll-out approach over the next several months. We will start to migrate Windows 10 customers to the new Microsoft Edge in the coming weeks, starting with a subset of Windows Insiders in the Release Preview ring.  
Enterprise and education users will not be automatically upgraded at this time. Contact your administrator for more information on updating to the new Microsoft Edge in your organization. Administrators should refer to the “Enterprise updates and options” section below.  
The new Microsoft Edge will gradually be made available on Windows Update and offered to additional devices as data and feedback indicate that users are having a good experience. If you don’t want to wait, you can get the new Microsoft Edge at microsoft.com/edge. 
Whether you download today or wait for us to upgrade it on your device, your favorites, passwords, and basic settings will carry over to the new Microsoft Edge automatically. The automatic rollout will maintain your default browser setting – if your default is currently set to a browser other than Microsoft Edge, your setting will carry over once the new Microsoft Edge is installed.  
Once you’ve installed Microsoft Edge, it will update independently on a roughly six-week cadence. You can always preview the next major update via the Beta channel—for example, Microsoft Edge 80 will enter the Beta channel soon, and is expected to release to Stable in February. You can learn more about Microsoft Edge preview channels in our previous blog post, What to expect in the new Microsoft Edge Insider channels. 

Organizations are in full control of when the new Microsoft Edge will be deployed to their managed devices. Managed devices will not be automatically updated to the new Microsoft Edge. In addition to managed devices, Enterprise, Education, and Workstation Pro Edition devices will not be automatically updated at this time.  Organizations that would like to block the automatic delivery of the new Microsoft Edge to devices on Home and Pro Editions with Windows Update enabled can do so either via policies or by downloading and deploying the Blocker Toolkit.  Note that Internet Explorer is not impacted by our automatic rollout. 
When you are ready to deploy the new Microsoft Edge, you can learn more about rolling out and managing Microsoft Edge across your organization from our enterprise documentation, and you can download our offline deployment packages and administrative policy templates for configuring Microsoft Edge on Windows and macOS at our enterprise page. Eligible Microsoft 365 customers can also take advantage of Fast Track and App Assure support, launching in Q1 of 2020.    
Once you have deployed the new Microsoft Edge to your organization, you can configure or restrict updates using the Microsoft Edge Update policies. In the future, we plan to include Microsoft Edge built-in to Windows, to be delivered through a future Windows 10 Feature Update for all customers. 
For more guidance on deployment, check out this Microsoft Mechanics interview from Ignite, where host Jeremy Chapman interviews Chuck Friedman, CVP of Microsoft Edge engineering, and walks through deployment demos including Configuration Manager and a new security baseline for Microsoft Edge.  

Whether you’re just trying out the new Microsoft Edge for the first time, or have been with us on this journey over the last year, thank you for getting involved and helping make Microsoft Edge great. We’ve seen exciting momentum in the Chromium project over the last year, landing more than 1900 contributions across areas like accessibility, modern input including touch, speech, digital inking, and many more, and we couldn’t be more excited for what’s next. 
Enterprise administrators and IT professionals can learn more about deploying, managing, and configuring the new Microsoft Edge in your organization at our new enterprise page.  
Web developers can find guidance on incorporating Microsoft Edge into your test matrix in our recent blog post, “Getting your sites ready for the new Microsoft Edge,” as well as more information on new platform capabilities, developer tools, web apps, and more in our web developer documentation. 
Happy browsing! 
– Kyle Pflug, Senior PM Lead, Microsoft Edge 

Announcing the draft Security Baseline for Microsoft Edge version 79 – Microsoft Edge Blog

We are pleased to announce the draft security baseline for the initial stable release of the new Microsoft Edge! Please review the security baseline (DRAFT) for Microsoft Edge version 79, and send us your feedback through the Baselines Discussion site.Every organization faces security threats. However, the types of security threats that are of most concern to one organization can be completely different from another organization. For example, an e-commerce company may focus on protecting its Internet-facing web apps, while a hospital may focus on protecting confidential patient information. The one thing that all organizations have in common is a need to keep their apps and devices secure.
A security baseline is a group of Microsoft-recommended configuration settings that explains their security impact. These settings are based on feedback from Microsoft security engineering teams, product groups, partners, and customers.

Security baselines are an essential benefit to your organization because they bring together expert knowledge from Microsoft, partners, and customers.
For example, there are 200+ Microsoft Edge Group Policy settings for Windows. Of these settings, only some are security-related.  Although Microsoft provides extensive guidance on these policies, exploring each one can take a long time. You would have to determine the security impact of each setting on your own. Then, you would still need to determine the appropriate value for each setting.
In modern organizations, the security threat landscape is constantly evolving, and IT administrators and policy-makers must keep up with security threats and make required changes to Microsoft Edge security settings to help mitigate these threats. To enable faster deployments and make managing Microsoft Edge easier, Microsoft provides customers with security baselines that are available in consumable formats, such as Group Policy Objects backups.

As with our current Windows and Office security baselines, our recommendations for Microsoft Edge configuration follow a streamlined and efficient approach to baseline definition when compared with the baselines we published before Windows 10. The foundation of that approach is essentially this:
The baselines are designed for well-managed, security-conscious organizations in which standard end users do not have administrative rights.
A baseline enforces a setting only if it mitigates a contemporary security threat and does not cause operational issues that are worse than the risks they mitigate.
A baseline enforces a default only if it is otherwise likely to be set to an insecure state by an authorized user:
If a non-administrator can set an insecure state, enforce the default.
If setting an insecure state requires administrative rights, enforce the default only if it is likely that a misinformed administrator will otherwise choose poorly.

(For further explanation, see the “Why aren’t we enforcing more defaults?” section in this blog post.)

You can use security baselines to:
Ensure that user and device configuration settings are compliant with the baseline.
Set configuration settings. For example, you can use Group Policy, System Center Configuration Manager, or Microsoft Intune to configure a device with the setting values specified in the baseline.

For version 78, see Security baseline (DRAFT) for Chromium-based Microsoft Edge, version 78.
For version 79, see Security baseline (DRAFT) for Chromium-based Microsoft Edge, version 79.
Future draft security baselines versions will be posted to the Microsoft Security Baselines Blog, and final security baselines will be available in the Security Compliance Toolkit (SCT).

Check out our Microsoft Edge enterprise documentation to learn more about deploying and managing the next version of Microsoft Edge.
– Forbes Higman, Program Manager, Microsoft Edge enterprise security– Brian Altman, Program Manager, Microsoft Edge manageability

Find your flow with the Enterprise New Tab Page – Microsoft Edge Blog

How much time do you think you spend looking for things at work? Because our files and information are stored in so many places it’s probably quite a bit. In fact, according to McKinsey, we spend 20% of our work week just searching for internal information, tracking down colleagues, and trying to pick up where we left off.  That’s one whole day a week.That’s why we’re excited for you to try a new way to manage your work with the new Microsoft Edge, now available in Microsoft Edge Insider preview builds. When signed in with an Azure Active Directory work account, opening a new tab in Microsoft Edge delivers a dynamic and personalized set of your most relevant Office documents, internal web sites, company resources, and other Microsoft 365 content.
Each new tab layout is populated by features that leverage the intelligence of the Office 365 graph to find what you need, right when you need it.
Microsoft Search in Bing: Search bar for the web and the intranet; find people, documents, and internal sites, just by searching.
Dynamic Site Tiles: Below the search bar you’ll find a set of tiles populated with your most commonly used websites or important internal sites configured by a company admin.
Recommended Content: Easy access to recently shared or often accessed files that are most important to you and your team.
Recent files & sites: Immediately below Recommended documents are lists of recent Office files (on the left) and frequently used SharePoint sites (on the right).
Content and Layout Selection: An easy toggle allows navigation between content feeds (‘Office 365’ and ‘Microsoft News’)
Please check out the additional details on the capabilities below, then try it yourself by downloading a Microsoft Edge Insider build. Tell us what you like, what doesn’t work for you, and anything else you think could help you find your flow on the Enterprise new tab experience.

Microsoft Search in Bing
If you’re looking for something you haven’t used in a while, just perform a search. Artificial intelligence technology from Bing and personalized insights from the Microsoft Graph connect you to the best of the web and work in a single experience. Whether you’re working in SharePoint, OneDrive, Office, or Bing, and communicating with Microsoft Teams or Yammer, you can search all of your files and conversations in one place, giving you the information you need, right when you need it most. Try searching for a document, conversation, colleague, or even yourself. Click here to explore Microsoft Search in Bing. You can also click here to read documentation on how to get set up and running with Microsoft Search in Bing in your organization.
Dynamic Site Tiles
Eight tiles provide visual links back to the sites you use most; the algorithm to compute these is run locally on your device, based on your browsing history, also stored locally. No data needs to leave your machine for these to work. We’re also introducing a new policy enabling IT Administrators to program up to 3 of these tiles. These can be enabled via enforced policy, which pins the tile permanently or recommended policy, which allows more frequently used sites to replace that tile. Administrators will also specify the URL, title. Click here to learn more about this policy. To learn about all Microsoft Edge policies, click here.
Recommended Content
In the face of ever-expanding file, email, and discussion traffic, the Recommended Documents feature is the ‘magic’ that surfaces what you need most. It is the intelligence that monitors all file activity and uses machine learning to produce a short list of files, saving you time and allowing you to pick up right where you left off.
The Office Graph provides brains behind the Recommended content module. The Office Graph continuously collects and analyses signals that you and your colleagues send when you work in Office 365. For example, when you and a colleague modify or view the same document, it’s a signal that you’re likely to be working together. Other signals include who you communicate with through e-mail, and who you’ve shared documents with, who your manager is, and who has the same manager as you.
With Recommended content, you’ll be served a series of cards that provide information about the content and collaboration status of a few documents that we believe you should pay attention to. For example, a Microsoft Word file that has had 3 different edits in the last day, an Excel file where you’ve been @mentioned with a couple of questions, and an important presentation your team is working on with 5 unread comments.
Each card contains easily scannable information so you can quickly prioritize what to work on next without breaking your flow.
The center of the card: features a thumbnail so you can quickly recognize the file.
The top: features an icon to indicate what type of activity is most significant and who it was associated with and when the activity occurred.
At the bottom: of the card, you’ll find the file name as well as the location of the file for reference.
Please note that for documents to appear in the Recommended section, they must be stored on OneDrive for Business or SharePoint. Click here to learn more about the Office Graph.
Recent Files & Sites
Another way to stay focused and in your workflow is to organize the work you’ve been doing most recently. That’s why, immediately below Recommended documents, you’ll see lists of recent files (on the left) and frequent SharePoint sites (on the right).  Organized into 4 helpful views:
Recent: Your recently accessed files. Hovering over an item allows additional actions like pinning, sharing, and opening in browser or desktop.
Pinned: Filters your recent documents down to only those you’ve pinned.
Shared with me: A list of files that have been shared with you, whether you’ve recently opened them or not.
Discover: In discover, you’ll see a mix of both your own documents, and documents your colleagues are working on so you have additional awareness about team projects. These are documents that are stored in OneDrive for Business or SharePoint in Office 365, or that have been shared with you as attachments in emails. These documents aren’t organized according to a timeline, for example last modified, or in alphabetical order. Instead, these documents are organized according to what’s likely to be most relevant to you right now.
Settings Flyout
In the upper right is a quick way for you to switch back to the Microsoft News content & layout choices, and coming soon, the ability to choose various layouts that best suit your flow.

We’re also introducing a policy enabling IT Administrators to set page content. This can be enabled via enforced policy, which prevents switching or recommended policy, which allows switching between Microsoft News and Office 365 page content. Click here to learn more about this policy.  To learn about all Microsoft Edge policies, click here.
Microsoft 365 Compliance
The Enterprise new tab experience integrates compliant M365 services and is architected so that your data stays within your organization’s boundaries.
Microsoft Search in Bing: Address bar and in-page search is supported by Microsoft Search in Bing. Explore the links in the “Microsoft Search in Bing” section to learn more about how your data is protected.
Dynamic Site Tiles: computed locally using local device data. For these, nothing leaves your device.
Office content: This content is powered by existing compliant M365 services like the Recommended Content service, recent file service, and recent SharePoint sites service.
If your organization needs to comply with legal or regulatory standards, start here to learn about compliance in Microsoft 365.
More to Come for Enterprise New Tab Experience
We are looking forward for you to download the new Microsoft Edge and experience these new workflows to collect your feedback. Providing feedback is easy. Just click the smiley face in the top-right corner of the browser to let us know what you like or want to see improved:

In the meantime, we’re working on adding support for new and compliant ways for enterprise end users to and IT admins to personalize, configure, and use the Enterprise New Tab Page for productivity in their day-to-day workflows.
Thank you for trying out the new Microsoft Edge. We welcome your comments below!
– Chad Rothschiller, Senior Program Manager, Microsoft Edge– Matt Betz, Product Marketing Manager, Microsoft Edge

Getting your sites ready for the new Microsoft Edge – Microsoft Edge Blog

This morning, we released Microsoft Edge Beta version 79, which is the final Beta before the new Microsoft Edge is generally available, also known as the “Release Candidate.” On January 15th, we expect to release the “Stable” channel, at which point Microsoft Edge will be generally available to download on Windows and macOS.The new Microsoft Edge is built on the Chromium engine, providing best in class compatibility with extensions and web sites, with great support for the latest rendering capabilities, modern web applications, and powerful developer tools across all supported platforms.
For Enterprise customers, the new Microsoft Edge also includes Internet Explorer mode, providing a seamless experience across internal sites and LOB apps with legacy dependencies. And for end users, it includes new privacy-enhancing features like tracking prevention that’s on by default and a new InPrivate mode across your entire web experience, so your online searches and browsing are not attributed to you.
You can learn more about how the new Microsoft Edge and Bing work together to be the browser and search engine for business over on the Windows blog. In this post, we’ll share more about how you can add the new Microsoft Edge to your automated browser testing, so your customers have a great experience as they begin to upgrade. We’ll also share resources you can use to file bugs, get support, and see what’s next for the new Microsoft Edge.

Microsoft Edge has multiple channels that you can get started testing today: Canary, Developer, and Beta. Each of these channels has differing levels of support for experimental features, and therefore each has its own level of risk regarding stability.In general, we recommend testing on the Developer channel as a good balance between Canary (which is essentially untested bits that are built every night) and Beta, which contains six weeks’ worth of changes. The Developer channel may be less stable than Beta but allows developers to experiment and prototype against early bits.
For customers looking for a snapshot of what is coming in the next major version, the Beta channel represents an early preview of the next Stable release. For example, today’s Beta 79 is our “Release Candidate” build for our Stable release on January 15th. To install the browser, simply browse here and select the appropriate channel.

Because the new Microsoft Edge is built on Chromium, it is fully compatible with popular automated testing frameworks like Selenium WebDriver and Puppeteer. With general availability coming in January, we recommend incorporating the new Microsoft Edge into your existing automated tests now – testing the Beta channel will give you six weeks advance notice of any potential issues that may impact your site.
Selenium WebDriver
The most common framework for browser automation is Selenium WebDriver. To configure WebDriver with Microsoft Edge, you’ll need to download the corresponding version of our WebDriver, MSEdgeDriver. So, for example, if you downloaded the Developer channel for Microsoft Edge, you would want to click on the Settings and More link in the browser and then click on “Settings”. From there, you can click on “About Microsoft Edge” and see your Version. It will say something like “79.0.308.0”. Once you know that, you can download the matching version of MSEdgeDriver that is appropriate for your Operating System.
If you prefer to automate that process, you can check the following registry key for the version of Microsoft Edge that is installed:
HKEY_CURRENT_USERSoftwareMicrosoftEdge{ CHANNEL}BLBeacon (e.g., ComputerHKEY_CURRENT_USERSoftwareMicrosoftEdge DevBLBeacon)
And then you can download the driver by building a URL to the server that looks like this:
https://msedgedriver.azureedge.net/{VERSION}/edgedriver_{ARC}.zip (e.g., https://msedgedriver.azureedge.net/79.0.308.1/edgedriver_win32.zip)
Microsoft Edge should be fully compatible with existing tests written to run in Chrome or other Chromium-based browsers – simply modify the “binary_location” to point to Microsoft Edge, and modify the “executable_path” to point to msedgedriver.exe. MSEdgeDriver.exe currently supports Chrome options, but we do plan on updating the Selenium language bindings in Selenium 4 to account for our new browser. For the time being, the language bindings will default to creating the legacy Microsoft Edge connections, so you will pass in a parameter indicating that these tests should run against the new Microsoft Edge browser:
Here is an example for how you would do that in C#:

Puppeteer
Another popular automation framework is Puppeteer, a Node library which provides a high-level API to control Chromium-based Browsers over the DevTools Protocol. By default, Puppeteer will launch a version of Chromium (the core upon which Google Chrome, Microsoft Edge, Brave, Vivaldi, and others are built). However, you can also pass in the path to the browser exe you would like to run instead.
You would write something like this (in JavaScript):

Automating Internet Explorer mode
In addition to running tests written for Chrome on Microsoft Edge, we’ve also made it easy to migrate tests written for Internet Explorer 11. The new Microsoft Edge includes “Internet Explorer mode,” which allows a tab to render content using IE11 in certain Enterprise contexts (e.g., for Intranet sites or sites  specified by your Enterprise Mode Site List).
The new Microsoft Edge allows you to run IE11 validation for legacy sites in addition to your modern experiences. To run your IE11 tests in Microsoft Edge, download the IEDriverServer from Selenium. Then you must pass in a capability to put Microsoft Edge into IE Mode and then run your tests.
Because this capability puts the whole browser into IE11 Mode, you cannot simultaneously test content that should render in the modern Chromium engine, but you should be able to run all of your IE11 tests and validate the rendering in Microsoft Edge. Note that this code requires an update to IEDriverServer which should be included in the next release of Selenium.
After you download the new IEDriverServer from SeleniumHQ and follow the directions for the “Required Configuration” as documented here, you can run the following code to launch the new Microsoft Edge in IE11 mode and run some tests:

As you test your sites in Microsoft Edge, you may encounter issues that appear to be caused by a bug in the browser. For any issue, the quickest way to give feedback is simply to click the “Send feedback” button in the “Help and Feedback” menu (or Alt-Shift-I on Windows). You can describe your issue and share additional details such as screenshots, diagnostic details, or contact information here.
This is also the best place to provide general end-user feedback such as feature suggestions. To date, we’ve received over 230,000 pieces of feedback from users and developers – thank you, and we truly embrace your input!

Alongside today’s announcements, we’ve updated our Platform Status feature roadmap to reflect the new Microsoft Edge capabilities and an early look at what’s in development for future versions. If you have questions about whether we plan to implement an upcoming HTML/CSS/JS feature, you can search for the corresponding entry here. If you don’t see the feature you’re looking for, simply open an issue on GitHub to get it added.
We’re also continuing to innovate through new standards proposals and by implementing experimental features in Chromium. You can track our focus areas on GitHub in the MSEdgeExplainers repository, where we publish public explainers and “intent to implement” notices as our first step towards shipping new features. We are committed to contributing as a member of the open source community, and have published over 30 explainers to date – and more importantly, we hope to make the web better for everyone.
Get started today by downloading the Microsoft Edge Release Candidate build and adding it to your test matrix, and be sure to share any feedback or issues you might have. We’ll see you in January!
– Kyle Pflug, Senior PM Lead, Microsoft Edge– John Jansen, Principal Software Engineering Manager, Microsoft Edge

Join the Microsoft Edge team next week at Ignite 2019 – Microsoft Edge Blog

Next week, we will be travelling to Microsoft Ignite 2019 to share what’s new in Microsoft Edge for enterprises, IT professionals, and web developers. We’re very excited to share more about our journey with Chromium over the past year, what it means to your customers, and to hear your feedback.In this post, we’ve outlined all the breakout sessions and other activities our team will be presenting at Ignite next week, so you can easily track which sessions you want to attend or review later. This year, Ignite is also introducing Roundtable Topics, which are a great opportunity to share your experiences with the product team directly, provide feedback, and help us understand how we can empower you and your organization with Microsoft Edge.
The full list of sessions is provided below. We look forward to seeing you there! Don’t miss out—sign in using your attendee or tech community account to build your Ignite schedule today!

Monday, November 4th
2:00 – 2:45 PM ET: BRK012 – The Web: Where the rubber hits the road on security and manageability, and productivity
Join VP of Product for Microsoft Edge, Chuck Friedman, Group Product leader for Microsoft Edge Enterprise, Sean Lyndersay, and VP of Bing, Jordi Ribas to discuss how Microsoft Edge and Microsoft Search in Bing is the best browser and search for business. We can help you with a systematic approach to identity and security, high-performing intranet and internet searches, and how to think about web and app compatibility on the internet.
3:15 – 4:00 PM ET: BRK1019 – State of the browser: Microsoft Edge
Come learn about the history of Microsoft Edge and the decision to move to Chromium as well as the roadmap for enterprises and show you the 4 pillars of what the team focuses on: Rock solid fundamentals, Safety and Security, Flexible and efficient manageability and deployment, and end-user productivity.
Tuesday, November 5th
11:05 – 11:20 AM ET: MLS1020 – Microsoft Edge and Chromium: What’s new for web developers
In this Microsoft Ignite Live session, Burke Holland will interview Kyle Pflug, PM for Microsoft Edge Developer Experiences, about what the new Chromium foundation means for your web sites and web apps, and how the Microsoft Edge team is working with web standards and the Chromium community to build a better web for everyone.
1:50 – 2:10 PM ET: THR2279 – Mechanics Live: Microsoft Edge and Microsoft Search: Complete tour for IT admins and users
Join Chuck Friedman and Jeremy Chapman to get a comprehensive understanding of the enterprise-focused capabilities in the new Microsoft Edge browser. This is a 20-minute Theater session filmed in the Mechanics Live studio in the hub and you are a part of the experience.
3:05 – 3:25 PM ET: THR108 – Top 10 reasons why you’ll choose the next version of Microsoft Edge
We’re on a mission to create the best browser for the enterprise. We believe the next version of Microsoft Edge is that browser and in this session, we will share the top 10 reasons why.
Roundtable Topics
Wednesday, November 6th
 10:15 – 11:00 AM: BRK2230 – One browser for modern and legacy web apps: deploying Microsoft Edge and IE mode
We have worked with numerous companies – ranging from 1,000’s to 100,000’s of seats – to move from multiple browser environments to a single browser environment. We’ll share lessons learned and best practices for piloting and deploying the next version of Microsoft Edge by leveraging our investments in Internet Explorer mode, Configuration Manager, and Intune.
1:50 – 2:10 PM ET: THR1075 – Enterprise ready PDF solution in Microsoft Edge
Customers have communicated they want a PDF solution in the browser, so they don’t have to manage additional 3rd party software. The Microsoft Edge’s PDF solution will help you understand the investments we’re making so we can accomplish that specific feedback.
Roundtable Topics
Thursday, November 7th
12:45 – 1:30 PM ET: BRK3099 – Moving the web forward: Microsoft Edge for web developers
The next version of Microsoft Edge is built on a new foundation, powered by Chromium. This foundation will empower you with a consistent set of developer tools and enable you to deliver powerful standards-based and hybrid application experiences using web technologies. In this session, we’ll share how our upcoming release simplifies cross-browser testing and enables the latest capabilities for your sites and line of business (LOB) apps, plus our ongoing contributions to Chromium that improve the browser experience for everyone. Finally, we’ll reveal what’s next for web developers in the new Microsoft Edge.
3:40 – 4:00 PM ET: THR106 – Microsoft Edge on macOS
Microsoft Edge will be our first browser for macOS in 13 years. In this session, we share how Microsoft Edge feels at home on macOS, how you can be more productive and secure using it, and what you need to know about managing Microsoft Edge on macOS.
Roundtable Topics
Friday, November 8th
10:15 – 11:00 AM ET: BRK3253 – Protected, productive mobile browsing with Microsoft Edge and Intune
Microsoft Edge isn’t just a desktop browser. The mobile platform has been going strong for close to 2 years. This session will show you the investments we’re making to allow for a full range of experiences starting with management capabilities with Intune, customizing the end user experience, and how to migrate from the Microsoft Intune managed browser to Microsoft Edge.
11:30 AM – 12:15 PM ET: BRK2231 – Keep users productive and data secure in a cloud-first world: secure browsing with Microsoft Edge
Wrap up your Friday with a deep dive on all things security regarding Microsoft Edge. Features such as Application Guard, Conditional Access, and Microsoft Information Protection will be discussed along with other security measures to show you how Microsoft Edge is the most secure browser in the enterprise.
See you there! Don’t forget to sign in using your attendee or tech community account to build your Ignite schedule today!
– Colleen Williams, Senior Program Manager, Microsoft Edge

Sign-in and sync with work or school accounts in Microsoft Edge Insider builds – Microsoft Edge Blog

A top piece of feedback we’ve heard from Microsoft Edge Insiders is that you want to be able to roam your settings and browsing data across your work or school accounts in Microsoft Edge. Today, we’re excited to announce that Azure Active Directory work and school accounts now support sign-in and sync in the latest Canary, Dev, and Beta channel preview builds of Microsoft Edge.By signing in with a work or school account, you will unlock two great experiences: your settings will sync across devices, and you’ll enjoy fewer sign-in prompts thanks to single sign-on (Web SSO).

When signed in with an organizational account on any preview channel, Microsoft Edge is able to sync your browser data across all your devices that are signed in with the same account. Today, your favorites, preferences, passwords, and form-fill data will sync; in future previews, we’ll expand this to support other attributes like your browsing history, installed extensions, and open tabs. You can control which available attributes to sync, once you enable the feature from the sync settings page. Sync makes the web a more personal, seamless experience across all devices—the less time you have to spend managing your experience, the more time you’ll have to get things done.
Syncing with your work or school account is currently available for AAD Premium accounts on Windows, iOS and Android devices, and coming soon to macOS.

Once you’ve signed in to your organizational account in Microsoft Edge, we’ll use those credentials to authenticate you to websites and services that support Web Single Sign-On. This helps keep you productive by cutting down on unnecessary sign-in prompts on the web. When you access web content which is authenticated with your signed in account, Microsoft Edge will simply sign you in to the website you’re trying to access.
To try this, just navigate to Office.com while signed into Microsoft Edge with your work or school account. Notice that you didn’t need to sign in with your username and password—you are simply authenticated to the website and can access your content immediately. This also works on other web properties that recognize the organizational account you are signed in to.

To get started with an organizational account in Microsoft Edge, all you have to do is sign in and turn on sync. Just click the profile icon to the right of your address bar and click “Sign In” (if you’re already signed in with a personal account, you’ll have to “Add a profile” first and then sign into the new profile with your work or school account.)

At the sign-in prompt, select any of your existing work or school accounts (on Windows 10) or enter your email, phone, or Skype credentials into the sign-in field (on macOS or older versions of Windows) and sign in.
Once you’re signed in, follow the prompts asking if you want to sync your browsing data to enable sync. That’s it! To learn more about sync, check out our previous article on syncing in Microsoft Edge preview channels. You can always change your settings or disable sync at any time by clicking your profile icon and selecting “Manage profile settings.”

We are excited to bring you work/school account sign-in and sync in the Microsoft Edge Insider channels. We hope to make your everyday web surfing experience a breeze. However, we want to be sure that sign-in, as well as all the personalized experiences, actually work for you. Please give sign-in a try and let us know how you like it – or not. If you run into any issues, use the in-app feedback button to submit the details. If you have other feedback about work/school account sign-in or personalized experiences, we welcome your comments below.
Thank you for helping us build the next version of Microsoft Edge that’s right for you.
– Avi Vaid, Program Manager, Microsoft Edge
[Updated 08/23/2019 to clarify availability on platforms and AAD subscription requriements – Ed]