Using Microsoft Edge could soon be much smoother and more productive, thanks to a new update in the works.
The company revealed that it is working on an update that would allow Edge users to access their favorite or most-used tools alongside the browser itself.
The move should make using Edge a lot easier, particularly if you want to juggle multiple programs or tools at the same time, say, to plan an event or a work presentation.
in the official Microsoft 365 roadmap entry (opens in new tab)the new addition is described as allowing users to “access Edge features side-by-side with the navigation window”.
Initially, Discover, Bing search, Outlook, Office, Games and other items like unit converter and internet speed test will be among those included for users to try.
The update is still listed as “in development”, but Microsoft has included a scheduled release date of August 2022, so we may not have to wait too long. When released, it will be available to all Microsoft Edge users worldwide.
The launch comes as Microsoft looks to leverage Edge as a useful productivity tool and workplace companion for users everywhere.
It comes on the heels of the announcement of a similar feature that will allow users to pause all extensions from running on specific websites with a single click, giving them greater control over extensions running on risky or sensitive websites.
Recent figures from Statcounter have shown that Microsoft Edge has lost or not gained market share in four of the last six months.
It put Edge at a 4.05% market share (on desktop and mobile platforms), which equates to around 200 million users – far below Google Chrome (64.34%) and Apple’s Safari. (19.16%), but ahead of Firefox (3.41%).