Microsoft's edge browser gains better privacy controls, an Internet Explorer mode, collections for organizing web searches, and even a Mac Version. Microsoft announced these features at Build 201
These features come on 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 less than a month ago. Although it's a beta, it's a pretty solid browser. Microsoft benefits from the fundamental work associated with Chromium, but the company is working hard to leave its mark on the browser. This is evidenced by the new features announced today: collections, a better privacy dashboard, integrated users of Internet Explorer for Enterprise, and a Mac version of the browser.
Collections Are Like OneNote for Your Browser
collections help with web searches. You can quickly extract images and text from multiple tabs and bring all the information together in one place. Once you've collected the data, you can view it in Edge, export it to Word or Excel, email the collection, or copy its contents to the clipboard for use in another application.
Privacy Dashboard Provides Simple Controls
Each website tracks your browsing habits and many companies monitor you even after leaving the company's website. It's hard to tell when this happens, and if you do not like tracking, you'll need to go through many settings to keep as much of it as possible.
Edge's upcoming Privacy Dashboard aims to solve just that problem. This allows you to choose from three levels of tracker blocking: strict, balanced and unrestricted. All three levels block malicious tracking. However, the various options block or allow tracking and viewing of sites you've visited before and did not visit. For example, in Balanced mode, Edge Tracker blocks websites that you have not visited before, but allows you to show websites you've already visited.
OMG The new @MSEdgeDev Privacy Tracker is unbelievable.
I'm excited about how we can provide these features to customers to control their built-in Zero Excuses data.
Not to mention that the IE mode was taken out of the box) May 6, 2019
Users of the company received integrated Internet Explorer
Internet Explorer is not a browser that most users should use, but some organizations still need it. For enterprise users, Microsoft states that IE integrates directly with Edge. If your workstation has an old web application that requires Internet Explorer, you currently only need to open IE for that site and use another browser, such as Chrome or Edge, for other sites.
In an upcoming release of Windows 10 introduce enterprise users can rely solely on Edge. If the browser detects a site that is listed as working only in Internet Explorer, the Internet Explorer mode automatically opens on an Edge tab and the site is displayed correctly. No need to change browser or remember which browser to use.
Edge for Mac Comes
Microsoft wants to be everywhere. Just look at the number of apps created for iPhone and Android. Browsers are no exception and jumping to Chromium means Edge can be delivered relatively simply for Mac. If you prefer to use a browser on all your platforms, you will soon be able to use Edge on Windows, iPhone, iPad, Android, and macOS.
The company did not show much today, but the few screenshots it was looked like those we saw in Windows 10. And Microsoft even introduces the new Edge in Windows 7.
Unfortunately, everything that is announced today comes soon. "But whether you're a home user or someone who needs to support Internet Explorer at a workstation, all of these features look promising.