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Here's how the new Edge Canary compares to stable Edge on Android
by João Carrasqueira
Today, a new version of Microsoft Edge for Android, from the Canary channel, was spotted on the Google Play Store. This release follows up on a promise Microsoft made a few weeks ago during its spring Ignite event, where it said it would be unifying the codebase for Edge across the desktop and mobile versions.
While Edge for Android was already based on the Chromium engine, it's actually using a fairly outdated version of it. If you visit whatsmybrowser.org in the stable release, you'll see that it says you're using Edge 77, while on desktop, Microsoft just released Edge 90 this week. With the new Edge Canary for Android, you'll now see Edge 91, which is the same version you'll see in Edge Canary on the desktop.
With that change come some significant performance improvements. We ran a couple of benchmarks on browserbench.org on both the stable release and the Canary version to see how big of a performance difference they would have. Starting with Speedometer, we can see Edge Canary handily beating the stable release by a pretty significant margin, and with less deviation from its average score, too.
In terms of real-life performance, our short time with the browser showed that it ran very smoothly, and potentially more so than the current release, though it was difficult to see a clear-cut difference.
But that's not all that's changed with this release, as there are a handful of UI changes as well. For starters, the first-time setup experience has been streamlined, and it also has a few more options now. For example, when setting up sync, you can now choose to sync your history and open tabs, while the stable release would force you to go into the settings after the fact to enable it. You can see a comparison of the two setup experiences below.
The UI changes continue when using the browser. Icons across the browser seem slightly larger, which makes the interface feel a bit more lively. The tab management page also looks a bit different.
The settings page has also seen a major revamp, and it looks much more organized and streamlined. For now, some features are still missing, like the coupons, news ratings, and content blocker that were developed in partnership with well-known browser extensions. However, Edge's tracking prevention feature is already here if you're worried about being tracked on the web.
We've also noticed that Edge Canary is a bit more animated, specifically when opening the tab management view. It's still buggy, but there's a new animation when entering the tab manager and choosing a tab, as you can see below.
Edge stable Edge Canary Edge Canary also has a new extra feature, when you go into the sync settings and look at your saved passwords, you now get the option to use Edge as an autofill provider for other apps, similar to what you can do with Microsoft Authenticator.
Something we've noticed in our testing is that if you add a website to your home screen as a PWA, it now shows a navigation bar at the bottom, which blocks part of the content of the page. This is most likely a bug, something to be expected in a Canary build.
Finally, the last big change is that you can now head into edge://flags to customize certain hidden browser features. For example, you can enable the "Force Dark Mode for Web Contents" flag to make every website have a dark theme - one of my personal favorite flags to use.
That's all we've managed to uncover in this release of Edge Canary so far, but it already looks promising compared to the stable release. If you'd like to try it out, you can download Edge Canary from the Play Store.
Have you found something we didn't? Let us know in the comments below!
By Jay Bonggolto
Microsoft Edge Canary is now available on Android with a new UI update
by Jay Bonggolto
Microsoft has quietly rolled out Edge Canary on Android with a fresh user interface, among other changes. The browser's Canary channel runs version 91 and it introduces a host of features such as access to experimental flags.
The latest build has version number 91.0.858.0 and Microsoft promises to release new builds every day. The Canary build was first spotted by a Reddit user and picked up by Aggiornamenti Lumia.
It's worth noting that Edge Canary on Android has a similar user experience and shell as the regular Edge browser for mobile. For example, it has the same page layout options as the regular Edge. However, the Canary channel does not have the option to view your reading list. It also has a different menu layout compared to the existing Edge mobile browser.
Today's release doesn't entirely come as a surprise seeing as the software giant announced last month that it planned to transition to a common codebase for the desktop, Android, and iOS versions later this year to streamline the development of any new features. The way things are at present, this task needs to be done three times due to the different codebases for Android, iOS, and the desktop.
If you want to try out the preview channel for Edge on Android, it is now available to download via the Google Play Store.
This year's Ubisoft Forward presentation takes place at E3 on June 12
by Pulasthi Ariyasinghe
Ubisoft kicked off its Forward presentation last year to cover E3's absence, offering an online event for fans that explored the various projects the company was working on. With E3 officially returning this year with its own digital event, Ubisoft has confirmed it will be reappearing on the popular platform, and it is carrying on with the Ubisoft Forward name.
The presentation will begin on June 12 at 12pm PT. Unfortunately, no information was shared regarding what Ubisoft plans to show off during its big event. However, there are some likely candidates that may show up.
Ubisoft actually held two Forward presentations in 2020, and combined, they showed off Far Cry 6, Hyper Scape, Assassin's Creed Valhalla, Watch Dogs: Legion, Immortals: Fenyx Rising, and Riders Republic, among others experiences.
While a majority of the aforementioned games have now released, several including Far Cry 6, Riders Republic, and Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time Remake suffered significant delays. The games are likely to receive fresh launch windows during the 2021 presentation. Other missing titles like Rainbow Six Quarantine (now with a new name), Beyond Good and Evil 2, Skull and Bones, and Roller Champions may get to be in the spotlight again as well.
Adding to that, don't forget that Ubisoft and Facebook are working together to develop a couple of VR games, specifically surrounding the Assassin's Creed and Splinter Cell franchises, and there is a Star Wars game in the early stages of development. As with every year, Ubisoft will have new games to reveal during the show, and teasers should begin airing before E3 formally kicks off.
Microsoft updates Remote Desktop app with native support for Apple Silicon
by Anmol Mehrotra
Microsoft has released a new update for its Remote Desktop app. The update brings native support for Apple Silicon and adds a couple of features like client-side IME support when using Unicode keyboard mode and Kerberos support in the CredSSP security protocol sequence. Apart from that, Microsoft also addressed macOS 11 compatibility issues. Lastly, the Redmond giant notes that it has made some significant upgrades to the underlying shared code.
Here is the full changelog for the update:
If you are encountering any major issues then you can navigate to Help > Report an issue to reach out to Microsoft. The new update bumps the app to version 10.6.0 and is available for download from the App Store. Do note that the Remote Desktop app now requires macOS 10.14 or later in order to work.
PowerToys pre-release version 0.36 out with a video conference mute tool
by Anmol Mehrotra
Microsoft has released an experimental version of PowerToys that comes with support for the video conference mute tool. Microsoft notes that this is the first release with the webcam driver actually being a DirectShow filter which "solves a multitude of quirks".
The video conference mute tool first debuted with the version 0.22 update but was subsequently removed as the firm needed to do some additional work. In case you don't remember, the video conference mute tool gave users universal controls to mute video and audio while video conferencing.
Along with the video conferencing tool, Microsoft has added all the features that were released with the PowerToys version 0.35 update. These included general and feature specific fixes, new shortcuts to quickly swap between different layouts in FancyZones and more.
While Microsoft is confident that the conference mute tool is ready to be tested again, the team is maintaining a known issues tracker for the same. You can check out the list of known issues and limitations below:
The new update pushes the PowerToys version to 0.36 and is available for download via GitHub. Microsoft is also expected to roll out version 0.37 soon which will be a stable release and will start requiring Windows 10 version 1903 or higher for PowerToys to work.