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Ad blocking is coming to Microsoft Edge for Android

Microsoft's Edge browser has been available for Android for a while and it includes a number of interesting features, especially for those who also use the browser on a Windows 10 PC. However, it lacks extension support, as many mobile browsers do, which means features such as blocking unwanted ads on the internet aren't available unless they're built into the browser itself.

Fortunately, that's precisely what Microsoft is doing, as MSPoweruser reports that a new update is now rolling out to those who signed up for the browser's beta program in the Google Play Store. The new release brings the version number up to 402.0.0.2055, and it includes a new "Block content" option in the app's settings. The report was confirmed by a tweet from Vishnu Nath, Head of Program Management for Microsoft Mobility Experiences.

Microsoft seems to be using Adblock Plus to power the ad-blocking feature. Adblock Plus is likely the most popular tracking protection browser extension - which is also available for Edge on Windows 10 - and it even provides its own Adblock Browser for Android.

As of the time of writing, the update hasn't shown up on our test devices yet, so it would appear that it's rolling out gradually to those in the beta program. If you haven't received it either, don't fret - it should be available soon. If you haven't downloaded Edge for Android yet, you can do so here.

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Source: MSPoweruser via On MSFT

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