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Edge Dev build now available with improvements and fixes

It's another week, which means it's time for another build of the Chromium-based Edge browser for those enrolled in the Dev channel. This week, Microsoft is releasing build, and it includes a handful of improvements, notably the ability to import settings from the UWP version of Edge, which should make the transition easier once the Chromium-based version is officially released.

This release includes some other improvements, including a clearer indicator when the user is in InPrivate mode and the ability to add ink to screenshots when sending feedback. Here's the full list of new features:

  • Added the ability to mark up screenshots with ink.
  • Prevented extensions that are banned from the Chrome extensions store from being installed.
  • Added messaging to better help users for some cases when Internet Explorer mode fails to start.
  • Added the ability to import settings from the original version of Edge.
  • Added additional text to identify when a window is InPrivate or Guest.

In addition to new features and capabilities, this build comes with a significant list of fixes, which Microsoft lists into two separate lists. Here's the list of fixes for reliability:

  • Fixed a crash when pressing Tab.
  • Fixed a crash when pressing F6.
  • Fixed an issue where the Downloads page sometimes didn’t render.
  • Fixed an issue where Netflix was slow when playing 4K video.
  • Fixed a crash when installing extensions.
  • Fixed a hang when playing certain types of videos.
  • Fixed some hangs when opening Application Guard windows.
  • Fixed an issue where the popup blocker would sometimes fail to work in Internet Explorer mode.
  • Fixed an issue where Read Aloud sometimes fails to start properly.
  • Fixed some issues where opening certain PDF files sometimes failed.

And here's the list of fixes for improved behavior:

  • Fixed an issue where SafeSearch couldn’t be turned on.
  • Fixed an issue where selecting all text in a PDF didn’t work.
  • Fixed an issue where the Apps page occasionally shows duplicate entries.
  • Fixed an issue where languages were getting added to edge://settings/languages when they shouldn’t have been.
  • Fixed an issue where PDF form fields sometimes don’t appear properly.
  • Fixed an issue where tab icons are occasionally the wrong color.
  • Fixed an issue where address bar icons are occasionally the wrong color.
  • Fixed an issue where certain icons weren’t displaying correctly in certain countries.
  • Fixed an issue where the correct start page wasn’t appearing in some countries.
  • Fixed an issue where Application Guard windows sometimes didn’t display in the proper language.

Interestingly, the Dev channel is still not showing the ability to sync the user's passwords and address data, which we've seen in the Canary channel for over a week. This is a fairly essential feature of any modern browser, and since it seems to be in public testing already, it shouldn't take too long for it to make its way to other channels of the Insider program.

If you haven't yet, you can download the experimental releases of Edge here, with versions available for Windows 7 and later as well as macOS.

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