It is a new week, which means it is time for a new Microsoft Edge Dev build. While the Redmond giant had recently begun releasing Dev builds on every Tuesday, today’s build is delayed by a couple of days considering the usual schedule. The firm is releasing build 84.0.522.5 to the Dev channel, which it says could be the final build for this version before version 85 is served to the Dev branch, save for a few possible patches.
As for today's updates, there are a few new additions such as the addition of 'Read Aloud' for PDFs, ability to translate full pages in Immersive Reader. Another nifty feature is in Collections, where text saved to a Collection will take users back to the section of the webpage where that text was copied from. There are a few new features for Mac users as well.
Here is the full list of new features:
- Added support for Read Aloud in PDFs.
- Added support for full page translation in Immersive Reader.
- Added the ability for text saved to a Collection to take you back to the location on the webpage it came from.
- Added back support for the Chromium “Force Dark Mode for Web Contents” flag.
- Enabled Shy UI on Mac.
- Added support for the F6 key to change focus on Mac.
As with all releases, there are a bunch of improvements to reliability and changed behavior. Here is the list of reliability improvements:
- Fixed an issue where certain types of videos like HEVC don’t play properly.
- Fixed an issue where webpages with videos sometimes hang.
And here is a long list of fixes for changed behavior:
- Fixed an issue where attempting to save an edited PDF brings up the “Save As” dialog every time it’s saved instead of silently saving.
- Fixed an issue where the Find on Page popup sometimes gets stuck and can’t be interacted with.
- Fixed an issue where history entries in the Jumplist sometimes aren’t cleared after closing the browser when history is set to be cleared on close.
- Fixed an issue where favorites on the Favorites Bar sometimes forget that they’re supposed to be icon only.
- Fixed an issue where extensions that allow keyboard shortcuts to be set aren’t able to have those shortcuts be changed on edge://extensions/shortcuts.
- Fixed an issue where autofill popups sometimes appear when they shouldn’t with incorrect suggestions.
- Fixed an issue where browser profiles associated with a work or school account are sometimes unintentionally signed out or removed.
- Fixed an issue on Mac where languages on the Language Settings page sometimes can’t be selected to “Offer to translate pages in this language”.
- Fixed an issue where starting Read Aloud on certain pages leaves Edge in a state where Read Aloud can’t be stopped even though there’s nothing to read.
As will all releases, there a list of known issues. Here are the known issues in this build:
- Tabs sometimes appear squished or too small, even when there are only a few of them. This is most often caused by clicking a link in a different program that opens a new tab in Edge, and can usually be fixed by changing the size of the tab band, for example by resizing the window.
- Users of the Kaspersky Internet Suite who have the associated extension installed may sometimes see webpages like Gmail fail to load. This failure is due to the main Kaspersky software being out of date, and is thus fixed by making sure the latest version is installed.
- Some users are seeing favorites get duplicated after we made some previous fixes in that area. The most common way this is triggered is by installing the Stable channel of Edge and then signing into it with an account that has already signed into Edge before. Fixing this should be easier now that the deduplicator tool is available. However, we’ve also seen duplication happen when running the deduplicator on multiple machines before either machine has a chance to fully sync its changes, so while we wait for some of the fixes we’ve made to come to Stable, make sure to leave plenty of time in between runs of the deduplicator. We hope that this will be improved now that version 81 is released to Stable.
- After an initial fix for it recently, some users are still experiencing Edge windows becoming all black. Opening the Browser Task Manager (keyboard shortcut is shift + esc) and killing the GPU process usually fixes it. Note that this only appears to affect users with certain hardware and is most easily triggered by resizing an Edge window.
- Some users are seeing “wobbling” behavior when scrolling using trackpad gestures or touchscreens, where scrolling in one dimension also causes the page to subtly scroll back and forth in the other. Note that this only affects certain websites and seems to be worse on certain devices. This is most likely related to our ongoing work to bring scrolling back to parity with Edge Legacy’s behavior, so if this behavior is undesirable, you can temporarily turn it off by disabling the edge://flags/#edge-experimental-scrolling flag.
- There are some issues where users with multiple audio output devices sometimes don’t get any sound from Edge. In one case, Edge becomes muted in the Windows Volume Mixer and unmuting it fixes it. In another, restarting the browser fixes it.
For those in the Beta channel, this build should be released soon which will bring the version up from 83 to 84. That channel gets a new build every six weeks, with the last being released on April 23. It is likely that the Dev branch will move to version 85 with the next release.
As usual, the update will be automatically served to Edge Dev users. However, you can also head into the ellipsis menu > Help and feedback > About Microsoft Edge to check for updates and force start the download.