Microsoft today released the final Edge 95 build for the Dev channel, bringing version 95.0.1020.0 to users. The reason that this is the final build for version 95 for the Dev channel is that Edge now follows a condensed release timeline, with major version releases now happening once every four weeks. This is the build that is now expected to move to Beta channel users as the firm preps to move to the next major version.
As for today’s build, there are a couple of significant improvements. To begin with, Edge now defaults to the Windows 11-style design, bringing rounded corners and other updated design elements. On Windows 11, the browser supports translucent elements in the title bar and context menus as well. Up until now, these features have been hidden under an experimental flag. It must be noted, however, that the new design is still a work-in-progress, so there might be rough edges and inconsistencies.
The second major improvement comes in the way of support for view restoring for PDFs on Edge. The feature allows users to pick up PDFs from where they left them, meaning that Edge will now remember the page number, zoom state, and layout of the document, making it easy to read long PDF files and offering the reader in the browser as a viable alternative to other apps. For those that need it, there is an option to turn the feature off. The feature will ship to all users with Edge 95.
Other improvements being made with today’s build include the ability to annotate with a pen on screenshots captured through the in-build web capture tool, support for opening local files in the iOS version of the browser, and the addition of a few new management policies.
Here is the complete list of new features:
- Features enabled by default:
- Windows 11-style visual updates (note that these are still in development).
- The ability to annotate PDFs with freeform text. See https://techcommunity.microsoft.com/t5/articles/add-text-to-your-pdf-documents/m-p/2752561 for more details.
- The ability for PDFs to restore what page they were on when they are re-opened.
- The ability to annotate web captures with ink.
- Management policies (note that updates to documentation and administrative templates may not have occurred yet):
- Added a policy to control if Intranet File Links are Enabled, which controls if file: URLs located on intranet pages will open File Explorer.
- Enabled support for the policy from Chromium to control if Cross Origin Web Assembly Module Sharing is Enabled.
- Enabled support for the policy from Chromium to control if the Display Capture Permissions Policy is Enabled.
- Improved support for opening local files in the browser on iOS.
As usual, there are a bunch of bug fixes that are making it to the browser. Here are the changes that improve the reliability of the browser:
- Fixed a crash when using Password Generator.
- Fixed a crash when using the Web Widget.
- Fixed a crash when navigating in an IE mode tab.
- Fixed a crash when using Tab Groups.
- Fixed a crash when interacting with info bars.
- Fixed a crash when closing an autofill popup.
- Fixed a crash on startup.
- Fixed a crash when the device orientation changes.
- Fixed a crash when signing into the browser.
- Fixed a crash on older versions of iOS.
- Fixed an issue on Mac where checking for updates in Settings sometimes crashes Settings.
- Fixed an issue where certain applications installed on the device cause all tabs to crash as soon as they’re opened.
- Fixed a hang when opening Internet Explorer.
- Fixed a hang when closing the browser.
And here are the fixes that are aimed at addressing changed behavior:
- Fixed an issue on certain flavors of Linux where the browser won’t open.
- Fixed another issue where users are signed out of the browser after updating the browser.
- Fixed an issue where video volume sometimes gets reset to max.
- Fixed an issue where Favorites sometimes can’t be clicked.
- Fixed an issue where importing certain data from other browsers fails.
- Fixed an issue where Travel Search Assistance doesn’t appear when it should.
- Fixed an issue where Travel recommendations don’t appear in places they should.
- Fixed an issue where the Define card sometimes doesn’t disappear when it should.
- Fixed an issue where certain banner UI can’t be interacted with or closed.
- Fixed an issue where the link to try the HTTP version of a webpage on the error page that appears when the HTTPS version of the page isn’t available doesn’t actually try navigating to the HTTP version of the website.
- Fixed an issue where PDF titles as shown in the browser tab are garbled.
- Fixed an issue where pinned websites sometimes become unpinned after updating the browser.
- Fixed an issue on older versions of Windows where browser installation fails.
- Fixed an issue where free text annotation on PDFs doesn’t work at the edges of the page.
- Fixed an issue where download notifications sometimes aren’t shown in popup windows.
- Fixed an issue where Jumplist actions are missing from PWAs or websites installed as apps on Windows 11.
- Fixed an issue where InPrivate sometimes can’t be used.
- Fixed an issue where the sign in screen gets stuck when signing into the browser.
- Fixed an issue on Android where menus sometimes don’t work when another app is split-screen with the browser.
- Fixed an issue where passwords can’t be edited or deleted because nothing on the Passwords Settings page works.
- Fixed an issue where Rewards don’t work.
- Fixed an issue where the button to enter Immersive Reader sometimes isn’t visible when it should be.
- Obsoleted the management policy to control if Internet Explorer Integration Testing is Allowed.
Lastly, there are a bunch of known issues that users should be aware of, something that the firm always includes in these release notes. Here is the complete list:
- Users of certain ad blocking extensions may experience playback errors on YouTube. As a workaround, temporarily disabling the extension should allow playback to proceed. See this help article for more details.
- Some users are still running into an issue where all tabs and extensions immediately crash with a STATUS_INVALID_IMAGE_HASH error. The most common cause of this error is outdated security or antivirus software from vendors like Symantec, and in those cases, updating that software will fix it.
- 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 still seeing favorites get duplicated. This issue should be reduced now that automatic deduplication has been introduced into Insider channels, but we’re still rolling that out in Stable. We’ve also seen duplication happen when running the manual deduplicator on multiple machines before either machine has a chance to fully sync its changes, so make sure to leave plenty of time in between runs of the deduplicator.
- 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.
As is always the case with these builds, they are being released in a staggered fashion. While not all users will see the update show up, it should be served to all Dev channel users sooner rather than later. Additionally, with the release of today’s build, both Dev and Canary versions are now on the same version.