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Latest Microsoft Edge brings security improvements, updated PDF policies to all

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Microsoft has released the latest version of Edge stable version. The new version, 113.0.1774.35, brings improvements to Edge's enhanced security mode, a new EdgeUpdater for macOS, new policies for PDF viewing and Microsoft Root Store.

The full changelog is given below:

Feature update

  • Improvements to downloads security. Microsoft Edge now has the capability to scan archives (.zip, .rar, .7z) for any malwares using Microsoft Defender SmartScreen. This functionality is currently available on Windows only and provides extra protection where known malwares were being distributed within these archives.

  • Improvements to enhanced security mode. Enhanced security mode provides an extra layer of protection when browsing the web and visiting unfamiliar sites. In this release updates include consolidating the security level settings to Balanced and Strict mode.

  • Switch from Microsoft Autoupdate to EdgeUpdater for macOS. Microsoft Edge for macOS will start using a new updater named EdgeUpdater. This change only affects Microsoft Edge on macOS. If you use update preferences for Microsoft Autoupdate to prevent browser updates, you will need to transition to the new EdgeUpdater UpdateDefault policy before Microsoft Edge 113 to prevent future automatic updates.

  • New policy for PDF View Settings. The RestorePdfView policy lets Admins control PDF View Recovery in Microsoft Edge. When enabled or if the policy isn't configured, Microsoft Edge will recover the last state of PDF view and land users on the section where they ended reading in the last session.

  • Updated Microsoft Root Store policy. The MicrosoftRootStoreEnabled policy will now be supported in Microsoft Edge version 113 and 114. It will be removed in Microsoft Edge version 115.

Policy updates

New policies

  • RestorePdfView - Restore PDF view
  • EnforceLocalAnchorConstraintsEnabled - Determines whether the built-in certificate verifier will enforce constraints encoded into trust anchors loaded from the platform trust store
  • ReadAloudEnabled - Enable Read Aloud feature in Microsoft Edge
  • ShowDownloadsToolbarButton - Show Downloads button on the toolbar
  • TabServicesEnabled - Tab Services enabled

You may find more details about these policies on Microsoft's official website here.

Update: Microsoft added "Improvements to downloads security" in its feature update.

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