Yesterday at Build, Microsoft talked a lot more about its new browser, codenamed Project Spartan, that will ship alongside Windows 10 this summer. The browser, officially called Edge, will feature support for the latest web standards and technologies as well as extensions, a feature lauded by many.
Unfortunately, that extension support won’t be available from the get go as Edge is expected to receive a number of feature updates even after RTM and the Windows 10 launch. The news, as mentioned by Windows Central, comes straight from one of Microsoft’s developer sessions.
Extensions have been for a long time a feature that set apart IE from the competition due to its barely existing support for such add-ons. Meanwhile Chrome was and still is widely seen as the browser to get if you need third party features. But Microsoft wants all of that to change when Edge will receive an update that will enable extension support, sometime later this year.
And the company is serious about supporting its new browser and making sure developers port their extensions to Edge. Microsoft put a lot of effort in ensuring that Chrome and Firefox extensions can be easily integrated into Edge with only a few small code changes.
There’s no clear timetable for when the browser will receive extensions, but Edge will receive a number of upgrades and new features through the Windows Store so the browser can only get better in time