Microsoft has finally enabled global media controls for the latest Edge Canary build

Among the best new features Google's been working on for the Chrome browser recently is the addition of global media controls, which let you manage playback from all tabs playing audio or video from a single location. Microsoft was spotted testing its own implementation last month and the company has now officially pushed the change to Edge Canary.

When you update to the latest daily build for Edge Canary, being Version 78.0.249.0, you'll notice that whenever you open a tab with an audio component (naturally, this includes videos), you'll see a small play button in the browser's toolbar, besides your profile icon. Clicking on it will show a list of all tabs with media content, and allow you to pause/unpause playback on each tab, all from a single pane and without opening any of the apps themselves. It'll also pull in covert art directly from the tab and there's an option to skip to the next/previous track.

The same functionality was available on previous Canary builds; however, it required a rather convoluted workaround involving shortcut target links. Now, it's enabled by default and you can simply start playing around with it. The feature worked rather smoothly in our testing and also works in incognito mode.

Source: Leopeva64-2 (Reddit)

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