Microsoft's Edge roadmap reveals history sync coming this summer, Linux support coming

Recently, Microsoft updated its public roadmap for its still-new Edge browser, which is based on Chromium. There's quite a bit on there, from minor fixes to major things like support for Linux.

Two specific things are new. The ability to navigate a PDF via a table of contents is now under review, and the tab preview feature from Edge Legacy is now in discussion. As 'in review' and 'in discussion' suggest, neither is a commitment to actually building out the features.

But there's a whole bunch of stuff on the list that Microsoft is committing to. There are four features listed as coming in February:

  • Favorites sync issues, including sync not working, deleted favorites reappearing, and favorites being duplicated
  • Enable sync of installed browser extensions between devices
  • Option to set a custom photo as the New Tab Page background photo
  • Need for better handling of links when there is more than one profile

There's one feature planned for the summer:

  • Enable sync of browsing history between devices

It's no surprise that extension syncing is coming this month, since it's already in testing in the Canary channel. It's a bit disappointing, however, that we'll have to wait until the summer for history syncing.

There are also a bunch of features that are listed as planned, but without a timeline:

  • Edge cannot find devices to cast media
  • Make Edge available on Linux
  • Support read aloud of PDF files
  • Provide option to keep specific cookies when choosing to clear browsing data on close
  • Provide an option to add a share button to the tool bar
  • Add the ability to ink on web pages
  • Touchpad two-finger scrolling is sometimes triggering a right click instead
  • Provide different options for sorting favorites
  • Support themes from the Chrome Web Store
  • Provide an option to prevent auto-play of video and audio when you open a website

This is actually the only place where you'll find mention of Linux support for Edge. This is something that was teased at Build in May, and confirmed at Ignite in November, but people on the Edge team have always been a bit cagey on the subject.

Finally, there are a whole bunch of features that are in discussion and in review, and you can check out the full list here.

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