Minor Edge Dev build 87.0.637.0 out now with one new feature and a few fixes

Microsoft released the first Edge 87 build to the Dev channel last week, bringing a few new features such as the downloads option prompt, table of contents for PDFs, and more. Along with version 87 making it to the Dev channel, version 86 was also promoted to the Beta channel last week.

Today, the firm has released a minor update to the Dev channel bumping up the build to 87.0.637.0. Though this is just the second release of a major new version, there is just one new feature that brings the ability to swipe down on a touchscreen to enable Shy UI.

In addition to the single feature, the firm also noted in the feedback summary that it has rolled out the password generator feature that suggests strong passwords automatically for users. As usual, there are the usual fixes for reliability and changed behavior, accompanying the singular new feature.

Here is the single feature that was added:

  • Added the ability to swipe downward on touchscreens to activate Shy UI.

Here are a couple of updates made to improve the reliability of the browser:

  • Fixed a crash due to sync.
  • Fixed an issue where changing the browser’s theme and then using Shy UI crashes the browser.

And the list of fixes to combat changed behavior includes the following:

  • Fixed an issue where the Cookies and Site Permissions Settings page is blank.
  • Fixed an issue where the Collections pane is sometimes blank.
  • Fixed an issue where right-clicking on items in the right-click menu doesn’t select them.
  • Fixed an issue where some websites like Kaltura show an error that the browser is blocking 3rd party cookies.
  • Fixed an issue where attempting to enter Immersive Reader results in an error on certain pages.
  • Fixed an issue where using the Save As option when downloading a file causes the file location prompt to show the same folder every time it first opens instead of the most recently used folder.
  • Fixed an issue where translating content on a page with multiple languages sometimes gives an error that the language it’s being translated to is the same as the current language, even though there is some text on the page that can be successfully translated.
  • Fixed an issue where uninstalling a website installed as an app from outside of Edge (for example, from the Control Panel) sometimes doesn’t cause the app to be removed from Edge’s list of Apps.
  • Fixed an issue where Caret Browsing stays enabled after the browser is closed.

As is always the case, the release comes with a list of known issues that users should be aware of. Most of these have been carried from the previous build. 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 https://techcommunity.microsoft.com/t5/articles/known-issue-adblock-causing-errors-on-youtube/m-p/14... 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 seeing favorites get duplicated after we made some previous fixes in that area. The most common way this is triggered is by installing the Stable channel of Edge and then signing into it with an account that has already signed into Edge before. Fixing this should be easier now that the deduplicator tool is available. However, we’ve also seen duplication happen when running the deduplicator on multiple machines before either machine has a chance to fully sync its changes, so while we wait for some of the fixes we’ve made to come to Stable, make sure to leave plenty of time in between runs of the deduplicator.
  • After an initial fix for it recently, some users are still experiencing Edge windows becoming all black. Opening the Browser Task Manager (keyboard shortcut is shift + esc) and killing the GPU process usually fixes it. Note that this only appears to affect users with certain hardware and is most easily triggered by resizing an Edge window. For users with discrete GPUs, updating graphics drivers may help.
  • 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.
  • There are some issues where users with multiple audio output devices sometimes don’t get any sound from Edge. In one case, Edge becomes muted in the Windows Volume Mixer and unmuting it fixes it. In another, restarting the browser fixes it.

Users running Dev channel builds should be served the update automatically. However, users can also head into settings and check for updates manually from the ‘About Microsoft Edge’ page to pull the update. Thought today’s release is light on features, more should be on the way in subsequent builds.

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