New Edge Canary build brings new UI for downloads

Microsoft is readying a new UI for downloads in the Chromium-based Edge browser, and if you're an Edge Insider in the Canary channel, you can test it right now. With the latest version of the browser, you'll notice that new downloads no longer show up in a download bar at the bottom of the browser window.

Instead, they'll now show up in a small pop-up just below the toolbar, which shows all the ongoing and most recent downloads. You can also choose to see more downloads to see your download history without going to a new tab. The pop-up window also includes the ability to search in your downloads or open your downloads folder in File Explorer.

The new UI is in line with the redesigned experiences of the Favorites and History sections that Microsoft has brought out in the past couple of months. Just like with those, you can pin the entire download history to the side of the browser window so they're always accessible, or you can pin an icon to the toolbar so the list is only visible when you need it.

We noticed the change on build 90.0.784.0 of Edge, which is only available in the Canary channel right now, though based on our testing on multiple machines, it doesn't seem t be available for everyone. It shouldn't take long for it to come to the Dev channel, but those running Beta or stable builds will likely have to wait a while longer. If you want to know about other features coming to Edge, Microsoft recently published a new roadmap for the browser.

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