Microsoft Edge v99 hits Dev Channel with multiple new features focusing on security | #firefox | #chrome | #microsoftedge

The Microsoft Edge development team has released version 99 of the web browser in the Dev Channel. The experimental iteration of the browser is officially tagged build 99.0.1131.3. Incidentally, the new version is only meant for Windows, and will not be available for macOS, confirmed Microsoft.

Edge v99 heading to Dev Channel indicates that version 98 will be shifting to the Beta channel. Currently, the ‘Stable’ version of the browser is on version 97.0.1072.62. As Microsoft has adopted a four-week update schedule for its browser, users can expect v98 to arrive early next month. The v99 of the web browser should head over to the Stable Channel in March.

According to the official page of the Dev Build of Microsoft Edge, the browser has received the following new features:

  • Added the ability to manually set which profile certain websites open in via edge://settings/profiles/multiProfileSettings.
  • Added the ability to edit saved passwords from the initial dialog to save them.
  • Added an option to the right-click menu to open links in new Application Guard windows when Application Guard is available.
  • Added info to the Edge Bar settings page informing users which extensions they have installed that are preventing the use of the Edge Bar.
  • Management policies (note that updates to documentation and administrative templates may not have happened yet):
    • Added a management policy to control if Address Bar Editing is Enabled.
    • Added support on mobile for disabling autofill via management policy.
  • Developer:
    • Added support for custom formats on the clipboard (Chromium Issue 106449).
    • Added support for the WebView2 API BasicAuthenticationRequested, which was previously in the experimental state (Issue 120).
    • Added support for the dual-screen web developer APIs CSS Foldables and Viewport Segments that were previously in the Experimental stage.

In addition to the new features – which clearly focus on security and safety – there are other improvements to reliability and performance as well. Microsoft claims it has managed to bring down the number of known issues. The company has indicated that the majority of issues pertain to ad-blocking extensions, tabs crashing with a specific error, problems with Kaspersky Internet Suite, and wobbling when scrolling.




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