Microsoft Edge 81 is available for download, what’s new?

by Kelvin
Microsoft Edge 81

Microsoft is rolling out a new version of its Edge browser. Microsoft Edge 81 is available for different environments including Windows and Mac.

This new version is numbered 81.0.416.53. It comes with several new features including “Collections” which have been tested on the Dev and Canary channels for several weeks now.

You can now collect and organize web pages as you navigate. On this subject, Redmond specifies

  

To this is added a reinforcement of security. The browser offers extension support in a container. We also have additional improvements in F12 Dev Tools supporting 10 new languages. Video consumers take advantage of their support for Dolby Vision playback.

Microsoft Edge 81, available under Windows and macOS

Bookmark management is enriched with new tools to better manage duplicates. Microsoft explains

Microsoft Edge 81 is available in different environments. The browser lands under Windows 7, Windows 8.1, Windows 10 and macOS. A Linux version has been announced but without an exact schedule.

Microsoft Edge 81 – Note version

  • Collections is now available. You can get started by clicking the Collections icon next to the address bar. This action opens the Collections pane where you can create, edit, and view Collections. We designed Collections based on what you do on the web. If you’re a shopper, a traveler, a teacher, or a student, Collections can help. Learn more.
  • Allow the removal (Hide from toolbar) of the Collections button from the Microsoft Edge toolbar for consistency.
  • On-prem Active Directory account auto sign in will only be targeted to organizations that turn it on. If users were already signed in with an on-prem AD account, they will be able to sign out of it. Users will only be automatically signed in with the primary account on their operating system if it’s an MSA or an Azure AD account. Admins can enable auto sign in with an on-prem AD account using the ConfigureOnPremisesAccountAutoSignIn policy.
  • Application Guard. Support extensions now available in the container.
  • Added a message to inform users that Internet Explorer isn’t installed when they navigate to a page that’s configured to open in Internet Explorer mode.
  • Updated the 3D View tool in Microsoft Edge DevTools with a new feature to help debug z-index stacking context. 3D View shows a representation of the DOM (Document Object Model) depth using color and stacking, and the z-Index view helps you isolate the different stacking contexts of your page. Learn more.
  • The F12 Dev tools are localized in 10 new languages, so they will match the language used in the rest of the browser. Learn more.
  • Added support for Dolby Vision playback. On Dolby Vision-enabled Windows 10 Build 17134 (April 2018 Update), websites can show Dolby vision content. See how to enable Dolby Vision content from Netflix.
  • Microsoft Edge can now identify and remove duplicate favorites and merge folders with the same name. To access the tool, click the star on the browser’s toolbar and select “Remove duplicate favorites”. You can that confirm changes and any updates to your favorites will be synced across devices.
  • We heard from users it can be difficult to distinguish a normal browsing window in dark theme from an InPrivate window since both window frames are dark. The new solid InPrivate blue pill in the top right corner helps reassure users they are browsing InPrivate.
  • Open external links in the correct browser profile. Select a default profile for links opened for external apps to open in from edge: // settings / multiProfileSettings.
  • Added a warning that alerts users who sign into a browser profile with an account after being previously signed in with another account. This warning will help prevent unintentional data merging.
  • If you have payment cards saved in your Microsoft account, you can use them in Microsoft Edge while filling out payment forms. The cards in your Microsoft account will sync across desktop devices and the full details will be shared with the website after two-factor authentication (CVC code and your Microsoft identity.) For further convenience, you can choose to securely save a copy of the card on the device during authentication.
  • Line Focus is designed for users who like to focus on a limited part of the content as they read. It lets users keep the focus on one, three, or five lines at a time and dims out the rest of the page to let users read without distraction. Users can scroll using touch or arrow keys and the focus shifts accordingly.
  • Microsoft Edge is now integrated with Windows Speller on Windows platforms 8.1 and above. This integration provides greater language support, with access to more language dictionaries and the ability to use Windows custom dictionaries. There’s no further action needed from the users when a language has been added in the OS language settings. Also, a language spellcheck toggle is enabled in Microsoft Edge settings.
  • When PDF documents are opened using Microsoft Edge, users will now be able to create highlights, change color, and delete highlights. This feature helps in referencing important parts of the document later, and for collaboration.
  • When loading long PDF documents that have been optimized for web, the pages being viewed by the user will be loaded faster, parallelly, while the rest of the document is loading.
  • Now it’s easier to start the Immersive Reader for a website by just pressing the F9 key.
  • Now it’s easier to start Read Aloud by using a keyboard shortcut (Ctrl + Shift + U).
  • Added an MSI command line parameter that lets you suppress Desktop icon creation when you install Microsoft Edge. The following example shows how to use this new parameter:
    MicrosoftEdgeEnterpriseX64.msi DONOTCREATEDESKTOPSHORTCUT = true
    There will be a group policy to support this functionality in an upcoming release.


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