Microsoft today updated its November “What’s New in Web Experiences” blog series, detailing all the features introduced in browsers this month. These features include many shopping feature improvements for the upcoming Christmas shopping season, as well as improvements to the PDF reading experience, and more.
For the upcoming Christmas shopping season, Microsoft focused on optimizing the shopping experience based on new features last month. The first is the coupon feature for desktop and mobile (currently iOS only), which automatically displays available coupons when you visit certain e-commerce sites such as Dell and Best Buy. It also helps automatically compare prices between multiple retailers, saving users the energy to browse multiple websites.
Another new feature is the “Deals” feature of the new tab. Users can click on the plus sign on the new label and enable the feature from the Popular Sites list to get the latest retailer discounts. The new tab now features voice search. Currently, price comparison and trading functions are limited to U.S. users.
Bing in some areas also offers new features to make shopping easier during the holidays. These include upgraded “Deal” and new shopping centers that can display items currently being promoted by brand.
Bing also offers a new “Shop the Look” feature that lets you use visual search technology to organize a list of items based on a user’s search. The Shopping tab also displays comprehensive product details for selected products that users can select to track prices and add them to their wish list.
In the browser itself, web Capture was launched this month. This feature allows users to capture screenshots of web pages and annotate or draw them, which is where the classic Edge is known. The company will add a feature later this month that captures screenshots of entire pages, which is currently being tested on the Canary and Dev channels. The browser also adds support for PDF text comments to the highlighted text.