Microsoft is developing new features and improvements for The Edge browser, which uses the same Chromium code as Google Chrome, Opera and Brave. Because browsers use the same base code as Chrome, Microsoft can eventually focus on adding unique features to Edge rather than improving web compatibility.
Microsoft is also contributing to the open source Chromium project, with Edge engineers submitting more than 1,600 code in 2019. Some of these contributions include smooth scrolling, improved PWAs support, accessibility, ARM64 support, better performance, and more. Under the roadmap, Microsoft is developing some new features for Edge, including support for Chrome themes.
Microsoft Edge already has versions of Windows 10, 7, macOS, Android, iOS, and will release Linux later this year. Microsoft Edge already supports the Chrome extension of Google’s online store, and the browser will support chrome themes later this year.
Microsoft will allow users to install and use themes from the Chrome Web Store. Microsoft is conducting internal testing, but has encountered some obstacles. Micro already supports extended synchronization between devices in the Edge Dev version. In the summer, Microsoft Edge will also enable synchronization of browsing history between devices. The classic Microsoft Edge comes with its own unique ink support that allows users to use a stylus and perform many actions, such as highlighting, on a supported device. In the near future, the new version of Microsoft Edge will also be supported by Web Ink.
In addition, Microsoft Edge nifty version improvements include setting custom photos as a “new tab” background, aloud reading support for PDFs, clearing browsing data to keep specific cookies, easily preventing websites from automatically playing video and audio, and updating the toolbar with shared buttons. Microsoft is also considering user feedback on transparent themes, Fluent Design, the tab side features of the classic Edge, and Cortana integration in the Chromium Edge. The company currently has no plans to enable mouse gesture smare and Google account integration in Edge.