When Microsoft had released their new operating system for Desktop PC’s and Tablets the company bundled also a new browser with it, Microsoft Edge. The new browser does included far more modern web technology and is supporting more web standards to bring the best web experience for all Windows Users without the need of downloading a third browser. This is also confirmed by various bench mark tests which you can do also with your Edge browser if you are running Windows 10 already on various websites throughout the web.
However, a browser does not only need the latest web standards implemented but also some basic features which other browsers and even Internet Explorer does have already, but Microsoft has not implemented in Microsoft Edge yet since it is a totally new browser and they are building that up from scratch. The feature, the Windows Insider Community is probably asking for the most, is the ability to get extensions working in Microsoft Edge. Currently there is no support of extensions at all in Microsoft’s new browser but that should change very soon. Maybe we are getting extensions even sooner than we have thought.
The image above shows a screenshot of an official Microsoft website which can not be visited anymore but was available for a little while. The site has shown off Microsoft Edge with two extensions, a pin.it and a Reddit extension, meanwhile Microsoft has taken down the website already and if you visit the website now you are just getting displayed a 404 Error and an explanation that this web app is not available anymore.
The Twitter User Walking Cat had discovered this website originally and he is also stating that these extensions for Microsoft Edge will be easily portable from Google’s Chrome browser with some minor changes. So that might be the same step which Microsoft wanted to go with the Windows 10 Mobile Apps already, in order to avoid that nobody is developing any apps or extensions for your platform just make it ridiculously easy to import them from other platforms of they are existing there already. However, it is of course great that Microsoft is going with the WebExtensions Standard here which is not only used by Google for their Chrome browser but also by Mozilla for their Firefox browser for example.
Comparing Edge version vs. Chrome version of same extension, basically substitute “chrome” with “msBrowser”, add few minor changes, done.
— WalkingCat (@h0x0d) December 10, 2015
Originally the release of extensions for Microsoft Edge was set for the November Update, however it seems that Microsoft has experienced some problems with this feature back then since they announced a later release a new release date, which will be 2016. So not specific date for this feature yet, however if you are part of the Windows Insider Community and you are still installing new Windows 10 Builds you are good to go, to be one of the first wo be able to test them.
Feel free to drop me a comment below with your thoughts on the extensions feature for Microsoft Edge and what you think is still missing in Microsoft’s modern universal Browser apart from extensions. Stay tuned for more Microsoft related news in the future.
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