On the second of August Microsoft has finally rolled out the Anniversary Update for all Windows 10 Users. This is the second big update for Microsoft’s latest operating system and it is available on PC’s Tablets and Phones. Along With Windows 10 Microsoft had introduced Edge which should replace Internet Explorer sooner or later. While in the initial version of Windows 10 you might not have expected Edge to be a full feature rich browser anytime soon, the Anniversary Update is delivering a lot of new features for it.
One of the most requested features for Microsoft Edge have been the support of extensions. While the company has finally added AdOns with the Anniversary update along with a couple of other features for Microsoft Edge, this is kind of like the app situation on Windows 10 Mobile. Extensions are supported, they are looking great and are working just fine, however now the company needs developers who are willing to bring their extensions also to Microsoft’s new browser.
In order to do that Microsoft has done a few comparisons between different browser showing the advantages of Microsoft Edge compared to competitors. Back in june the company published a power efficiency comparison which declared Edge as the winner. Similar tests by other tech websites brought the same result. With these tests the company tried to convince consumers to switch over to their browser, they are even showing notifications for Chrome users that Google’s browser is using too much energy. However, now the company needs to convince developers how they can easily continue development to so that their existing extensions are working in Edge.
Therefor the company has released the Chrome Extensions Converter app today for Windows 10. The app allows you to open an existing Chrome extensions and, like the name suggests, to convert it in order to let it run in Microsoft Edge. Here is what Microsoft has added in the description of the app:
This toolkit allows developer to convert a Chrome extension to run on Microsoft Edge in the Windows 10 Anniversary Update (14393.10) edition. The tool creates the necessary JSON manifest entries and bridges the chrome.* APIs to the browser.* APIs supported on Microsoft Edge, polyfiling where necessary.
The app can be downloaded for free from the Windows app store and is currently available for all different Windows platforms: Desktop, Tablet, Mobile, Xbox, Holographic and Surface Hub. Feel free to drop us a comment below with your thoughts on this universal Windows app if you are a developer and stay tuned for more Microsoft related news in the future.
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