First Microsoft Edge Dev version 86 release brings lots of new features

Arif Bacchus

Right on the mid-week schedule, Microsoft has pushed out a new Edge Dev build. This time, coming in at version 86.0.587.0, there are lots of new features and fixes. Here’s a look at what you need to know about this first version 86 release from the Microsoft Edge Dev channel.

First off, there are the new features. Microsoft has added the ability to use a custom image as the new tab page background. Also new is the ability to add items to Collections from InPrivate windows. Importantly, for folks on ARM devices, Microsoft has also added support for Read Aloud on PDFs. Have a look below for the other newly added stuff.

  • Re-enabled support for searching in the sidebar in PDFs now that the functionality has been fixed.
  • Added a toggle to the InPrivate new tab page to always use Strict Tracking Prevention in InPrivate.
  • Added dark theme to the Pinning Wizard.
  • Added a button to delete certain address bar suggestions.
  • Added the ability to re-order extension buttons that are in the … menu via the keyboard.
  • Added a management policy for Enterprise Mode Site List Manager Allowed, which controls whether or not users can access the Enterprise Mode Site List themselves. Note that administrative templates will be updated later for all new policies.
  • Added a management policy for New Tab Page
  • Allowed Background Types to configure which types of images are allowed on new tabs.
  • Added a management policy to Force Sync.
  • Enabled support for the Chromium User Agent Client Hints Enabled management policy.
  • Enabled support for the Chromium Default Search Provider Context Menu Access Allowed management policy.
  • Re-enabled support for the Chromium management policy to Enable SHA-1 For Local Anchors.
  • Finished rolling out Picture Dictionary to all Canary and Dev users.

When it comes to reliability and changed behaviors, there’s quite a lot to this week. Some reliability fixes correct the issue where certain key combinations would crash the browser, where new tabs would crash, or where videos would cause the browser to crash. As for changed behavior, there’s a fix for issues with cookies, zoom controls being missing when changing the theme, and where hovering over UI such as the Favorites Bar shows corruption in the text. We’ve gathered some other reliability improvements and changed the behaviors below. You can check the full list here at Microsoft.

  • Fixed an issue where session restore doesn’t work, causing Edge to fail to restore tabs when recovering from a crash, using continuous browsing, restarting to apply an update, etc.
  • Fixed an issue where clicking Site Information button sometimes crashes the tab.
  • Fixed an issue where adding text to a Collection via the right-click menu crashes the tab.
  • Fixed an issue on Mac where using the touchbar when certain sites like Netflix are playing video crashes the tab.
  • Fixed an issue where certain management policies like those for SmartScreen weren’t being applies to devices being managed through Intune or another MDM solution. Note that domain joined devices weren’t affected.
  • Fixed an issue where hovering over UI such as the Favorites Bar shows corruption in the text.
  • Fixed an issue where the favicon of favorites on the Favorites Bar sometimes disappears.

Finally, there are known issues. There is one new one this week. Microsoft reports that users with certain hardware are seeing changes in scrolling behavior that are unintended. Other known issues from the past, such as not being able to watch videos in full screen, ad block extension messing with YouTube, duplicate favorites, all still persist, too.

That’s all for this week, but we do have some other Edge news to share. As we last reported, Microsoft recently published the Edge release schedule and added enterprise features to the Microsoft 365 roadmap.