Latest Microsoft Edge Dev channel update brings improvements for PDF reading

Arif Bacchus

Microsoft Edge Dev

Another Tuesday in the week means it’s time for another Microsoft Edge Dev update. This week, the latest release is coming in at build 90.0.789.1. There’s nothing major to report with this one, but we do have a look at everything you need to know if you’re installing it.

First off, the added features. Microsoft has added options for a simplified right-click menu for PDFs. However, actual changes to the right-click menu are still being rolled out, so these settings may not be functional yet.

Anyway, also new is a management policy for Quick View Office Files Enabled. This controls whether or not Office files can be opened directly in Edge instead of being downloaded, and for Application Guard Favorites Sync Enabled to control whether or not Application Guard windows should have access to the same set of Favorites as non-Application Guard windows.

Now, for the reliability and changed behaviors. There’s quite a lot this month. Microsoft has fixed a hang on shutdown that may prevent Edge from opening correctly. They’ve also fixed an issue with vertical tabs where pinned tabs are always expanded when the vertical tabs pane is expanded. Peek below for some of the other things you need to know about this release and see the full list here at Microsoft.

  • Fixed an issue on Mac running on ARM where all tabs immediately crash as soon as they’re opened.
  • Fixed a crash when refreshing a page.
  • Fixed a crash when exiting fullscreen.
  • Fixed a crash when interacting with the Shopping popup.
  • Fixed a crash when dragging and dropping Favorites.
  • Fixed a crash when using Family Safety.
  • Fixed an issue with vertical tabs where pinned tabs are always expanded when the vertical tabs pane is expanded.
  • Fixed an issue where AV1 video sometimes becomes corrupted or drops frames.
  • Fixed an issue where links from outside applications sometimes open in a brand new browser profile instead of one of the existing ones.
  • Fixed an issue where Edge Taskbar shortcuts sometimes disappear.
  • Fixed an issue where shortcuts to PWAs or websites installed as apps sometimes don’t work.

As has been the theme for almost since forever, the known issues with this release are the same as in the past. Extensions might not work on Linux, ad blocking extensions might mess with YouTube, some tabs and extensions might give an error. You can check the full list at Microsoft, here.

We do have some other Edge news to note, too. As a reminder, the legacy version of Microsoft Edge is going to be removed from Microsoft 10 on April 13, 2021. Microsoft is also testing a personalized web widget for select Insiders, too.