Latest Microsoft Edge Dev update introduces PDF reader and inking improvements

Arif Bacchus

As typical, another Tuesday in the month means another Edge Dev build from Microsoft. This time coming in at version 84.0.502.0, the latest release brings some PDF reader and inking improvements. Otherwise, there isn’t anything new and just minor tweaks and reliability fixes. Here’s a look at what you need to know.

Starting first with the new features, you’ll see that Microsoft has added the ability to exit ink/highlight mode in PDFs by hitting the Esc key on the keyboard, as well as a red PDF highlighter color. Some other new features cover saved payment cards, Read Aloud. Have a look below for more information:

  • Added a “don’t show again” option to the warning that appears when launching Edge with Administrator privileges.
  • Added security to the saved payment cards section of Settings by requiring extra authorization before editing a saved card.
  • Added the ability for Windows Information Protection for extend to the Share feature.
  • Added new Read Aloud voices.
  • Added checkboxes to the entries on the Favorites and History management pages.

Now, for the reliability and the changed behaviors. On this front, there are a lot of fixes for webpages and extensions crashing, videos appearing cut off, and situations for where websites are installed as apps. The list below explains some of these, and we remind you to check out the full details at Microsoft:

  • Fixed an issue where websites installed as apps sometimes uninstall themselves.
  • Fixed an issue where subsequent web pages from the same site sometimes can’t be installed as apps once one page from a site is.
  • Fixed an issue where the title bar for websites installed as apps is sometimes too short.
  • Fixed an issue with IE mode tabs where browser dialogs to log into websites are sometimes hidden.
  • Fixed an issue where IE mode tabs sometimes aren’t zoomed properly.
  • Fixed an issue where all webpages and extensions crash immediately upon load.
  • Fixed an issue where video on certain websites like Netflix sometimes doesn’t load properly.
  • Fixed an issue where viewing certain Settings pages crashes the browser.
  • Fixed an issue where right clicking a highlighted portion of a PDF crashes the browser.

Known issues are pretty much unchanged from the last few weeks. That includes problems where users of the Kaspersky Internet Suite who have the associated extension installed may sometimes see webpages like Gmail fail to load. There are also problems where favorites might get duplicates, where Edge windows might become black, and where there might be a “wobbling” behavior when scrolling using trackpad gestures or touchscreens. We hope that Microsoft will fix these known issues soon.