Microsoft Edge Dev channel updated with security settings, improved extension support

Arif Bacchus

Microsoft is fresh off the launch of its new Edge browser, but the work still continues on. Edge Insiders testing the Dev version of the browser can now look forward to a new update, pushing them up to build 81.0.396.0. This release is fairly minor but does come with some security settings and improved extension support.

We’ll start first with the new features: On this front, Microsoft has added a new dialog that will warn Edge Dev users when they’re visiting a website that uses out of date security settings. Also new is a setting to disable or enable automatic profile switching. Other new features include support for extensions inside Application Guard sessions and dialogue that will warn users when they sign into a browser profile with a different account than they’ve previously used.

Next, there are improvements: In this release, Microsoft has fixed an issue where navigating to certain websites sometimes crashes the browser. Also fixed is an issue where downloading certain items in IE mode causes a browser crash. Users experiencing problems with the new tab page will also be happy, as Microsoft has corrected the issue where the new tab page doesn’t load properly.

Moving on, you can have a look at some of the changed behaviors below. These range from reducing the height of the title bar for websites installed as PWAs, as well as a resolution for the issue where the profile button has an incorrect colored background. Other changes are below, and see the full list of changes here.

  • Improved the download status indicator on the Task Bar to only be visible on the icon of a window the download was started from instead of being visible on the icon of every window.
  • Fixed an issue where the address bar and dropdown appear white when the browser is in dark theme.
  • Fixed an issue where the profile picture on the profile Settings page sometimes doesn’t load properly.
  • Fixed an issue where dangerous websites blocked by SmartScreen aren’t blocked consistently.
  • Fixed an issue where the options to choose which data types to import during the first run experience don’t work and all data types are subsequently imported.

We’ll end by mentioning the known issues. These range from Edge windows becoming all black, multiple audio output devices sometimes not getting any sound from Edge, and a noticeable line between the browser UI and the web contents on certain zoom levels. You can read the full list of known issues here at Microsoft, and be sure to keep it tuned to OnMSFT for all your Edge news and information.