Microsoft Edge introduces a beta version of Workspaces that allows sharing of browser tabs

Priya Walia

Microsoft Edge

In an official announcement Wednesday, Microsoft has unveiled that the Edge Workspace, which enables users to share collections of tabs with acquaintances, is now accessible as a public preview for home-based users. The feature initially appeared in an enterprise public preview during the October 2022 Ignite conference, targeting developers and IT professionals.

Edge Workspaces enables groups of individuals to synchronize their tab access by logging into their Microsoft account, ensuring streamlined collaboration.

“Today, we are excited to announce that we’re opening Edge Workspaces for a limited public preview. Edge Workspaces provides a great way for you to separate your browsing tasks into dedicated windows so you can stay focused and organized across tasks,” the Microsoft Edge Team said.

Workspaces can simplify a task or project, such as planning a journey, by providing a centralized location for all information. This eliminates the need for constant link-sharing between team members. Once members join a workspace, they can collaborate by adding new tabs, documents, and favorites. Furthermore, real-time updates allow for activity tracking and monitoring of shared browser tabs.

It is important to note that the collaborative browsing feature of Edge Workspaces does not entail screen-sharing or sharing of browser data among participants. Each participant can only view authorized content, and signing in with a Microsoft account is necessary to access Edge Workspaces.

As a result, every individual must utilize their credentials to log in, gain access to email or content, and ask for permission to view a Microsoft 365 document if they are not already authorized. The company has noted that Edge Workspaces will not disseminate confidential data such as cookies or credentials to other users accessing the workspace.

To access the Microsoft Edge Workspace public preview, certain requirements need to be taken into consideration:

  • First, ensure that you are logged in to your Microsoft account using Microsoft Edge version 111.0.1661.51 or a later version.
  • Second, there is a limit to the number of participants during this initial launch period. To adhere to this limitation, you will be given five invites to be shared with friends and family members.
  • Third, it’s important to note that the Edge Workspace feature is only accessible on Windows and macOS platforms. However, there are plans for expanding the group of testers in the upcoming months.

Should you meet these criteria, you’ll be able to enjoy an early look at the exciting new features. Moreover, Microsoft Edge has recently added a split-screen feature, which we have already reported.

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Via The Verge