Microsoft releases Edge Extension Toolkit for Windows 10, helps devs port extensions from Chrome

Mark Coppock

One of the more important new features in the Windows 10 Anniversary Update are Edge extensions, which allow developers to add functionality to the browser in a variety of very useful ways. A handful of developers have published a few very nice Edge extensions so far, but there are far fewer in the Windows Store than exist for, say, Google’s Chrome browser.

However, one of the nicer aspects of Microsoft’s implementations of extensions in Edge is that they’re very similar to how Chrome extensions are written. Therefore, converting a Chrome extension to Edge is allegedly a fairly simple process. As WalkingCat has revealed on Twitter, it appears that Microsoft is well aware of the easy by which developers can port Chrome extensions to Edge, and the company has released a new Windows 10 app for just that purpose.

According to the app’s description in the Windows Store:

This toolkit allows developer to convert a Chrome extension to run on Microsoft Edge in the Windows 10 Anniversary Update (14393.10) edition. The tool creates the necessary JSON manifest entries and bridges the chrome.* APIs to the browser.* APIs supported on Microsoft Edge, polyfiling where necessary.

Edge Extension Toolkit screenshot
Edge Extension Toolkit screenshot.

The app is for Windows 10 PCs only, and not a great deal more information is available about it yet. However, if you’re a developer who’s been itching to port an extension to Edge from Chrome, then here’s your chance. Give the app a try, and let us know in the comments how it works out.