Microsoft’s Edge Insider browser to get autoplay media blocker soon

Laurent Giret

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Microsoft’s new Chromium-based Edge Insider browser will soon get the same autoplay media settings that are currently available in Edge UWP on Windows 10. Kyle Pflug from the Microsoft Edge team confirmed on Twitter yesterday that the feature was coming, adding that it will have “global and per-site setting” matching what’s currently available in Edge UWP.

Following the release of the Windows 10 October 2018 Update, Microsoft finally allowed Edge users to control whether sites can autoplay media. The option is currently available in “Advanced Settings,” and it’s a pretty great feature in an era when more and more websites use autoplaying video ads.

More control over autoplay videos isn’t the only Edge UWP feature that Microsoft wants to bring to the new Chromium-based Edge. The software giant is also working to implement more syncing options including history, open tabs, and other settings, and improving scrolling performance is another big focus for the Edge Insider team. Lastly, we learned at Build last month that the new browser would get a Fluent Design update, as well as a new Collections feature, additional privacy controls, and a new IE mode.