New Microsoft Edge Dev updates brings Family Safety Settings and SmartScreen improvements

Kareem Anderson

Along with a healthy list of fixes, the Microsoft Edge Dev team managed to sneak in a few features that include a “Recently Closed” section to the browser as well as new Family Safety page to the settings menu, among other additions.

The latest Dev channel Edge build, version 08.0.453.2, which went live earlier today, brings the following test features to users this week:

  • Added a “Recently Closed” section to the History page.
  • Added the ability to use network provider location as a fallback for when a website requests location but the underlying OS has disabled access to its location API.
  • Added support for the Roaming Profile Location upstream Chromium management policy.
  • Added a page to Settings to manage Family Safety settings.
  • Added a management policy to hide the Family Safety Settings page.
  • Improved SmartScreen’s blocking of unsafe websites.
  • Improved SmartScreen’s blocking capabilities when pages have content from multiple sources.
  • Improved SmartScreen’s blocking capabilities for websites that redirect upon loading.
  • Improved messaging when syncing of certain data types is temporarily disabled.
  • Improved messaging on the Downloads management page for insecure downloads that have been blocked.

Perhaps, more importantly for some, the dev team pushed and updated users experiences with improvements to crashes when signing in, closing a PWA window, playing videos and even simply shutting the browser down, just to name a few.

  • Fixed an issue where users of certain security software packages will see all tabs fail to load with the error STATUS_ACCESS_VIOLATION. Previously, the only supported way to prevent this behavior was to uninstall that software.
  • Fixed a crash when signing into the browser.
  • Fixed a crash on browser shutdown.
  • Fixed a crash when importing settings from another browser.
  • Fixed a crash when closing a PWA window.
  • Fixed a crash when playing video.
  • Fixed an issue where exporting a Collection sometimes causes a browser crash.
  • Fixed a crash when a default search engine management policy is applied.
  • Fixed an issue where signing in or out of the browser sometimes crashes the Settings page.
  • Fixed an issue where certain DRM content, such as Amazon Music, doesn’t play on ARM devices.

This week’s dev update holds a list of improvements that is only matched by the number of Changed behaviors and Known issues that involve duplicate favorites, blacked out windows on certain hardware or improvements to PDF linking within the browser.

To see the full list of Changed behaviors and Known issues, users can head to here.