The first Microsoft Edge Dev version 90 build has arrived with “exciting new features”

Arif Bacchus

Microsoft Edge Dev

Microsoft just announced the release of the first version 90 release for the Edge Dev channel. At the same time, they’re also releasing version 89 to the Beta channel this week too.

There’s a lot to note with the Edge Dev release this week, including what Microsoft is apparently calling some “exciting new features,” as well as the usual fixes and improvements. As always, we have you covered with a look at everything you need to know.

First off, there are the added features. This week, Microsoft has improved on smoothness and latency when inking PDFs. They’ve also added the collections item to the ( . . .) menu in InPrivate windows since collections are now supported in InPrivate. In addition, they’ve Improved the Cookies In Use dialog to show more information about a given cookie. The lesser exciting features can be seen below.

  • Added a management policy to manage the Smart Actions Block List, which prevents certain context menu actions from being available, and for Windows Hello For HTTP Auth Enabled to control whether or not the basic credential prompt appears for NTLM or Negotiate. Note that updates to administrative templates or documentation may not be available yet.
  • Enabled support for the management policy from Chromium to configure the Managed Configuration Per Origin for websites installed as apps.

Now, for the all-important reliability and changed behaviors. Here, Microsoft has fixed a crash when copying a URL from the address bar. In addition, fixes also cover a crash when opening new tabs, using the Favorites or history popup, the Find On page, speech recognition, and sharing collections. Other changed behaviors and fixes are below.

  • Fixed a crash when using search engine shortcuts to search for something from the address bar.
  • Fixed an issue where multiple EdgeUpdate processes may be seen running at the same time in Windows Task Manager.
  • Fixed an issue where certain popups from IE mode tabs can become hidden, blocking all interaction with the window.
  • Fixed an issue where opening Edge via certain shortcuts causes manual updates to fail.
  • Fixed an issue where setting Autoplay settings to Block causes Read Aloud online voices to fail.
  • Fixed an issue where newly-opened tabs are blank.
  • Fixed an issue where certain trackpads cause scrolling to happen too fast.
    Disabled ShyUI in PWAs and websites installed as apps.
  • Fixed an issue where opening a PWA or website installed as an app sometimes results in two windows being opened: the regular app window but with no content, and a generic browser popup window with the content.
  • Fixed an issue where switching profiles in a PWA sometimes fails.
  • Fixed an issue where the Favorites or History menus sometimes appear in the wrong place on screen.
  • Fixed an issue where searching for a Setting sometimes doesn’t work.
  • Fixed an issue where there are sometimes duplicate Edge shortcuts on the Taskbar.
  • Fixed an issue where Immersive Reader shows up as eligible on certain websites it shouldn’t.
  • Fixed an issue where certain websites installed as apps have too big of an icon when their tile is pinned to the Start menu.
  • Fixed an issue where websites installed as apps are missing the … icon on their … menu button.
  • Fixed an issue where the save button when editing a Collection item is invisible.
  • Obsoleted the management policy for Stricter Mixed Content Treatment Enabled. Note that this policy hasn’t been functional since version 85.

Despite hitting version 90, the Known issues are the same as in the past few releases, with no new ones to note. Extensions might not work on Linux, ad blocking extensions might mess with YouTube, some tabs and extensions might give an error. You can check the full list at Microsoft, here.

As another reminder, if you’re an Edge insider, you also can enable a new extensions menu in the toolbar. There are also improvements to collections and downloads in the stable version of Edge, too.