Edge with Chromium to get valuable new privacy and productivity features

Microsoft calls it IE mode and it will be integrated directly into the Chromium-powered Microsoft Edge via a tab.

Unless you have experienced the joy of hunting down a functional computer that hadn't been updated in a decade in order to file your expenses, you probably won't appreciate the new IE mode for its Edge browser introduced at Build 2019.

The Redmond-based tech giant is additionally working on a new feature called Collections that is created to help users cope with an Internet that can be overwhelming.

Additionally, Microsoft is adding three levels of privacy control to the browser: Unrestricted, balanced and strict. The browser comes with some interesting new feature ideas, like Collections which help you collect, save and organize content across the web. Users will thus be able to configure Edge with pre-defined privacy profiles suggested by Microsoft, and these include settings for trackers and cookies. This is the same code used by Edge's biggest rival, Google's Chrome web browser.

Microsoft Edge browser or I should say the Chromium-based Microsoft Edge is Microsoft's latest attempt to make its browser a viable option to consumers.

This means that, while the features will be debuting in Microsoft's Edge, we may see them in other browsers - such as Google Chrome - in the future.

Developers are also provided with an Internet Explorer mode for full IE11 compatibility for internal sites and apps, a feature that's supposed to come in handy particularly for enterprises who developed their own apps for employees. In the interest of giving customers more choice and transparency, It will be offering additional privacy controls.

Microsoft confirmed that these features will be coming to the new Microsoft Edge browser but we don't know as to when the company will push them to the public. For example, it revealed Fluid Framework, which the company claims is "a developer technology for building a new class of shared, interactive experiences on the web". There's also an integration with the Microsoft Office suite of productivity apps, Microsoft said.

Microsoft said these features and more will be rolling out in preview builds over time as they get closer to the broader launch of Edge.


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