Roadmap for PDF reader in Microsoft Edge

Microsoft

Over the course of last year, we worked hard on building a powerful PDF reader that offers compatibility, reliability, and security for you and your organization.

 

The feedback we received from you from the Edge Insider builds has been really encouraging, and here are some of the most asked features that are available today, across Windows, Mac, and Linux:

 

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Reading and Navigation:

  • Table of Contents enables you to view the contents of PDF files and navigate to different parts seamlessly, improving your productivity.
  • Page view enables you to view the PDF file in a book format, with the option to view the cover page separately.
  • Caret mode lets you navigate through your PDF files and select text directly through your keyboard by enabling Caret mode by pressing F7.
  • Accessibility support including keyboard accessibility, screen reader support, and capability to view PDFs in high contrast mode.
  • Fill basic PDF forms directly in the browser. (Please note that XFA forms are currently not supported)

 

Annotation tools:

  • Ink on PDF files with colors and stroke width of your choice.
  • Text notes can be added quickly to text in the file to jot down thoughts for easy reference later.
  • Create highlights with Highlight mode enables you to draw attention to parts of the PDF that you find interesting. With Highlight mode, you can now create highlights directly by selecting text, as you would do with a highlighter and paper.
  • In-context annotations opens a quick menu right when you select text on PDF files, enabling you to take quick actions as highlight, copy without losing context.

 

Enterprise and Education:

  • Read Aloud is now supported on PDF documents. You can use it either to retain focus while reading through it or to listen to PDF documents while multitasking!
  • Dictionary and search through in-context menu keeps helps you understand the content and research better, while keeping you in context.
  • Open Microsoft Information Protection (MIP) and Information Rights Management (IRM) protected PDFs and view permissions seamlessly within Microsoft Edge, without the need of any add-ins. MIP adds a layer of security to your documents. It ensures that only the users who have certain permissions such as view, copy, annotate can take those actions on the file. Hence, no matter where the document goes, the data of your organization remains secure.
  • Viewing MIP files protected in other tenants: This will enable you to view the files protected in other organizations, or in other tenants in the organization.
  • Certificate based Digital Signatures, which is currently under preview allows you to view and validate digital signatures present on PDF documents directly in the browser.

 

Here are the features we’re currently working on:

  • View recovery: On re-opening a PDF file, reach your last-read location easily.
  • File preview of PDF files in File Explorer and Outlook
  • Add text box annotations: Add text boxes to fill forms, or take notes on PDFs
  • Validate Certificate based Digital Signatures: We’re currently working on adding support for signatures with long-term validity.

 

Further down the line:

  • Viewing labels of protected files
  • Digital Signatures:
    • Validating ETSI signatures
    • Add Digital Signatures
  • Accessibility improvements: Advanced capability to fill forms and navigate through a PDF document using screen readers.

We are actively looking at feedback from you about the features you find important.

Please feel free to comment below or submit detailed feedback through the browser by going to " ... menu > Help and feedback > Send feedback”.

123 Replies

Hi @Aditi_Gangwar, could you give an update on when the "view digital signatures" option will be available and no longer under review?

Regards, Francisco

Hi @Aditi_Gangwar,

 

Thank you for posting this information.  Are you able to confirm if the support of PDF portfolios is on the roadmap?  I have recently worked with one of my clients to enhance a web application to be compatible with Edge and now we are unable to display embedded PDF portfolios.  We don't want to prompt our users to download the files due to the sensitivity of the data.  From a little research, it appears that a number of others are experiencing this same issue.

 

Many thanks,

 

Dan

@Aditi_Gangwar - PDF anchor / bookmarks with # are NOT working in Edge if there is a space in the anchor/bookmark name, see below for examples:

 

Works (navigates to page 61)

https://webgis.east-ayrshire.gov.uk//webgis2022_test/DownloadPDF/LDP%202015%20Vol%201%20with%20Desti...

 

Does NOT Navigate to Correct Page (BUT works in FF/Chrome)

https://webgis.east-ayrshire.gov.uk//webgis2022_test/DownloadPDF/LDP%202015%20Vol%201%20with%20Desti...

 

 

Would this feature request include being able to scroll one page at a time with the whole page in view on screen? This is sorely needed.