Oct 01 2019 11:27 AM
Oct 01 2019 11:27 AM
Hello insiders, today we’re releasing build 79.0.287.2 to the Dev Channel! There’s a lot in here, but we’re most excited to announce two long-awaited features: media autoplay blocking, and a more customizable new tab page!
You can find the media autoplay blocking setting under edge://settings/content/mediaAutoplay. While you’re in Settings, you may also want to check out some additions to Tracking Prevention. We now offer a list of all the trackers we’ve ever blocked, as well as a page of exceptions that will allow you to better customize your Tracking Prevention behavior.
On the new tab page, there are four big new features, some of which you’ve been asking for. First, the new tab page now supports dark theme. Next, you can scroll through previous Bing images of the day using the arrows at the bottom left of the page. While you’re scrolling, if you scroll down to the news feed, you’ll see that we added more personalization options. And finally, if you don’t want to see the news feed at all, now you don’t have to, because we added the option to turn it completely off!
In addition to those features, some of the other major changes that are worth mentioning include:
We expect to have one or two minor additions to this Dev build later this week which will increase the final part of the version number, but there shouldn’t be any new features added in those updates. And until next week, thank you all for using Edge and for sending us all your feedback and suggestions!
Oct 01 2019 12:22 PM
Oct 01 2019 01:07 PM
Oct 01 2019 01:29 PM
@josh_bodner The updates to the New Tab page are great, but in my personal opinion there is still one area where the New Tab page is sorely lacking - the quick links themselves. There is still no way to rearrange tiles, rename tiles, or have more than 7 tiles active at once.
The lack of those 3 core features undermines the usability of quick links quite a lot, as I (and many others) tend to use them for a curated list of very frequently visited sites. This serves a different purpose than the bookmarks bar and menus, but is very difficult to make good use of so far in Edge:
I do realize Edge is not pursuing customization at any cost in the sense that say, Vivaldi does - but I don't think there's a need for advanced features here like tile folders, custom icons or anything like that - just a solid, core feature set that makes the New Tab tiles actually usable rather than just keeping them for the sake of feature parity.
For what it's worth, Chrome has been terrible at this for a long time as well (recently starting to get a bit better) - whereas Firefox, Vivaldi and Opera have always handled the New Tab tiles in a very useful manner.
Thank you for your time!
Oct 01 2019 03:31 PM - edited Oct 01 2019 04:12 PM
@HotCakeX Yes, I have also tested this feature since it first appeared a month ago, and there are two pages where it works perfectly, CNN and Fox news (at least in my case), I know that many of you don't frequent those pages (neither do I, but they serve to demonstrate that this feature works).
Set the option to "Block", open two new tabs and copy and paste these links:
Now set the option to "Allow", open two new tabs again and copy and paste the links.
It seems that it doesn't work if you right click on the links and select the option "Open link in new tab", that's why it's important to open new tabs and copy and paste the links.
It still doesn't work on the most popular sites like YouTube, but I guess that will come later.
Oct 01 2019 05:51 PM
@josh_bodner Now that's a changelog! Great to see many bugs, a few I experienced, finally getting the whack.
Already sent a smiley, but a quick QOL feature: could we get a comma separator on this "trackers blocked" page? I think it'll be easier to read & understand how insane tracking has become.
Oct 01 2019 06:03 PM
Is Microsoft going to incorporate a stronger ad blocker in upcoming builds? If not, then this is an unusually titled item "Ads - block / allow" under Site Permissions.
When this is enabled, a tiny fraction of ads are blocked for normal users. This Setting toggle has gotta be renamed to "Intrusive ads" (and someone at MS should define "intrusive" so users know what this setting actually does), if more ad blocking isn't coming.
Just my two cents.
Oct 01 2019 06:47 PM
Absolutely love the new Office 365 integration with the New Tab! Most amazing feature I didn't know I needed... :)
Oct 01 2019 07:25 PM
Oct 01 2019 08:34 PM
Please, explain "broken". I do not nor ever have had any wheel scrolling issues in any Channel; seems same as ever, anywhere/everywhere. Please, describe "broken". Thanks very much. Oh & for me, this applies to both 18990 & 18362.
Oct 01 2019 08:34 PM
still seeing an issue where favorites in the favorites bar that have been moved, are back where they were moved from.
Oct 01 2019 09:04 PM - edited Oct 01 2019 09:06 PM
To be helpful to everyone;
The correct path for autoplay options is: Settings>site permissions>Media autoplay (Bottom of the list) & hit its arrow at the right to see the 3 choices available, Allow/Limit/Block.
@Others TO others & Alex
Its hard to grasp the shape of corners being a make-or-break issue.
Where is completely turn off News Feeds? All I seem to, still, have is Always or On Scroll