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@josh_bodner @David Rubino et al

Having read the comments here since April, there is an observation which, can be made.  It suggests a view held in common by the majority of End Users & customers, be they Biz or Consumers.  And, it transcends what has been or was someones' browser... it's a matter of having good, well-liked, well-used features and abilities, period.  Some have not been adding to this Forum or using Edge C until recently.  Yet, whether, 'new', recent remarks or even, back to April...

There are some things people want to see & have in Edge C come January, 15th.  (Not because they are (just) ex-Edge (HTML) Folks, but, because it is good stufffor anyone! Good enough & desired enough not to be ignored, neglected, forgotten OR OMITTED!

 

With 2 weeks to go, it would be, REALLY, cool for the Edge Team to tell everyone Set aside, See all tabs, Thumbnail preview, Inking (Add notes) and the Share icon will be part of the Edge C. toolbar!

Things are things that allow people to use a browser because, of what it has that makes it special; they are & will be drawn to it, excited by it because, of what it has & can do, unlike others. Let its unique stars keep shining, THEY MUST!

There may be heaps of good reasons for using the Chromium Platform and much good may be realized in its performance and that's wonderful. Having the things mentioned above and that's wonderful! (Also, necessary!)



The other one seen enough to include here is being able to set the NTP page, its URL and its search engine.

Cheers,
Drew

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@Drew1903 

 

Since Edge classic didn't have many users to being with, it wouldn't make so much problem for the majority of people.


remember Google chrome has 66% market share and after that sits Firefox with 8% market share. Edge classic only has 7.44% market share.
so it's safe to assume that 93% of people are Not going to miss Set aside tabs or inking.

the sharing you mentioned, it's already available and people can use it. doesn't matter that it's not on toolbar, it's just a tiny small modifications, people can click on the ellipsis menu and see the share button.

Source:
https://mspoweruser.com/netmarketshare-windows-10-sees-a-slight-rise-while-chrome-sees-a-drop-in-the...

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Adding @MissyQ and @fawkes as our new community managers.  

 

At this point in Edge's life, we really can't say definitively what things will or won't ever be in Edge because the circumstances surrounding those decisions change all the time.  Let's take tab preview as an example, because we know that Google is working on something similar (it briefly leaked into our builds a while ago before we turned it off due to its unfinished state).  If and when Google finishes that feature and turns it on by default in all Chrome releases, that changes the value proposition of us including a similar feature.  

 

Inking is another great example because we've already got a very preliminary version of it working on PDFs, and because of that we started the conversation here about what value users would find from us extending that functionality to all web pages:  https://techcommunity.microsoft.com/t5/discussions/inking-on-web-pages-discussion/m-p/1006005.  The insights that we continue to gain in that conversation (among other places) change our understanding of how valuable that feature is to users, which in turn changes our willingness and priority to work on it.  In the end, it all comes down to priority since we're inherently bound by the number of people we have working on Edge, just like with any other company or project.  

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Do Chrome users even know of inking, set-aside?

Is anyone showing them the new features? 98%* of my older clients (aged 60-93) use Classic Edge because it came with Windows 10, but also really like the simple sharing that works with Microsoft Apps and the beautifully clear Favourites/Reading/History/Downloads lists (as featured in a separate discussion on this forum.). A few enjoy inking too.

I am looking forward to introducing Collections to them later

[If ever I am assisting with setting up an Android Phone I normally include Microsoft Launcher and Edge as the defaults, along with Outlook as the mail client. Some relatives of clients I work with have even asked what it is they are using on their phones (with reference to Microsoft Launcher.) ]

*Just for clarity about 2% of those really didn't understand what a browser was in the first place! They do now!
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Microsoft will be extremely lucky if most people don't know about set aside or inking, or didn't use them a lot, because Microsoft is shipping a new Edge that doesn't have those features.