*UPDATED* Dev channel update to 88.0.705.9 is live


Hello Insiders!  Today we’re releasing build 88.0.705.9 to the Dev channel.  This is the final build for version 88, and is what will be going out to Beta soon, give or take another small patch or two.  We’re also excited to announce the general availability of WebView2 for .NET as well as WebView2’s fixed distribution model:  https://blogs.windows.com/msedgedev/2020/11/20/announcing-general-availability-of-microsoft-edge-web....  As for what’s new and exciting in this build: 


Added features: 


  • *UPDATED* Added the ability to view 2 PDF pages side-by-side.  Note that this did not make it into the original .9 release.  
  • Improved the History menu to be able to have an icon next to the address bar, to show all the tabs available in recently closed windows, and to be pinnable as a side pane like the recently improved Favorites menu.  For more details, see https://techcommunity.microsoft.com/t5/articles/improvements-to-history-in-microsoft-edge/td-p/18965...
  • Added the ability for Edge to generate new passwords. 
  • Added the ability to copy and edit passwords stored in the browser. 
  • Add price comparison capabilities to the coupons flyout. 
  • Added Picture in Picture support on Mac OS.  Support on other devices coming later.
  • Finished rolling out the search Sidebar. 
  • Enabled the creation of text notes in PDFs on non-Windows platforms.   
  • Added a new management policy to Allow Vertical Tabs.  Note that updates to administrative templates or documentation may not be available yet. 
  • Improved the layout of the Cookies and Site Permissions Settings. 
  • Added a management policy on Mac OS to Override the Update Policy normally used on that OS.  Note that updates to administrative templates or documentation may not be available yet. 
  • Enabled support for the management policies to Allow Legacy TLS Protocols in Web RTC, set a Printer Type Deny List, and change Intranet Redirect Behavior from Chromium. 


Improved reliability: 


  • Fixed a crash on launch on Mac with the error message "AlertNotificationService cannot be opened because of a problem."
  • Fixed a crash when navigating to different websites while certain extensions are installed. 
  • Fixed a crash when using Pinterest suggestions in Collections. 
  • Fixed an issue where clicking the … menu inside a collection sometimes crashes the Collections pane. 
  • Fixed an issue where websites sometimes fail to sign in with an ERR_SSL_CLIENT_AUTH_CERT_NEEDED error after rebooting the device. 


Changed behavior: 


  • Changed favorite folder flyouts from the Favorites Bar to no longer dismiss when opening a favorite in a new tab. 
  • Fixed an issue where streaming music from Spotify when it’s installed as an app/PWA sometimes fails. 
  • Fixed an issue where extension icons can’t be moved between the address bar and the … menu because the context menu option to do so is grayed out. 
  • Fixed an issue where the search box on the new tab page sometimes doesn’t work after entering full screen mode. 
  • Fixed an issue where autofill suggestions aren’t appearing on webpages where they should be. 
  • Fixed an issue where annotations on a Web Capture sometimes get unintentionally erased. 
  • Fixed an issue where certain Collections features aren’t accessible if the pane is zoomed beyond a certain level. 
  • Fixed an issue where Text Notes in a read-only PDF aren’t accessible. 
  • Obsoleted the management policies for Default Plugin Settings, Plugins Allowed For Urls, Plugins Blocked For Urls, and Run All Flash In Allow Mode due to the impending retirement of Flash. 


Known issues: 


  • The new tab button sometimes is placed incorrectly after closing a tab.  It should still be functional. 
  • Certain extensions such as the Microsoft Editor extension don’t work on Linux.  As soon as they’re installed, they crash and are disabled.  We’re currently investigating. 
  • Users of certain ad blocking extensions may experience playback errors on Youtube.  As a workaround, temporarily disabling the extension should allow playback to proceed.  See https://techcommunity.microsoft.com/t5/articles/known-issue-adblock-causing-errors-on-youtube/m-p/14... for more details. 
  • Some users are still running into an issue where all tabs and extensions immediately crash with a STATUS_INVALID_IMAGE_HASH error.  The most common cause of this error is outdated security or antivirus software from vendors like Symantec, and in those cases, updating that software will fix it. 
  • Users of the Kaspersky Internet Suite who have the associated extension installed may sometimes see webpages like Gmail fail to load.  This failure is due to the main Kaspersky software being out of date, and is thus fixed by making sure the latest version is installed. 
  • Some users are seeing favorites get duplicated after we made some previous fixes in that area. The most common way this is triggered is by installing the Stable channel of Edge and then signing into it with an account that has already signed into Edge before.  This issue should be reduced now that automatic deduplication has been introduced into Insider channels.  However, we’ve also seen duplication happen when running the manual deduplicator on multiple machines before either machine has a chance to fully sync its changes, so while we wait for the automatic deduplication to make it to Stable, make sure to leave plenty of time in between runs of the deduplicator. 
  • After an initial fix for it recently, some users are still experiencing Edge windows becoming all black.  Opening the Browser Task Manager (keyboard shortcut is shift + esc) and killing the GPU process usually fixes it.  Note that this only appears to affect users with certain hardware and is most easily triggered by resizing an Edge window.  For users with discrete GPUs, updating graphics drivers may help. 
  • Some users are seeing “wobbling” behavior when scrolling using trackpad gestures or touchscreens, where scrolling in one dimension also causes the page to subtly scroll back and forth in the other.  Note that this only affects certain websites and seems to be worse on certain devices.  This is most likely related to our ongoing work to bring scrolling back to parity with Edge Legacy’s behavior, so if this behavior is undesirable, you can temporarily turn it off by disabling the edge://flags/#edge-experimental-scrolling flag. 
  • There are some issues where users with multiple audio output devices sometimes don’t get any sound from Edge.  In one case, Edge becomes muted in the Windows Volume Mixer and unmuting it fixes it.  In another, restarting the browser fixes it. 


As always, we couldn’t do this without all your valuable input! 


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When can Linux log in to the Microsoft account to synchronize information?which version can this feature be released?


@josh_bodner wrote:

@HotCakeX I'm actually not sure if the panes not remembering their pin state is intended or a bug, so let me ask.  

Thanks, I really hope it's not intended, because that'd be wrong..

also the new favorites and history buttons take too long to show their contents and requiring user to wait that long, and then click on the pin icon, every single time again, and wait some more for the sidebar to appear.. not useful.


@eduardobragaxz wrote:
An easy fix would be to not let us click the favorite/history button for it to close, then you'd be forced to click on the "x". Because when they're just floating over the page, clicking again on their respective buttons will close and reopen, and that doesn't happen when the pane is fixed. It just closes. To me it doesn't make much sense for it to remember if it was pinned or not.

it's not about closing favorites/history menus that open from the toolbar, it's the fact that when user chooses to use sidebar instead of the flyout experience, then it should be remembered, and Not require user to do this action every time, repeatedly, just to get sidebar.

If I want to use sidebar instead of flyout, then show me sidebar when I click on favorites button, why do I have to click on the pin icon again and again if I already chose to view the sidebar version.



@martinnn wrote:
A bug relating to changing Edge's design from Material Design to Fluent Design? Knowing the Edge team, they'll never fix it.

not really related to design systems, the ellipsis menu button was just a temporary problem, probably coming from Chromium, it's already been fixed in higher version






font size in the addressbar  is so small, is it possible to adjust it?



I dont mind, whether vertical or horizontal. Vertically they take less real estate on the address bar.

@josh_bodner Webcam detection is broken in this build. I tested and verified this on Google Meet and Whereby.

@sudokai I'm seeing this too, but only on MacOS, and not on Windows 10 with the same build.  Were you on MacOS as well?

Thank you @josh_bodner 

Very excited and WebView2 seems very interesting.

I really love password related features too.

@keeganwitt Indeed it is a Mac.

@sudokai For me, it was on 10.15 (Catalina).  I haven't tested 11 (Big Sur).


I've created a new topic to continue this discussion: https://techcommunity.microsoft.com/t5/discussions/webcam-detection-broke-with-88-0-705-9-dev-channe...



I'd just like to say a big thanks for 'Changed favorite folder flyouts from the Favorites Bar to no longer dismiss when opening a favorite in a new tab'. That's a sine qua non for me with a browser, and something I repeatedly asked for last year and early this year, but gave up as there appeared to be no reaction. It's a big step towards making Edge usable for me as a browser.


Unfortunately it came just one day after I belatedly realised that you've taken a huge step back for me with the downloads experience. Firstly, I need to be able to see info live during a download to keep an eye on how it is doing, like e.g. a display of the speed, which is lacking on the native Edge download shelf. The solution for this was any of a number of extensions in both Edge and Google Chrome extension store that replace the native download shelf with either a custom shelf or a dropdown from a toolbar button that display more info on how the download is doing. But the new 'open. save or save as' selection is on the native download shelf, so using any of the extensions that replace it means the 'open save or save as' doesn't appear on screen at all, leaving all the downloads to stall at 99% without the download completing or the display at any point of the save as dialogue. The only way to get the 'open save or save as' is to additionally go to the ellipsis menu, open the Edge Download page, and perform the 'open save or save as' there with all the assorted extra menu opening and tab swapping. Simply not acceptable.


And then there's the issue of the 'save as' always opening in the 'Downloads' folder. I've seen people complaining that it should open in the last saved to folder. For me it's more than that, because in Firefox it doesn't just remember the last saved-to folder, it separately remembers the last saved-to folder for each file type. I save anything from a few to a lot of files almost every day. Software goes into a sub-directory of one top level directory on my D drive; books into various directories at least 3 levels down from a different top-level directory on my D drive; pictures into at least 3 levels down of a top-level directory on my E drive; video/films at least 4 levels down a different top-level directory on the E drive; 3DCGI assets many levels down in yet another top-level directory on the E drive, etc. With Firefox this is very painless as if I'm downloading an .exe the save as dialogue opens on the D drive sub-sub-directory I save almost all .exes into, whereas if I got to save a jpeg the save as dialogue opens somewhere in whichever sub-sub-sub directory of the E drive I last saved a jpeg to, which will be either the right directory (especially of its one of a sequence I'm saving together) or very close to the folder I want.  This is a HUGE time saver when downloading in Firefox. But as things stand now on Edge, starting with the now extra trip down to the download shelf to pick 'save as' on every download when downloading, say, 20 jpegs is bad enough - there MUST be a way to set 'always save as' in options - but add in navigating in the save as dialogue to a different drive and sub-sub-sub directory every time when downladng 20 jpegs, then 30 .rars or .zips elsewhere is just ... too hideous to contemplate. And as I said, I have downloading sessions pretty much every day.


I'm sorry, but unless you (a) provide a way to set it to always 'save as', or at least deal another way with getting the choice of save destination when an extension is in use that replaces the native download shelf (and the sheer number of extensions that provide replacements for the download shelf in both Google Chrome and Edge extension stores should indicate to you that a fair few users want this), and (b) have Edge remember and employ the last used directory per filetype when opening the save as dialogueEdge is simply useless for my daily downloading. In fact the only way I can see of using Edge as my browser would be to browse in Edge, but then use the 'Open in Firefox' extension tool button to throw any page I want to download from over to Firefox to do the download in Firefox. But if that, then why not just browse in Firefox? So I will go on with Firefox as my browser for actual use.


Well, I got my favourite bar dropdown menus not closing after opening a favourite in the background a month or two more than a year after I asked, so maybe I'll get a download experience I can actually use sometime early in 2022.

@Kam We just pulled the ... fix into this build, so when it takes a minor update later this week, it will be fixed!  

"*UPDATED* Added the ability to view 2 PDF pages side-by-side. "

this is awesome, though I would like it to scroll horizontally too, just like a book and in Edge legacy.

by the way any news about pin\unpinned state of favorites/history buttons being a bug or not?

@HotCakeX Okay, it looks like we're actually tracking the favorites/history collapse state very closely to see how many people repeatedly pin it since we intentionally aren't remembering the collapse state.  The data will tell us whether or not we should change the default behavior.  

Thanks that's good to know, hopefully it will result in a good user experience.
in my case, when I see it takes so much time, I just use the arrow on favorites bar until that changes.

@josh_bodner I have some concerns about the metric you are monitoring. I am one of the people who supports remembering the pinned state. But since it doesn't work that way at the moment, I am not pinning favorites. In my case the current behavior discourages me from taking the action that seems to be the metric for how much people want this feature and I will not show up as someone who is repeatedly pinning favorites. But I may not be understanding how the metric is defined.

Favorites and history should be grouped as one thing with a different heading like we had in internet explorer especially if we want it to be a sidebar thing.
If they did this for two-page PDF's then they would need a horizontal scroll bar and I really like the idea. If you want an idea of what they should really do with two-page PDF's then try it in Microsoft word 365 it is great. That is what they should be doing with two page PDF's