During Ignite 2022, Microsoft unveiled several new updates coming to its Edge browser. The biggest addition is a new Microsoft Edge Workspaces feature, which allows users to collaborate on a shared set of browser tabs and relevant files with their colleagues in real time. The Workspaces feature is currently available in preview for Edge Insiders.
“For example, let’s say a new team member is hired on an existing project. Instead of overwhelming them with links and files via email, the team can share a link to their Microsoft Edge workspaces, which has all of their relevant files and links open as browser tabs. As the team works together, the tabs update in real time, so everyone stays on the same page,” said Frank X. Shaw, CVP for Communications at Microsoft.
In addition to workspaces, Microsoft highlighted new security features in Microsoft Edge. These features are designed to protect Windows users against phishing attacks and malware. Website typo protection prevents users from browsing to fraudulent or malicious websites.
Microsoft Edge users can also enable enhanced safety mode to ensure a safe browsing experience on unknown websites. It disables Just-In-Time compilation to protect users from memory-related vulnerabilities.
Microsoft Edge adds new accessibility features
Microsoft also announced the general availability of a few new accessibility features in its Edge browser. It is now possible to display live captions while watching videos in the web browser. Narrator integration in Microsoft Edge improves with contextual information on buttons and field names.
Finally, Microsoft Edge is getting a new “Instant Replies” feature that lets users see instant search results when searching for a place, person, or thing in the address bar. Users can also customize page colors to improve the reading experience for people with disabilities. This feature is currently available in preview for Edge Insiders.