Automatic profile switching now live in Edge Stable channel

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  • Microsoft Edge Stable channel has been updated with automatic profile switching.
  • Other updates include drag and drop in Collections and Immersive Reader enhancements.
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Edge automatic profile switching

Microsoft Edge automatic profile switching has finally come to the Stable channel. The Chromium-based browser has been gradually receiving enhancements that make it more user-friendly and secure ever since it launched on January 15 this year.

As the evolution of Edge continues, Microsoft Build 2020 revealed a whole bunch of new features coming to or already available in the browser. These include tracking prevention, Collections and Pinterest integration, and a host of DevTools enhancements.

What is Edge automatic profile switching?

If you use multiple profiles in Edge, such as personal and business, you may want to avoid mixing up data associated with either of them. Automatic profile switching enables you to do that, says Microsoft.

The feature comes in handy when, from your personal profile, you attempt to access an official website that requires authentication. With the latest update, Edge detects that issue and prompts you to change to your business or work profile.

Once you have picked the appropriate work profile, the portal or site you are trying to access opens in it. In this case, authentication is automatic.

 Automatic Profile Switching is now available to help you get to your work content more easily across profiles. If you use multiple profiles at work, you can check it out by navigating to a site requiring authentication from your work or school account while on your personal profile. When we detect this, you will receive a prompt to switch to your work profile to access that site without having to authenticate to it.

Other Microsoft Edge updates

The updates now live in the Edge Stable channel include drag and drop for the Collections feature. Also, the ability to sync extensions across multiple devices has been introduced.

Additionally, you will notice Immersive Reader and Microsoft Defender SmartScreen enhancements in your updated Edge.

Microsoft is not pushing all these features at once though. The company does not wish to overwhelm Edge users with tons of updates.

As always, feel free to leave any feedback or questions in the comments section below.