Built-in unit converter, calculator, and speed tester coming to Edge

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Just a few days ago we were talking about how Edge Canary Insiders gained the ability to close tabs by simply double-clicking on them.

We’re back with some more interesting new features that seek to create a jack-of-all-trades browser, with Microsoft just adding more utilities to Edge, not planning to stop soon.

Let’s get right into it and discover together all of the new additions that will slowly make their way towards mass release.

Edge Insiders testing new built-in browser features

Judging from a new post on the Microsoft 365 Roadmap, Edge will soon receive three new built-in utilities, in the form of a calculator, unit converter, and speed test.

And, to answer the next question, Microsoft said that August updates for Edge will add your favorite tools to the popular browser’s sidebar.

Indeed, the rollout date for these new additions is August 2022, which means that we only have to wait a month and a half for them.

What you should know is that, if you use Microsoft Edge Canary to test early updates and features before Microsoft ships them to the general public, you can already access the new utilities from the sidebar.

Thus, Edge Canary 105 comes with a world clock, calculator, dictionary, translator, unit converter, and Internet speed test.

The Redmond-based tech giant has been on a never-ending quest to turn Edge into everybody’s main choice, with constant additions and an aggressive adoption campaign.

If you remember, Microsoft also added a built-in VPN service for Edge, called Microsoft Edge Secure Network, which encrypts internet connection to help protect user data from online threats like hackers.

And, when using this VPN, user data is routed from Edge through an encrypted tunnel to create a secure connection, even when using a non-secure URL that starts with HTTP.

Edge users have been constantly unhappy with the way the company has been bloating the browser with useless features that nobody is interested in.

That being said, Edge is so full of niche capabilities and features that its context menus no longer fit on one screen, another thing that Microsoft is currently working on.

Now, with the introduction of truly useful features, Redmond developers hope to restore user confidence in their flagship browser.

Have you already tested these new features? Share your experience with us in the comments section below.

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