Here's what people are saying about crypto wallet on Edge

Another day, another useless feature.

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Key notes

  • A crypto wallet feature is reportedly coming on Microsoft Edge.
  • The move has been wildly controversial.
  • It's not the first time Microsoft was thrown in hot water over its browser.

Microsoft has reportedly been testing out a new feature of an Ethereum-based crypto wallet on its often-overlooked Edge browser, and it’s safe to say that not everyone is happy about it. 

As spotted by Windows enthusiast Albacore (@thebookisclosed), UI showing Microsoft’s Web3 “non-custodial crypto wallet” is currently out on several select users in its insider program. It can be accessed by typing edge://wallet/crypto/overview into the search bar. 

As an insider program only, the crypto wallet on Edge is still prone to bugs here and there, which is still far from general availability. On top of that, Microsoft also states that it will not reimburse any lost funds caused by errors within this confidential project. 

“We encourage you to test our first Web3 wallet and provide candid feedback along the journey. As the first testers you have the unique opportunity to shape our foray into cryptocurrencies and NFTs.”

You can also view your assets on the tab, send/receive cryptocurrencies in Transactions, and keep up with the latest news on Explore. 

It’s quite a risky move, considering how much money can crypto currency bring to the table. And, despite encouraging insiders to test out this internal beta project, many people don’t seem to be so happy about it. 

What have people been saying about crypto wallet on Edge?

People’s response to this news has been quite polarizing, if not hugely unpopular and controversial. 

One user wrote a lengthy message on Reddit that it could remove Edge’s simplicity, which has somewhat become its trademark despite tons of features added recently. And, apart from this, it could also pose terrible security threats to its users and do nothing but make them retreat to its competitor. 

“After so many attempts at regaining the top spot that Internet Explorer once held, MS finally has a chance with Edge and I really, really, really hope they don’t squander it. People only ever leave their defaults for very specific reasons, and Edge being a lighter, cleaner browser was a huge part of why it brought over many users from other browsers.”

With that said, it’s not the first time Microsoft was thrown in hot water for adding features that are deemed useless. When Redmond officials rolled out its Bing AI chatbot companion and the useable sidebar, many complained that they’d somehow taken away Edge’s humble UI that attracted them in the first place. 

It’s still unclear whether this crypto wallet feature will come to general users, but given its unpopularity within the insiders’ community, chances are it’s slim to none. 

How do you rate this potential move? Let us know in the comments!

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