Edge extensions no longer coming to Windows 10 Mobile

By: Madeleine Dean
2 minute read

Microsoft silently changed its roadmap. Now, it appears the tech giant has cancelled Edge extension support for Windows 10 Mobile. In other words, Edge extensions remain on PCs and tablets only.

Users became aware of Microsoft’s decision after the company removed the Mobile icon from the Extension section of its Windows 10 Roadmap. Actually, Edge extensions on Windows 10 Mobile have always been tricky due to limited phone resources and user interface limitations.

microsoft gives up on edge extensions for windows 10 mobile

This decision is surprising when you take into account the fact that Microsoft has repeatedly stated it wants to offer the same Windows 10 experience to all users, irrespective of the device they’re using. So much for Windows 10 being universal.

It wouldn’t be the first time Microsoft breaks its promise. When the Play Anywhere program was first launched, the company promised to let you digitally buy your favorite games once and play it across Xbox One and Windows 10 platforms. After a while, Microsoft changed its mind and decided that not all new Xbox games would come to Windows 10. “Every new title published from Microsoft Studios will support Xbox Play Anywhere” turned into “Every new title published from Microsoft Studios that we showed onstage at E3″.

Microsoft’s decision disappointed many Windows phone users as the extensions currently available for PC users would have come in very handy on phones. For example, Microsoft Translator is much more useful as an Edge Extension on a phone than on PC. After all, when you’re travelling abroad you don’t carry your laptop in your pocket.

Of course, you can live without Edge extensions on your mobile, but what’s most frustrating is that Microsoft offered you a glimpse at what could have been — and snatched it away.

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