Microsoft to Release Soon Edge Extensions in Windows 10

By: Ivan Jenic
2 minute read

Microsoft introduced Microsoft Edge as the new default browser of the Windows 10 operating system. But Edge is still missing some features that are present in other browsers, and maybe that’s the reason why users tend to choose third-party browsers instead of Microsoft Edge.

However, the company has said that it is constantly working on improvements and new features for Microsoft Edge, and one of the features that should arrive soon is the third-party extensions support. Microsoft already announced this feature last year, but now, the company says that it will arrive with one of the future Windows 10 Redstone builds.

Microsoft said in a blog post that internal testing of extensions for Edge is in the progress, and Windows Insiders will receive the feature very soon.

“Last year, we announced our intent to deliver a new extension platform for Microsoft Edge to replace the often unreliable and insecure native add-ons of the past. Extensions are among the most requested features for Microsoft Edge and we’re building an extension platform powered by web technologies and familiar to developers. Any browser extensibility is a potential vector for malicious software, and our extensions will be vetted, delivered, and managed through the Windows Store,” says Microsoft.

Extension developers are also keeping an eye on Microsoft’s announcements about Edge extensions support, as some of them already started to work on their own extensions for Windows 10’s default web browser.

Still waiting for Redstone features

Extensions support for Microsoft Edge is just one of the many new features that should arrive with the Redstone update for Windows 10. But, although the earliest Redstone builds are already available to Windows Insiders, Microsoft still didn’t reveal any of the possible Redstone features.

However, Gabe Aul, head of the Insider program, today announced a new Redstone build for Windows 10 Preview, and also said that the development team is preparing Windows 10 Preview to receive Redstone features soon.

So, Windows 10 Preview users might finally have an opportunity to test Redstone features soon, and third-party extensions support for Microsoft Edge may be one of the first Redstone feature that will be released to Insiders.

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