• New features coming to Edge are among the highlights of the first day at Microsoft Build 2020.
  • Automatic profile switching, Pinterest-Collections integration, and sidebar searching are some of the features.
  • Do you want more news about this year's Build event? Go to our Microsoft Build 2020 Hub.
  • For extensive coverage of the chromium browser, check out our Edge section.
Microsoft Edge

New features coming to Edge are among the highlights of the first day at Microsoft Build 2020.

The chromium-based browser will soon offer a smart Pinterest integration that makes the Collections feature even more powerful.

The company announced other Edge capabilities targeted at all users, from developers and IT professionals to workers. The enhancements touch on areas like browser privacy, utility, and data security.

New Edge features include Pinterest and Collections integration

The purpose of this improvement is to enable you to become more productive with Collections in Edge. If you usually use the feature to organize content, integration with Pinterest should enable you to get what you want much quicker.

Now, Collections in Microsoft Edge is collaborating with Pinterest to help you discover relevant content for your research or project. This new integration with Pinterest will help you find ideas to spark inspiration, save time, and be more productive by suggesting content related to what you have already collected.

Sidebar search

Microsoft Build 2020 has another surprise addition to Edge. That is the ability to search without switching tabs. The search results simply display on a side pane.

To look up any phrase or word online, highlight and right click it. The context menu that comes up includes the option to search in sidebar.

Data security

Windows Information Protection in Edge adds a vital security layer. The idea is to separate official files from company data within the browser.

With this feature, Microsoft is targeting IT professionals using Windows 10.

Switching user profiles in Edge

More than three weeks ago in April, Microsoft announced that it was updating Edge with the ability to automatically switch between user profiles. It has kept that promise.

If you try to access a work account from your laptop at home, you may sometimes  be in your personal Edge profile without even knowing it. So now, the browser prevents that by alerting and prompting you to change to the right profile.

Some of these features, such as the new Collections, are rolling out slowly. Feel free to share your experience with them or ask any questions in the comments section below.