Microsoft is slowly rolling out extensions support for its new web browser, Edge. While that’s good, folks have been wondering that since the Edge is an Universal app, will the mobile version support extensions as well.
We can confirm right now that the software giant is indeed working on bringing extension support to Edge on Windows 10 Mobile. This is not something that will hit home this year via the Anniversary Update. We understand this is due to technical difficulties, so chances are the Redstone 2 update will see the feature released to the masses.
To bring the feature to mobile devices, Microsoft must first get its head around the fact that mobile devices have limited resources to go around. We don’t want to end up using multiple extensions only to find our web browser and smartphone slowing down to a halt.
Microsoft must also find a way to get extension icons to seamlessly integrate into the web browser. To get everything to work, it will take some time, and that is why we’re glad the company released a roadmap for us to keep up with the progress being made.
Until then, we can continue taking advantage of extensions for the desktop version of Microsoft Edge. Already, there are several extensions available which includes, AdBlock, OneNote Web Clipper, Pinterest, Microsoft Translator and more. Once the feature is available to the wider public, developers will then be able to submit their extensions to the Windows Store, main hub for anyone who wants to download extensions for Edge.
At the time of writing, only Adblock and Adblock Plus are available in the store, but folks are required to have the latest Windows 10 Insider build before seeking them out.
Keep in mind these extensions are still in testing. We’ve experienced an issue after using Adblock Plus where Microsoft Edge refuses to launch properly. A complete refresh of the system seems to be the only fix at this time.