If you are planning to migrate to Microsoft’s Edge browser but haven’t found enough reason to do so, now might be the right time to make the switch as Microsoft is rolling out a slate of new improvements and features to the browser this fall.
Those changes are shipping with the Creators Update due for release in April 2017. The updated browser will bring to fruition the efforts made by the Windows Insiders over the last couple of months, introducing the ability to manage multiple tabs, support online payments, Windows Store e-books, and virtual reality. Microsoft also plans to roll out a stable version of WebRTC 1.0 with plenty of codec support.
To help you control multiple tabs, Edge will add a new drop-down Tab preview with a row of thumbnail images of all opened pages. You can also group active tabs to organize your tasks. The feature is especially helpful when you are in the habit of opening a great deal of multiple tabs. With the upcoming changes coming to Edge, you will be able to switch between tasks more easily.
Microsoft is also improving Edge to help you gain access to custom font sizes, themes navigation control, Cortana integration, and layouts when reading e-books. The e-books feature saw the light of day last month, though it was available only to Insiders in the U.S.
Edge will also receive the new Payment Request API, which supports the Microsoft Wallet on Windows 10. The feature allows you to store payment and shipping information in the Wallet to speed up the checkout process when making a payment online.
Another major change coming to Edge is Microsoft’s 3D Paint reboot and VR as part of Redmond’s effort to embrace 3D for the browser. The goal is to support an increasing number of websites that have VR content. Microsoft in particular will support the WebVR API developed by Mozilla to help display VR content on the web and to let people use VR headsets when viewing VR content.
Other new updates coming to Edge include support for the WebRTC real-time communications tool, as well as RTC support for the H.264/AVC and VP8 video codecs. The tools enable real-time video communications between various browsers without using plugins.
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