Microsoft Edge now supports real-time web notifications

By: Ivan Jenic
2 minute read

Microsoft is looking to improve Microsoft Edge in every Windows 10 Preview build. The latest release, build 14342, also brought a handful features that should make the browser more functional. One of these features is the real-time web notifications feature, which sends notifications from websites directly to the Action Center.

Once you receive a notification from a website that supports this feature, a user will receive that notification in the Action Center just as they would receive notifications from regular UWP apps. For example, a message on Facebook will prompt Microsoft Edge to let the user know about it even if you’re not currently in the browser.

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A lot of rival browsers already support website notifications but only deliver them in-browser. This makes Microsoft Edge the first browser to send notifications directly to the Action Center (although Google might bring Chrome notifications to the Action Center soon, too). This is not a surprise since Edge is Microsoft’s browser and it’s completely natural for it to be more compatible with Windows 10 than other browsers.

For now, this feature is available only to Windows Insiders using the latest build 14342. Just like the many features Insiders received in the previous Preview builds, real-time web notifications will also arrive to regular users with the Anniversary update this July. Edge has been recently updated with support for WOFF 2.0 fonts and Google WebM, as well.

Do you find this feature useful? Which Microsoft Edge feature would you like to see in the next Windows 10 Preview build? Let us know in the comments below!

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