Microsoft Edge’s first beta version was made available back in October of 2017. Users had to sign up for a beta to be able to download the app. It was eventually made public just a month later. Since then, it has continued to get updates and new features. Today, Microsoft Edge has received four new features. One of them is probably one of the most requested features of all time: Adblock Plus integration, a.k.a. ad-blocking.
You can enable it by going into app’s settings and the new “Content blockers” section. As you may have already figured, the browser only supports Adblock Plus at this time. You can also toggle “acceptable ads” and add your favorite websites to the whitelist.
The next new feature is intelligent visual search, which helps you find contact info, search by image, and more. It is enabled by default, so there’s really not any toggles or complicated options to set it up. You can start using this feature right after downloading the new version. Edge 42 also includes performance improvements, as well as improved book reading experience, and organization-managed favorites. Here is the official changelog:
Content blocking with Adblock Plus is now available under Settings
Intelligent visual search gives you a cool new way to find contact info, identify landmarks, or find similar images based on a photo
See organization-managed favorites and internal web apps on Intune-managed work and school accounts
A better book reading experience including ability to see/add bookmarks and to change text spacing
You can download Microsoft Edge from the link below if you haven’t already. The update is already available for everyone to try. I think Microsoft’s new approach of focusing on apps is working well, as they’ve been hard at work recently updating their applications for Android and iOS platforms. If you’re curious about alternatives to Chrome, Edge is a nice option.