New Microsoft Edge features
- Swipe navigation: Edge now supports a swipe gesture to navigate back and forward between pages. You can swipe from anywhere on the page to trigger a navigation on PCs, tablets, or phones which support touch input.
- New extensions: This build supports new extensions, including AdBlock, Adblock Plus, Pinterest, and Save to Pocket. You can install these extensions from the Windows Store.
- Extensions in the Windows Store: Extensions are now available to install via the Windows Store. To install extensions, click the “…” menu, click “Extensions,” and select “Get extensions from the Store.” Sideloading extensions is still supported for developer scenarios, but must be manually enabled via about:flags.
New web platform features
- Web Notifications API is now enabled by default (previously behind a flag)
- Beacon interface is now enabled by default (previously behind a flag)
- Fetch API is now enabled by default (previously behind a flag)
- requestAnimationFrame and overhead of callbacks
Instead of extracting and loading extensions from a local folder, all available extensions can now be downloaded directly from the Windows Store. This change means that your currently installed extensions will be removed, and you’ll have to reinstall the ones you want from the Store. After this, your extensions will be automatically re-downloaded and installed in future updates.
Known issues in build
- If you turn off all extensions without uninstalling them, you may not be able to close the browser or get context menus to work. To avoid this issue, uninstall any extensions you no longer want to use instead of turning them off. If you do hit this issue, to get out of this state you will need to turn on one or more extensions or uninstall all extensions, kill any Microsoft Edge processes running in Task Manager, and restart Microsoft Edge.
- Users of devices containing Sandy Bridge GPU Chipsets graphics hardware may experience rendering issues and instability with Microsoft Edge. To determine whether you have an affected driver, open Device Manager and expand the Display adapters category to see if Intel® HD Graphics 3000 or Intel® HD Graphics 2000 is listed. This problem can be mitigated by temporarily using software rendering instead of GPU rendering. To make this change, navigate to Control Panel > Network and Internet > Internet Options, go to the Advanced tab in the Internet Properties dialog box, and under the Accelerated graphics category, set the Use software rendering instead of GPU rendering option.