The the first version of Edge 96 is now available on the dev channel with some novelties. Version 96.0.1028.0 also brings some improvements to the iOS version of the browser, such as the ability to swipe to close tabs and the ability to restore tabs on startup.
The company also noted that the rollout of the new version of the Unified Code Base-based browser is “almost” complete, meaning that most users will have received the update on Android and iOS by replacing the numbers. version by their desktop counterparts. The browser is also heading towards Xbox users, however, the company says the version numbers might not match those on the desktop due to the browser shipped as part of the operating system instead of a standalone app.
With Edge now following a four-week release cadence, builds are promoted faster through dev channels. As a result, Edge 95 has already started rolling out to beta channel users, bringing the view restore to PDF, the new Windows 11 style design, and more.
That being said, here are all of the new features added as part of today’s update:
- Added a shortcut button in the settings to customize the Web Widget.
- Added a setting on iOS to restore tabs on startup.
- Added the ability to swipe to close tabs on iOS.
- Features enabled by default:
- The ability to view downloaded Office files directly in the browser.
- The ability to change payment card information before uploading it to Microsoft Pay.
- Chromium business rules for which we have enabled support:
- Check if the audio process will have high priority enabled, which is a temporary measure to work around audio capture issues when the audio process is running at normal priority.
- Set the PDF raster print resolution, which controls the resolution at which PDF files are printed when printed using rasterization.
- Control PostScript print mode, which controls the speed and quality of printing certain fonts.
As is always the case, there are a bunch of fixes that improve browser reliability and fix crashes. Here is the full list of reliability improvements:
- Fixed a crash when opening some pop-up windows.
- Fixed a crash when opening a Shopping pop-up window.
- Fixed a crash when highlighting text.
- Fixed a crash when logging into the browser.
- Fixed a crash when using Family Safety.
- Fixed a crash when closing WebView2 applications while download pop-ups are open (Number 1723).
- Fixed an issue on Windows 11 where updating the browser can sometimes lead to deletion of files necessary for WebView2 applications to run, resulting in crashes or errors when attempting to launch the applications or the browser.
And here are all the improvements that have been made to deal with the behavior change:
- Fixed an issue where text annotations on PDF documents would sometimes not save all typed text.
- Fixed an issue where items sometimes could not be added to collections.
- Fixed an issue where overscroll would not work when scrolling with a trackpad or touchscreen.
- Fixed an issue where some shopping features were available in InPrivate when they should not be.
- Fixed an issue where the Set context menu option sometimes did nothing.
- Fixed an issue where ungrouping a tab group could sometimes make the tabs invisible.
- Fixed an issue where websites and apps could not be pinned to the Windows taskbar.
- Fixed an issue where opening a PWA or website installed as an app sometimes fails or just opens a standard browser tab.
- Fixed an issue in Kids Mode where logging into Minecraft would fail.
- Fixed an issue where browser accounts were sometimes logged out after updating the app.
- Fixed an issue where closing the last tab would not automatically open the new tab page.
- Fixed an issue where Top Sites tiles did not appear when entering text in the address bar.
- Fixed an issue where requesting the desktop version of a website would sometimes not work.
- Fixed an issue where parts of the Tab Center UI are sometimes missing.
- Fixed an issue where favorites cannot be renamed.
- Fixed an issue where translating pages would sometimes interrupt interactivity with certain web page elements.
Finally, there are the known issues that the company documents with every update. In what might be a welcome improvement, the deduplication issue appears to have been resolved completely, which is why it has been “removed” from the list of known issues. Here is the full list of issues that still exist:
- Users of some ad blocking extensions may experience playback errors on YouTube. As a workaround, temporarily disabling the extension should allow playback to continue. See this help article for more details.
- Some users still encounter an issue where all tabs and extensions immediately crash with STATUS_INVALID_IMAGE_HASH error. The most common cause of this error is outdated security software or anti-virus software from vendors like Symantec, and in these cases updating this software will fix it.
- Sometimes Kaspersky Internet Suite users who have installed the associated extension may see web pages such as Gmail not loading. This failure is due to the fact that the main Kaspersky software is out of date and therefore is resolved by ensuring that the latest version is installed.
- Some users experience “jitter” behavior when scrolling using trackpad gestures or touch screens, where scrolling in one dimension also results in subtle page scrolling in the other. Note that this only affects certain websites and appears to be worse on some devices. This is most likely related to our ongoing work to bring scrolling back to parity with Edge Legacy behavior, so if this behavior is unwanted you can temporarily disable it by disabling the edge flag: // flags / # edge -experimental-scrolling.
The new version has started rolling out on a phased basis to Dev Channel users. Those on the beta channel can head to the About Microsoft Edge settings and check for updates to check out the latest version of Edge 95. Stable channel users were also served Edge 94 last week.