Google Chrome browser to get Edge’s Reading View on the desktop

I’ll be the first to admit that Microsoft did not invent Reading View, but after Dark Mode and Tab Card Previews, it seems a bit of a coincidence that the latest feature Google is set to work on is a new Reader Mode for the Chrome Browser.

Chrome in fact already has a Reader Mode, but this is only available on the Android version of the browser, hidden in accessibility settings.

Now according to a bug report on dated January 28, 2019, Google, is set to implement “Reader mode for the desktop” saying “The simplified view offered by Chrome on Android should also be available on desktop platforms”.

Like Reading View on Edge, the simplified view would strip out menus, advertisements, sidebar and other distracting elements at the click of a button.

While development has started, it is not known when the feature will ship, but this will presumably be followed by Google adding Reading lists and Pen Annotation to their browser.


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