Microsoft recently reset the Skip Ahead Ring and changed the RS5 branch indicating that the new feature update is almost ready. However, the company might be planning on adding a few surprises to Microsoft Edge as well.
Microsoft has been working on Edge for a long time now and while the browser performs basic tasks perfectly, it still lacks a couple of advanced features. It looks like Microsoft might now be planning to add a few surprises with the final RS5 update. The new features coming to Microsoft Edge are the ability to set a custom page for the new tab, the ability to show/hide the favourite bar and the ability to set custom URL for the Home Tab. Both of the features were revealed by the policy editor suggesting that these features might be coming soon to the Insider builds as well as to the final release.
Until now users didn’t have much choice when it came to set the default page for the new tab. However, with the upcoming Edge update, Microsoft will allow users to set custom web pages for the new tab. Right now, it doesn’t work even when forced from the policy editor but it should work in the future builds once enabled by Microsoft.
The other new feature coming to Microsoft Edge is the ability to show/hide favourites bar when browsing the internet. Right now, Microsoft Edge will show the favourite bar only on the new tab and it disappears once the user opens a new website. However, with the upcoming update, Microsoft will allow users to hide the bar even while opening the start page. The feature will work similarly to how it works on Google Chrome. This will allow users to have more control over the favourites bar and allow them to access the bookmarked websites easily.
The last feature will allow users to set a custom URL for the Home Button. Right now, Microsoft Edge only allows users to go back to the start page when they press the Home button. However, with the upcoming RS5 update, Microsoft will allow users to set a custom website for the Home Button. For example, users can set Bing as the URL and when they click the Home Button, Edge will take them to Bing instead of the Start Page.
All of these features are not enabled in the latest Fast Ring Build 17713 but will be able in the upcoming builds. For now, we aren’t sure about the timeline but these changes will surely make Microsoft Edge better and more useful for the customers.