Microsoft has rolled out a new update for the Canary branch of Chromium-based Edge. The latest update will finally allow users to block automatic media playback on websites.
The use of automatic media playback has soared in the last couple of years. The idea is to play a video as soon as the webpage is loaded. While this is good for the websites, it’s bad for the overall user experience. To battle that, Google started muting the media playback unless the user manually turns on the volume or interacts with the website. Now, Microsoft has added the same feature to the latest Edge Canary build. Hidden under site permissions, the new feature will allow users to decide if they want media to be played automatically or not.
Apart from that, Microsoft has also made the dark mode colour a little lighter and it looks like light grey now. Microsoft has also made minor changes to the tracking protection page. On the sync page, Microsoft has changed the order of options and has added an option to open Microsoft Account in a new tab.
All these new changes and additions are available in Edge Canary v78.0.272.0. Unfortunately, the features are a part of the Controlled Feature Roll-outs in Microsoft Edge so you might not see them right away.