With the upcoming Creators Update for Windows 10, Microsoft is introducing a bunch of new features for Microsoft Edge. The company has been testing some of the new Microsoft Edge features with Windows Insiders for a while now, but it’s detailing some of the main new upcoming features for Microsoft Edge in a new blog post.
Microsoft Edge is getting two new tab management features to help users with web browsing. The company stated that Windows users are spending more than 50% of their time on the web, but they have trouble managing all the different tabs, which is why the company is introducing a new Set Tabs Aside feature. This feature will essentially allow users to save a group of tabs aside which they can get back to at a later date. Microsoft Edge is also getting a new tab expand feature that allows users to view thumbnails of all their open tabs with a single click.
Along with these two new tab management features, Microsoft is introducing some other pretty big features on Edge with the Creators Update. Firstly, the company is bringing support for WebVR to Edge, which will allow users to view virtual reality content from the web right on their Windows 10 device. This feature will be mostly useful if you buy a Windows Holographic headset once those are available for purchase as you should be able to view VR content from the web on your Windows Holographic headset without having to install any extra software.
Another new feature in Edge that’s coming with the Creators Update is support for the new Payment Request API. The new Payment API aims to simplify payments on Microsoft Edge as it connects with your Microsoft Account and lets you use the payment methods which you have already set-up on your Microsoft Account. To put it simply, the new Payment Request API will allow you to buy something online with less than 5 clicks — but it’ll take a while until a lot of major websites and online retailers start supporting this new API.
Microsoft also featured other new features in Microsoft Edge such as the new Book Store and support for EPUB in Edge which gives you the ability to read digital books on any of your Windows 10 devices. The company has also made Edge more powerful for extension developer, as it now lets developers use more than 30% APIs on their extensions with the Creators Update than they were able to do with the Anniversary Update.
More importantly, Microsoft is continuing to improve Edge’s performance and safety — the company claims Edge is going to be even faster, more efficient and more secure with the Creators Update. At the moment, Microsoft is yet to provide details on the exact performance improvements for Edge, but it’ll share more details regarding the improvements sometime soon.
Once again, all of these new features will be available on Microsoft Edge with the upcoming Windows 10 Creators Update, which is expected to be released this April as a free upgrade to all existing Windows 10 users.